One of the things I’m really interested in is the idea of innovation and R&D labs within cultural institutions. Are they a good idea? Do they ring fence creativity? Are they good test beds? Can they influence wider institutional culture?
(...) Engaging in contemporary trends and thinking ok so what’s ‘cool’ now and how can we utilise this to add long term value to our collection?
(...) it allowed curators to experiment with linked data using a language that they understood (genealogy). The hands on nature of the project facilitated an entry point into evolving curatorial practice, and changed curatorial thinking.
This project laid the foundation for developing new projects with new curators. A valuable legacy that will really shape how NYPL and NYPL Lab continues to develop its online offering and digital engagement opportunities for the public.