by Caroline Catchpole, Culture in Transit Digitization Specialist, and Chris Stanton, Empire State Digital Network Metadata Specialist
The Empire State Digital Network (ESDN) started 2016 off with a bang by completing a new ingest of content from New York State to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). This brings the total number of contributed records from ESDN to DPLA up to nearly 200,000 (197,398 to be precise).
We’ve added additional collections from our partners at New York Heritage, Hudson River Valley Heritage, and Digital Culture of Metropolitan New York and also from institutions such as the New York State Archives, New York Philharmonic, Culinary Institute of America, Queens Borough Public Library, Fordham University, and Harrison Public Library.
This marks a huge milestone for Culture in Transit and realizes one of the ultimate aims of the project - providing worldwide access to local treasures. The Culture in Transit team is extremely grateful to ESDN for their hard work in assisting with the collections’ harvest to DPLA and to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for providing the funding to enable us to ultimately add these important collections to DPLA.
This is only the beginning for Culture in Transit collections in DPLA; we will eventually be adding six more METRO CIT collections, and our project partners, Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Library are prepping their CIT collections for DPLA harvest. We’re excited to be boosting the number of NYC collections in DPLA and are proud to be sharing these previously hidden collections on an international platform.
The image above comes from the White Plains Collection of White Plains Public Library. The collection was digitized by CIT back in September 2015.