Earlier this week, the Library of Congress announced the launch of Labs (labs.loc.gov), a new online space “designed to empower exploration and discovery of digital collections.”
As Meghan Ferriter writes in a post describing the initiative:
Visitors will have the opportunity to try experimental applications; crowdsourcing programs will allow the public to add their knowledge to the Library’s collections; and tutorials will provide a stepping stone for new computational discovery.
The site also features a section called “LC for Robots,” a collection of APIs and bulk downloads that provide machine-readable access to the Library of Congress collections.
This post was produced through a cooperation between Jolanda-Pieta van Arnhem, Sarah Ames, Charlie Harper, Mies Martin, Liz Rodrigues, Argula Rublack (Editors-at-large for the week), Roxanne Shirazi (Editor for the week), and Caitlin Christian-Lamb, Nickoal Eichmann-Kalwara, Sarah Melton, and Patrick Williams (dh+lib Review Editors).