The New York Public Library Partners With Data Conversion Laboratory to Expand Access to Copyright Records

FEBRUARY 1, 2019The New York Public Library  has partnered with DCL, an industry leader in structured data and content transformations, to complete the initial phase of a project to extract data and organize historical records of the United States Copyright Office, making those records searchable and increasingly accessible.

The first phase of the project—which supports the Library’s mission to make information accessible to all—calls for the extraction and parsing  of data contained in the records  of hundreds of thousands of pages of mid-20th Century Federal copyright records related to printed works spanning the time period between 1923 to 1964. While the data is available at GitHub, later phases will make this data accessible to all members of the public via a web-based platform, transforming the laborious, manual process of searching copyright records into a much simpler task.

Each year, millions of people interact with the Library’s content, including databases, online classes and programs, digitized collections items (including manuscripts and photographs), and more. The new addition of data from the US Copyright office will add another element, giving the public the ability to discover content, narrow search results, identify relevant records, and view both machine-readable text and an image of the printed record.

From the Library’s perspective, the extraction of this data also specifically helps the organization track and find copyright information on printed works, giving it the tools to quickly determine how to make widely accessible an increased number of books and other creative pieces.

“Extracting data from the copyright records is of vital importance to the public and to the copyright industries that make up a significant part of the U.S. economy,” explains Sean Redmond, Senior Product Manager at NYPL. “Creating a searchable and accessible database also benefits the scholarly community interested in various aspects of the creation, production, and ownership of creative works.”

“We’re proud of DCL’s ability to harness leading-edge technology to meet challenging information projects like these,” adds Mark Gross, CEO & President at DCL. “By extracting and structuring over a hundred years of unstructured copyright records into an accurate unified database, NYPL will unlock previously buried information to create an important resource for researchers and the public, world-wide, to further facilitate NYPL’s mission.”

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This project was made possible with funding from Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, and the Ford Foundation.

Media Contacts:

New York Public Library: Angela Montefinise,

DCL: Marianne Calilhanna,

About The New York Public Library

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About DCL

DCL ( provides data and content transformation services and solutions. Using the latest innovations in artificial intelligence, including machine learning and natural language processing, DCL helps businesses organize and structure data and content for modern technologies and platforms. With expertise across many industries including publishing, life sciences, government, manufacturing, technology and professional organizations, DCL uses its advanced technology and U.S.-based project management teams to solve the most complex conversion challenges securely, accurately and on time. Founded in 1981, DCL was named one of EContent's Top 100 Companies in the Digital Content Industry.