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01.11.2023 | Member News & Releases

Data Conversion Laboratory and The New York Public Library to Speak at Digital Book World 2023 in New York City

Unlocking the Record of American Creativity with Data Extraction and Content Structure

Fresh Meadows, NY, January 5, 2023Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL), an industry leader in structured data and content transformations, and The New York Public Library (NYPL), the second largest library in the US—second only to the Library of Congress­—will speak at Digital Book World in New York City on January 17. Greg Cram, Associate General Counsel and Director, Information Policy at NYPL and Mark Gross, President at DCL, will present a case study that details how NYPL with the support of DCL has digitized historical records of the US Copyright Office, making those records searchable, accessible, and useful for new product development and more.

Data extraction combined with well-structured content is being used to enrich the Catalog of Copyright Entries to create an important resource for the world. Each year, millions of people interact with the NYPL’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.

“More than a hundred years of unstructured copyright records have been structured into a unified database, which were previously static and buried in image-based PDFs,” states Mark Gross, President at DCL. “This project unlocks information to create an important resource that is accessible for the public and we are thrilled to share this story at Digital Book World in New York City.”

“This data is owned by the citizens of the United States, but it is not yet accessible to search and discover in a modern platform environment that users expect,” explains Greg Cram, Associate General Counsel and Director, Information Policy at NYPL. “In the future a user can retrieve all the records related to a copyrighted work as well as search specific fields to help narrow results and make it easier to discover relevant records. The data will also be programmatically accessible through APIs so it can be integrated into other tools, which allows for innovation from anyone.”

DCL is an active member of industry organizations that support the management and effective interchange of data and content. Click here to learn more about content solutions that serve libraries, museums, and universities.


About Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL) Data Conversion Laboratory (www.dataconversionlaboratory.com) provides data and content transformation services and solutions. Using the latest innovations in artificial intelligence, including machine learning and natural language processing, DCL helps businesses organize and structure data and content for modern technologies and platforms. With expertise across many industries, including publishing, life sciences, government, manufacturing, technology, and professional organizations, DCL uses its advanced technology and U.S.-based project management teams to solve the most complex conversion challenges securely, accurately, and on time. DCL is the industry leader in content structuring, XML content conversion, DITA conversion, S1000D conversion, SPL conversion services, and much more. Founded in 1981, DCL was named one of EContent‘s Top 100 Companies in the Digital Content Industry.

About The New York Public Library The New York Public Library (www.nypl.org) is a free provider of education and information for the people of New York and beyond. With 92 locations—including research and branch libraries—throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island, the Library offers free materials, computer access, classes, exhibitions, programming, and more to everyone from toddlers to scholars, and has seen record numbers of attendance and circulation in recent years. The New York Public Library serves nearly 17 million patrons who come through its doors annually and millions more around the globe who use its resources at nypl.org.To offer this wide array of free programming, The New York Public Library relies on both public and private funding. Learn more about how to support the Library at nypl.org/support.

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