In today's Chronicle of Higher Education, there is a terrific profile of NYPL Labs -- the digital innovation arm of the New York Public Library. The article by Jennifer Howard is called "Breaking Down Menus Digitally, Dish by Dish" and discusses some of the innovative and engaging ways that NYPL Labs is helping to develop the library of the future.Several of the key projects highlighted in the article were funded by the NEH, including
- "What's on the Menu" (HD-51301-11) -- an ODH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant to support the development of a prototype interface for a tool that would allow scholars and interested members of the general public to contribute to transcription materials related to culinary history, using the menu collection of the New York Public Library as a testbed.
- "NYC Chronology of Place, a Linked Open Data Gazetteer" (HD-51618-12) -- an ODH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant to develop a digital dictionary of place names which will allow scholars, students, teachers, and the public to find and connect historic information about the city from the NYPL collection.
- "New York City Historical Geographic Information Systems" (PW-50717-10) -- a NEH Division of Preservation & Access Humanities Collections and Reference Resources grant to support the digitization of a collection of 9,500 historical maps of New York City, dating from 1851 to 1922, and creation of related geographical information to be used with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tools.