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New York Public Library releases vast digital image collection

Tuesday 12 January 2016, by SIGNIS

NYC, Brussels, January 12th, 2016 (The Verge/SIGNIS). The New York Public Library has released thousands of digitised images in the public domain ranging from 11th century epic poetry to photographs from the 1930s.

Andrew J Hawkins, in The Verge reports that "Over 180,000 manuscripts, maps, photographs, sheet music, lithographs, postcards, and other images were released online in incredibly high resolution, and are available to download using the library’s user-friendly visualization tool. It’s a nostalgisc’s dream come true.

“No permission required, no hoops to jump through: just go forth and reuse!” writes Shana Kimball, manager of the library’s public programmes and outreach.

The images can be sorted by century, color, genre, or library collection. And to inspire further exploration and reuse, the library has also created a number of digital games and tools."

The New York Public Library says the release "represents both a simplification and an enhancement of digital access to a trove of unique and rare materials."

It’s interesting to know that thanks to the search tool, you can search for documents about religion, cinema, churches, television...

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