NYPL public domain data

Jan 13, 2016

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.

Favorites

Best Data Visualization Projects of 2016

Here are my favorites for the year.

Unemployment in America, Mapped Over Time

Watch the regional changes across the country from 1990 to 2016.

Where Bars Outnumber Grocery Stores

A closer look at the age old question of where there are more bars than grocery stores, and vice versa.

Think Like a Statistician – Without the Math

I call myself a statistician, because, well, I’m a statistics graduate student. However, the most important things I’ve learned are less formal, but have proven extremely useful when working/playing with data.