A New Interface for METRO's Digital Collections

by Davis Erin Anderson, Community Engagement Manager, METRO

We’re excited to unveil the new online home for METRO-hosted digital collections! Digital Culture of Metropolitan New York (DCMNY), our new infrastructure for digital content, features nearly 25,000 digitized photographs, postcards, letters, maps, art catalogs, and more from seventeen participating institutions.

ManhattanToweaBrooklyn_Bridge.jpg“We’re thrilled to be able to showcase these incredibly rich cultural artifacts from institutions in the metropolitan New York area,” says Anne Karle-Zenith, METRO’s Digital Services Manager. “These collections feature fascinating aspects of life in New York in years past. We can’t wait to see how the new site will help facilitate discovery and new uses of these materials.”

DCMNY plays a crucial role in METRO’s newest digital initiatives. Items digitized by METRO’s mobile unit as part of Culture in Transit, our Knight News Challenge winning project, will be hosted at dcmny.org. Additionally, Empire State Digital Network will be able to easily share records from DCMNY with the Digital Public Library of America. This will provide an opportunity for increased visibility and re-usability of these rich collections on a national scale.

Many of the collections in DCMNY were originally digitized with funding from a METRO Digitization Grant. Dispersed every year, funds from this grant program assist METRO members in sharing their treasures with the world online through partnerships with Internet Archive or via their own websites. Applications for the 2015/16 round of METRO Digitization Grants are being accepted through Thursday, July 30, 2015.


Photo above: The Manhattan Tower of the Brooklyn Bridge, New-York Historical Society: Photographs of New York City and Beyond.