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Open Audio Weekend Hackathon: Exploring Audio Accessibility for the Public Good

On June 25 and 26, the Library welcomed developers, designers, data scientists, audio producers, and others to a two-day hackathon designed to advance the cause of audio accessibility and explore future uses of media archives online. Read More ›

National Photo Month at the Digital Imaging Unit

As professional photographers, nothing brings us more pleasure than to be faced with the prints of photographic luminaries and to be able to attend to their translation into the networked landscape. Here are a few highlights from our most beloved encounters with the library’s photo collections that we’ve seen along the way. Read More ›

The OldNYC App Is Here! We Spoke with Its Creators

The OldNYC experience is now available on mobile phones—discover what was there at thousands of locations across Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island. We talked to the developers to learn more about their work with our collections.Read More ›

Together We Listen: Make Hundreds of NYC Stories Accessible—One Word at a Time

Are you familiar with the NYPL Community Oral History Project? Take a few moments to listen to some highlights or just dive right into our full collection of stories.Read More ›

Introducing the Photographers’ Identities Catalog

PIC is a collection of biographical data for over 115,000 photographers, studios, manufacturers, dealers, and others involved in the production of photographs.Read More ›

Emigrant City: A Collaborative Resource

Find your great-great-uncle or the former owner of your apartment building: We’ve built an interface for you to browse records after searching names, addresses, and other fields.Read More ›

Nomadic Classification: Classmark History and New Browsing Tool

Classification, the basic process of categorization, is simple in theory but becomes complex in practice. At their core these various systems of categorization are simply based on good faith judgments. Whoever organized your local grocery thought: “Cookies seem pretty similar to crackers, I will put them together in the same aisle.”Read More ›

Free for All: NYPL Enhances Public Domain Collections For Sharing and Reuse

We are proud to announce that out-of-copyright materials in NYPL Digital Collections are now available as high-resolution downloads. No permission required, no hoops to jump through: just go forth and reuse! Read More ›

Scribe: Toward a General Framework for Community Transcription

Emigrant City is a bit different from the other projects we’ve released in one very important way: this one is built on top of a totally new framework called Scribe.Read More ›

Emigrant City: An Introduction

NYPL Labs and the Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy are excited to announce the launch of Emigrant City, the Library's newest, online participatory project.Read More ›

NYPL Labs Residency with Triple Canopy

NYPL Labs is pleased to announce Anjuli Raza Kolb, Jaffer Kolb, and Kameelah Janan Rasheed as the recipients of first residency co-hosted Triple Canopy magazine. Engaging materials in The New York Public Library’s holdings both critically and imaginatively, as documents of past events and practices as well as bases for new creative work, these projects enact new modes of reading and writing history.

Over the next year, recipients will work closely with Triple Canopy editors toward the creative and technical realization of 

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The Internet Loves Digital Collections: April 2015

What was the most viewed image on NYPL's Digital Collections platform in April 2015?Read More ›

Du papier au Web : créez vos propres cartes interactives

Comment créer vos propres cartes géo-référencées à l’aide d’outils Web gratuits.Read More ›

The Internet Loves Digital Collections (March 2015)

What was the most viewed image on NYPL's Digital Collections platform in March 2015? It was a door.Read More ›

Del papel a la web: haz tus propios mapas interactivos.

Una guía para trabajar con varias herramientas web gratuitas para que puedas hacer tus propios mapas interactivos. Read More ›

NYPL Digital Collections Platform: An Introduction

Digital Collections contains more than 800,000 digitized items, and that number grows every day. While that’s a small fraction of the New York Public Library’s overall holdings, the aim of Digital Collections is to provide context for the materials we have digitized and to inspire people to use and reuse the media and data on offer there to advance knowledge and create new works. Read More ›

From Paper Maps to the Web: A DIY Digital Maps Primer

A primer on working with various free web mapping tools so you can make your own awesome maps.Read More ›

Generative eBook Covers

Here at NYPL Labs we’re working on an ebook-borrowing and reading app. This post explores automated ways for creating covers for public-domain ebooks.Read More ›

NYPL Labs and Map Division host first library Net Artist Residency

NYPL Labs is pleased to announce the Library's first-ever Net Artist Residency, in partnership with local hardware startup Electric Objects.Read More ›

The Networked Catalog

At NYPL Labs, we are fascinated with our catalog and the possibilities its data represents. Just as the catalog has changed in the past we wonder what other possible forms it could take today, and in the future. With this driving thought we conducted a preliminary experiment: what if the catalog had a "See All" button?Read More ›
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