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Clemson contributes to Digital Public Library - Clemson University

Clemson contributes to Digital Public Library Clemson University CLEMSON — Clemson University Libraries has been recognized as a contributor to the creation of The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), a portal that delivers millions of...
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HathiTrust Doubles DPLA Collection with More Than Three Million Books - Library Journal

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HathiTrust Doubles DPLA Collection with More Than Three Million Books Library Journal The metadata records associated with some 3,384,638 volumes (and growing daily) held by the HathiTrust will be accessible on the web at dp.la, and through the...
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USC Contributes Content to Digital Public Library -- Campus Technology

USC Contributes Content to Digital Public Library -- Campus Technology | Digital Public Library of America | Scoop.it
The University of Southern California (USC) Libraries has partnered with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) as a content hub and has contributed more than 250,000 items from its own digital library to the DPLA.
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The Massive Digital Library of the Future Just Opened Its 'Doors'

The Massive Digital Library of the Future Just Opened Its 'Doors' | Digital Public Library of America | Scoop.it
After two and a half years of development, the Digital Public Library of America finally flipped the switch on and opened its website at DP.LA.

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NCSU Shares Open-Source Solution for Crowdsourcing Photos

NCSU Shares Open-Source Solution for Crowdsourcing Photos | Digital Public Library of America | Scoop.it
On August 15, North Carolina State University Libraries (NCSU Libraries) in Raleigh released lentil, open-source software that supports the harvesting of images and image metadata from Instagram.
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Open Access and the looming crisis in science - The Conversation

Open Access and the looming crisis in science
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Recent initiatives like SHARE or the DPLA could serve as starting points for such developments in the rich countries.
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Clemson contributes to Digital Public Library - Clemson University

Clemson contributes to Digital Public Library Clemson University CLEMSON — Clemson University Libraries has been recognized as a contributor to the creation of The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), a portal that delivers millions of...
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How the Digital Public Library of America hopes to build a real public commons | The Verge

How the Digital Public Library of America hopes to build a real public commons | The Verge | Digital Public Library of America | Scoop.it

The Digital Public Library of America is a beautiful idea. Take the physical-to-digital ambition of Google Books and wed it to the civic spirit of the US public library system, providing a centralized portal to a decentralized network of digital media from libraries, museums, universities, archives, and other local, regional, and national collections. Framed in this way, it all seems so logical, so proper, so clear — everything the internet as a public commons promised to be. Surely the messy reality of copyright law, limited local budgets, or the cat-herding that goes into any grand alliance of independent institutions was bound to foul it up somewhere.

 

The DPLA is in fact real, and will hold a launch event on April 18 at the Boston Public Library. In an essay in The New York Review of Books, Harvard University Librarian Robert Darnton describes how the DPLA's organizers overcame some of that messy reality to get the new nonprofit off the ground, and some of the obstacles (read: copyright) with which it's still grappling. (As a historian of the 18th century, Darnton also unsurprisingly places the DPLA within the overlapping traditions of the Enlightenment and the American Revolution.)

 

Unlike Google Books, the DPLA doesn't hoover up institutions' documents to be stored on its own servers. Its primary goal is to support coordinate scanning efforts by each of its partner institutions, and to act as a central search engine and metadata repository. Most of these libraries and museums have been slowly scanning and cataloguing their collections for years; the DPLA helps make those materials aggregatable and interoperable. At least initially, it's not nearly as focused on printed books as Google has been, but rather gathers an eclectic mix of texts, photos, data, and art, especially rare documents. It also provides a sophisticated frontend portal for discovery and research.

 

Darnton describes the DPLA's goal well:

 

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Dan Cohen Named Founding Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of America | DPLA

Dan Cohen Named Founding Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of America | DPLA | Digital Public Library of America | Scoop.it

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) announced today the appointment of Dan Cohen as the DPLA’s founding Executive Director.  Cohen, currently a tenured professor in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University and the Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, brings to the DPLA more than a decade of experience in digital humanities and a deep commitment to the future of libraries, archives, and museums.  Cohen will begin his tenure on April 18, 2013.

 

“Dan Cohen’s appointment is exceptionally good news for the future of the DPLA,” said John Palfrey, President of the DPLA Board of Directors. “Dan’s contributions to the field of digital humanities and to libraries are already extraordinary.  He has led major open source development projects, helped to digitize important works of culture, supported teachers and students in accessing fantastic digital materials, and written about the importance of libraries, archives, and museums in a digital age.  We are very fortunate that he has agreed to lead the DPLA as the founding executive director.”

 

As the Executive Director, Cohen will work to further the DPLA’s mission to make the cultural and scientific heritage of humanity available, free of charge, to all.  He will manage the day-to-day operations of the new organization, will serve as the DPLA’s spokesperson, and will advocate for partners within and outside the larger DPLA community, among a range of other critical duties.

 

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Building the Digital Public Library of America

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The Digital Public Library of America will launch on April 18 after two and a half years of careful planning and preparation. The project known as DPLA is the first national effort that seeks to aggregate existing records in state and regional digital libraries so that they are searchable from a single portal. Up until now, the documents that tell the story of our nation’s history and cultural heritage have largely been siloed in state and local libraries, museums, and archives. Some institutions have the ability to digitize those valuable materials and put them online, but strained budgets mean that most do not.

 

The project’s funding will also allow it to work with local communities to digitize their cultural-heritage—preserving them for the future and bringing them online as part of our first national digital library.

 

DPLA will bring together access to a diverse host of materials that were once stored on a patchwork of different websites, or not online at all, including newspapers, photographs, letters, newsreels, oral histories, manuscripts, books and public records. This could be a game changer for academic researchers and historians, who will be able to see more apparent connections between various local histories, perhaps for the first time. Students, teachers and amateur historians will be able to peruse DPLA’s rich exhibits and learn about their own history and genealogy. And local communities will see their history preserved rather than lost to the deterioration of time.

 

The first step toward what will become the Digital Public Library of America emerged from an October 2010 meeting at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The project has been able to develop quickly in part it will provide linkages to existing content, not build a new collection. Emily Gore, DPLA’s director of content, explains that it is "really building off of existing infrastructure to get this thing going."

 

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