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  • 1. 5/23/20131The Digital Public Libraryof AmericaEmily GoreDirector for Contentemily@dp.laD PL AJoy, Utah. Great Basin Museum.Mountain West Digital Library
  • 2. 5/23/20132What is the DPLA?1880 US map, courtesy of David RumseyOUR national digitallibraryWhat is the DPLA?• Originally led by DPLA Secretariat at the Berkman Center atHarvard University, funded by The Sloan Foundation and TheArcadia Fund.• Director for Content hired in October 2012; Assistant Director,January 2013• Executive Director, Dan Cohen, announced in March, andbegan permanently on April 18• As of April 14, an independent 501c3 organization• A new board is in place, replacing former steering committee.• Many former steering committee members remain, serving inadvisory roles.
  • 3. 5/23/20133DPLA Board Members• Laura DeBonis, Consultant, Former Director for Library Partnerships forGoogle Book Search• Cathy Casserly, CEO of Creative Commons• Paul Courant, University Librarian, University of Michigan• Robert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professorand University Librarian at Harvard University• Luis Herrera, City Librarian of San Francisco• Jamie Hollier, President of Anneal, Inc.; Partner, Commerce Kitchen• John Palfrey, Head of School, Phillips Academy; Chair of DPLA Board• Amy Ryan, President of Boston Public Library• Siva Vaidhyanathan, Robertson Professor in Media Studies Chair,Department of Media Studies, University of VirginiaElements of the DPLA1. CodeKayPro IV Personal Computer, National Museum of American History
  • 4. 5/23/201341. Code• As part of the project, an Open API has been created and isavailable at: https://github.com/dpla/platform• At launch of initial DPLA portal, API will also be “launched” sothat users can create their own portal and/or tools to accesscontent on DPLA• Platform released under an AGPLv3 licenseElements of the DPLA2. MetadataNational Park Service sign, National Archives and Records Administration
  • 5. 5/23/201352. Metadata• CC0 = No rights reserved on the metadata• Allows for maximum use, reuse• Enables interoperability on a global scale• Open, raw data required to operate in a Linked Open Dataenvironmenthttp://creativecommons.org/about/cc0Two categories of rightsMetadata ContentCC Item-by-item rightsassignment
  • 6. 5/23/20136MetadataDPLA Board Statement:01. The vast majority of metadata is not subject to copyrightrestrictions.02. The DPLA’s partners share the DPLA’s commitment to open,shareable metadata. (expressed via CC0 license)03. The DPLA asserts no rights over its database of metadata andwaives all claims for infringement thereof.04. Free and unencumbered access to metadata.Elements of the DPLA3. ContentSweetgrass sewing basket with hinged lid. Lowcountry Digital Library, South Carolina Digital Library
  • 7. 5/23/201373. Content
  • 8. 5/23/20138~450 participating institutions……from ~15 statesCrowds of cotton pickers, 1940. National Archives and Records AdministrationData aggregation is hard• Data aggregation is hard• Not all data errors can be fixed• Things break…and we fix them• Good data in means good data out• We’re forging new groundForging, 1955. Utah Valley StateCollege. Mountain West Digital Library
  • 9. 5/23/20139Elements of the DPLA4. Tools & ServicesExample of Student-made tools, Utah State University, Mountain West Digital Library4. Tools & Services• Front end is built on API• Apps created atAppFests and Hackathonsin early 2013API(application program interface)o A set of routines, protocols,and tools for building softwareapplications.o A good API makes it easier todevelop a program by providingall the building blocks.o A programmer then puts theblocks together.
  • 10. 5/23/201310Elements of the DPLA5. CommunityBake sale on Montello, Nevada, main street to raise funds forrefurbishing of community church, 1985Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Mountain WestDigital Library5. CommunityForums: http://dp.la/info/forumsCommittees: http://dp.la/info/about/who/committees• Advisory• Content strategy• Legal• Marketing and Outreach• Technical AdvisoryPlenary sessions, workshops, DPLAfest!http://dp.la/info/get-involved
  • 11. 5/23/201311
  • 12. 5/23/201312Digital Hubs Pilot• Planning process in the workstreams, inparticular the Content and Scopeworkstream, led to formation• Managed by DPLA Content StaffBnai Brith Young Womens Organization planning theirHalloween fundraiser, 1948.Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest,Minnesota Digital LibraryThe Hubs Pilot• Launched in late September 2012• First effort to establish a national network out of the 40+ state orregional digital collaboratives, numerous large contentrepositories, and other promising initiatives currently in operationthroughout the US• Digitized content from across the country in a single accesspoint• Five states and one region (Service Hubs) and nine largecontent providers (Content Hubs) to aggregate and harvestmetadata• Funding provided by: NEH, IMLS, and Knight Foundation
  • 13. 5/23/201313PartnersService Hubs• Digital Commonwealth• Digital Library of Georgia• Kentucky Digital Library• Minnesota Digital Library• Mountain West Digital Library• South Carolina Digital LibraryContent Hubs• ArtStor• Biodiversity Heritage Library• David Rumsey Map Collection• Harvard University• NARA• New York Public Library• Smithsonian Institution• University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign• University of VirginiaState or othercollaborativeHow it works
  • 14. 5/23/201314The Service Hubs Advantage• Infrastructure already exists• Often with some federal grant support and/or LSTA funds• Aggregation and metadata services• Relationships• Diverse institutions represented via state/regional aggregations• Academic libraries, archives, museums, public libraries, historicalsocieties, and other cultural heritage organizations• Unique content• Photographs, Manuscripts, Books, Newspapers, Oral Histories andother audio files, Streaming Video and MORE• Limited one-to-one direct relationships with DPLA
  • 15. 5/23/201315Service Hub Offerings• Service Hubs offer a full menu of standardized digital services tolocal institutions, including:• digitization• metadata consultation• data aggregation• storage services• locally hosted community outreach programs bringing users incontact with digital content of local relevance.• exhibition building
  • 16. 5/23/201316Content Hubs• Partner institutions who will be providing 250,000 or morerecords• …or particularly unique content (David Rumsey Map Collection)• Currently 9 Content Hubs with others coming on board soon• Roles:• Provide metadata and previews for harvest by DPLA• Edit metadata as needed• Sign data provider agreement as trusted partner• Agree to share metadata under CC0 licenseHigh Level Timeline• Project has 2 year timetable starting Oct. 2012• Pre-launch• Prepare metadata and content previews for harvest• Develop metadata application profile• Harvest existing metadata from Content & Service Hubs• Develop exhibitions• Post launch• New digitization and metadata• Evolving front-end and data services, including for many ServiceHubs the addition of new partners, and targeted communityengagement programming• Community engagement about open, linked data
  • 17. 5/23/201317Not just a pretty face…A portal
  • 18. 5/23/201318A platform & APIhttp://dp.la/appsJSON-LDQualityreviewDATA PROVIDERSTHE DATA STORETHE DATA UNIVERSEDPLA DATALIFECYCLEDPLA portal✔✔✔?APPS &SERVICESAPI
  • 19. 5/23/201319Join us in the building the DPLA!Get Involved• Are you in a state that has a Service Hub already? If so, contact thatHub to add your content to DPLA.• Do you meet the qualifications of being a Content Hub and want toshare your content directly with DPLA? Contact the Content Staff –content@dp.la• Want to share your content and you aren’t in a Service Hub state? Isthere a Digital Collaborative that already exists in your state that youcan partner with? If not, talk to others about forming a hub anddecide who is the logic home based on infrastructure, commitment,staffing, etc. DPLA Content Staff are happy to help out!• Not sure if there is an existing collaborative in your state? You maywant to start here: Collaborative Digitization Programs in the US
  • 20. 5/23/201320Questions?• Contact info:• Emily Gore• DPLA Director for Content• emily@dp.la / @ncschistory• Follow us:• Twitter: @dpla• https://www.facebook.com/theDPLA• http://dp.la
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