The Library of Congress has recently launched Library of Congress Labs, which is "a place to encourage innovation with Library of Congress digital collections." The LOC lab is intended as a space to collaborate on online projects, share digital tools and visualizations, and stay abreast of digital initiatives that utilize the LOC's collections. As of this write-up, the lab features Beyond Words, a crowdsourced transcription project centering on World War I-era newspapers. This project invites participants to select images (such as illustrations and photographs) from newspapers published across the country and transcribe these images, providing additional insight into the role and nature of national and local newspapers during this time. Meanwhile, the LC for Robots section offers a collection of downloads, software, application programming interfaces (APIs), and tutorials to facilitate visitor engagement in the LOC's digitized collection. Finally, visitors can learn about new digital projects (including projects at the LOC as well as projects headed by other institutions) on The Signal Blog. Fans of this blog can also sign up to receive an email when a new blog post is added.
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