Let's build the future of New York City's past
The NYC Space/Time Directory will make urban history accessible through the kinds of interactive, location-aware tools used to navigate modern cityscapes. It will provide a way for scholars, students, and enthusiasts to explore New York City across time periods, and to add their own knowledge and expertise.
More specifically, the Directory will be:
- A searchable atlas of New York City's past stitched together from the pages of old maps. (Think Google Maps, with a time slider).
- A historical location directory and geocoder that helps you find your place in time. (Think historical FourSquare or Yelp!).
- A discovery tool linking cultural heritage material (photographs, newspapers, business directories, literary references, census data, and much more) in historical and geographic context. (City as catalog).
- A set of APIs and data sets that digital humanists, journalists, and developers can use to create new views of the past. (Vintage big data).
- A model and code base for other cities and libraries to map their histories. (Time machine in a box).
That sounds ambitious...
Yup. ;-) That's why we can't do it alone. The NYC Space/Time Directory will be built in collaboration with the communities it serves.
We'll tap the knowledge and passion of local museums, historical societies, government, scholars, teachers, genealogists, librarians, citizen mappers, civic technologists, and others to help build this citywide resource.
So how do I get involved?
The project will be ramping up later in 2015, but we're starting to build a community now.
We're also looking for:
Are you an institution or individual with historical data that helps tell New York City's story?
Developers and data wranglers
Hey New York tech community, we've got an amazing side project for ya! If you've got geospatial chops, or are good at wrestling data out of legacy formats (like, old paper),
We need your help
Wanna help frame the big picture strategy? The history, the tech, the data, the community;
Help us get this right
Got a few minutes to spare? Sick of Candy Crush? We need help turning old insurance maps into data. Join our corps of Building Inspectors