Press Release: DCL and The New York Public Library Partner to Expand Access to Copyright Records
Fresh Meadows, NY, January 29, 2019 – DCL, an industry leader in structured data and content transformations, and The New York Public Library (NYPL) have completed the initial phase of a project to digitize and organize historical records of the United States Copyright Office, making those records searchable and increasingly accessible.
The first phase of the project—which supports the Library’s mission to make information accessible to all—calls for the digitization and structure of hundreds of thousands of pages of mid-20th Century Federal copyright records spanning the time period between 1923 to 1964. Later phases will make this data accessible to all members of the public via a web-based platform, transforming the laborious, manual process of searching copyright records into a much simpler task.
Each year, millions of people interact with the Library’s digital content, including databases, online classes and programs, digitized collections items (including manuscripts and photographs), and more. The new addition of digitized records from the US Copyright office will add another element, giving the public the ability to discover content, narrow search results, identify relevant records, and view both machine-readable text and an image of the printed record.
From the Library’s perspective, the digitization of this data also specifically helps the organization track and find copyright data on printed works, giving it the tools to quickly determine how to digitize and make widely accessible an increased number of books and other creative pieces.
“Extracting data from the copyright records is of vital importance to the public and to the copyright industries that make up a significant part of the U.S. economy,” explains Sean Redmond, Senior Product Manager at NYPL. “Creating a searchable and accessible database also benefits the scholarly community interested in various aspects of the creation, production, and ownership of creative works.”
“We’re proud of DCL’s ability to harness leading-edge technology to meet challenging information projects like these,” adds Mark Gross, President at DCL. “By extracting and structuring over a hundred years of unstructured copyright records into an accurate unified database, NYPL will unlock previously buried information to create an important resource for researchers and the public, world-wide, to further facilitate NYPL’s mission.”
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