Public Release of 3D Model of the Hunt-Lenox Globe

Mon. Dec 9, 2019 12:00pm - 3:00pm EST
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Celebrate the public release of a 3D digital model of The New York Public Library's famous Hunt-Lenox Globe—one of the first to depict the New World.

Gregory Heyworth, director, the Lazarus Project
Josh Romphf, software developer, University of Rochester's Digital Scholarship Lab
Chet Van Duzer, researcher in residence, John Carter Brown Library 

The release of this new digital model makes the Hunt-Lenox Globe accessible as it never has been before—rotatable and zoomable in digital space—to users around the world. The model is the result of a collaboration between The New York Public Library, the Lazarus Project, and the University of Rochester, with financial support from the Kress Foundation. Members of the team responsible for creating the digital model will deliver talks and demonstrate the its capability, placing the globe within a historical and technological context.

Gregory Heyworth is a medievalist and founder of the discipline of textual science, a combination of the traditional scholarly skills of paleography, codicology and bibliography, with material-, imaging-, and data-science. With secondary appointments in History and Computer Science, Heyworth's research lies primarily in the recovery of damaged manuscripts and cultural heritage objects using spectral imaging and machine learning, as well as in the editing of texts, the history of the book and of cartography, and classical influence upon insular and continental romance and satire of the Middle Ages. More colloquially, he is interested in finding ways to read books no one has read before, and in teaching others to do the same.

As director of the Lazarus Project, he and his students have worked to recover manuscripts, maps, and paintings in collections around the world and to make them available to scholars and the public. Current initiatives include the Vercelli Schoolroom Project, the Dresden Baroque Music Project, the 1492 Martin Behaim Globe in Nuremberg, the Laja Alta Bronze Age Cave Paintings in Jimena de la Frontera, Spain, and the Icons of Svanetia in Mestia, Georgia.

Josh Romphf currently works as a Software Developer at the University of Rochester's Digital Scholarship Lab, where he specializes in the development of tools and applications to support faculty research. In addition to his work at the DSL, he teaches at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute and the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation, and has written books on programming and game development.

Chet Van Duzer is a Researcher in Residence at the John Carter Brown Library and a board member of the Lazarus Project at the University of Rochester, which brings multispectral imaging to cultural institutions around the world. He has published extensively on medieval and Renaissance maps. His book The World for a King: Pierre Desceliers’ Map of 1550 was published at the end of 2015 by the British Library, and in 2018 Springer published his book Henricus Martellus’s World Map at Yale (c. 1491): Multispectral Imaging, Sources, and Influence. His current project is a book about cartographic cartouches.

Fully accessible to wheelchairs. ASL interpretation and real-time (CART) captioning available upon request. Please submit your request at least two weeks in advance by emailing

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Room 216 (2nd Floor) The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 42nd Street & 5th Avenue
New York, New York 10018