NYPL public domain data

Posted to Data Sources  |  Tags: ,  |  Nathan Yau

The New York Public Library just made over 180,000 digital items in the public domain available for high resolution download, and the data for those items is free to download too.

Did you know that nearly one-third of the items in our Digital Collections are in the public domain — that is, they have been designated as having no known U.S. copyright restrictions? This means that everyone has the freedom to enjoy and reuse these materials in almost limitless ways. To help you explore, visualize, and repurpose these items, we’ve gathered all of their metadata into a single data release.

You can also browse the items by century of creation, genre, and color with this explorer by Brian Foo of NYPL Labs.

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Causes of Death

There are many ways to die. Cancer. Infection. Mental. External. This is how different groups of people died over the past 10 years, visualized by age.

Years You Have Left to Live, Probably

The individual data points of life are much less predictable than the average. Here’s a simulation that shows you how much time is left on the clock.

How You Will Die

So far we’ve seen when you will die and how other people tend to die. Now let’s put the two together to see how and when you will die, given your sex, race, and age.

Jobs Charted by State and Salary

Jobs and pay can vary a lot depending on where you live, based on 2013 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Here’s an interactive to look.