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Inspired by a library patron's art project, the Stereogranimator is Labs' latest user collaboration app, inviting the public to transform over 40, 000 historical stereographs into web-friendly 3D formats shareable to all. For the better part of a century, stereoscopic views were the cutting edge of immersive 3D entertainment, and for over a decade the Library has been sharing its vast collection on the web as flat, two-dimensional artifacts. Now, 19th century photography collides with early internet folk art as users remix vintage stereos into animated GIFs, bringing the past tantalizingly in reach with an eerie wiggle effect. 3D afficionados can also create red-blue anaglyphs, which, with the right glasses, recreate the incredible depth effect of these images. After an overwhelming response to the initial launch, the Labs team is already hard at work on improving the site.

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  • The New York Public Library (NYPL) is a public library system in New York City. With nearly 53 million items, the New York Public Library is the second largest public library in the United States, behind only the Library of Congress. It is an independently managed, nonprofit corporation operating with both private and public financing. The...
  • The Digital Library Federation (DLF) is a program of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) that brings together a consortium of libraries and related agencies that develop and use electronic-information technologies to extend collections and services. It was formed in 1995.
    DLF's mission is to enable new research and...
  • David Rumsey is a map collector and the founder of the David Rumsey Map Collection. He is also the president of Cartography Associates.
    Rumsey has a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University and was a founding member of Yale Research Associates in the Arts. He was also a 1966 initiate into the Skull and Bones Society...

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