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NCompass Live: The Digital Public Library of America: a New Resource for Our Communities

NCompass Live: The Digital Public Library of America: a New Resource for Our Communities



NCompass Live - July 24, 2013 - http://nlc.nebraska.gov/ncompasslive/ ...

NCompass Live - July 24, 2013 - http://nlc.nebraska.gov/ncompasslive/

The Digital Public Library of America is a newly launched resource that is a portal, a platform, and an advocate for the free and open access to the cultural heritage of America. The site brings together a diversity of resources, including images, words, sounds, and more from libraries, archives, and museums across the nation. Learn about what the DPLA offers for libraries and their communities from Jamie Hollier, DPLA board member.



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  • Intro: Board member Consultant Commerce Kitchen
  • Who knows about the DPLA already? The mission of the DPLA is to bring together the riches of America ’s libraries, archives, and museums, and to make them freely available to the world. The DPLA achieves this mission through its three main elements: A portal for discovery that delivers students, teachers, scholars, and the public to incredible resources from across the nation. A platform that enables new and transformative uses of our digitized cultural heritage An advocate for a strong public option in the 21 st century.
  • The DPLA portal (http://dp.la/) serves as the point of access to over 2.5 million items—photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more—from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States. Users can browse and search the DPLA ’s collections by timeline, map, format, and topic; save items to customized lists; and share their lists with others. Users can also explore digital exhibitions curated by the DPLA’s content partners and staff.
  • The objects in the DPLA cover hundreds of years of our cultural heritage. You can browse by century, decade, and year using the DPLA ’s innovative timeline.
  • Curious to see what resources the DPLA has from your home state? From your college town? From the city where your parents were born? Hundreds of thousands of the objects in our database can be viewed on our map interface.
  • The DPLA and its partners have curated a series of virtual exhibitions highlighting specific themes, such as activism in the United States, Prohibition, and a joint exhibition with Europeana, the pan-Europeana digital library, that tells the story of European emigration to the United States during the 19th and 20th centuries. These exhibitions include full photographs and detailed information about special topics.
  • You can Sign up with the site as well. Registering for a DPLA account will allow you to create lists and save items and searches for your reference. At the end of the slides, we will actually get on the site and take a look around.
  • The DPLA Digital Hubs Pilot Program is a program to design a national network out of the over 40state/regional digital libraries and myriad large digital libraries in the US. The DPLA partners with these state/regional aggregators and large digital libraries to bring together content from across the US. Note that the DPLA aggregates metadata records—the information that describes an item, such as its creator, date, place, and so forth—not the content itself. Each record in the DPLA links to the original object on the content provider ’s website. What ’s the difference between service and content hubs? (Next slide…)
  • The Content hubs are large digital libraries, museums, archives, or repositories that maintain a one-to-one relationship with the DPLA.  Content hubs, as a general rule, provide more than 250,000 unique metadata records that resolve to digital objects (online texts, photographs, manuscript material, art work, etc.) to the DPLA, and commit to maintaining and editing those records as needed. As of July 2013, the Content hubs include the following institutions: ARTstor Biodiversity Heritage Library David Rumsey Map Collection Harvard Library HathiTrust Digital Library National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) New York Public Library Smithsonian Institution University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University of Virginia
  • The DPLA Service hubs are state or regional digital libraries that aggregate information about digital objects from libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions within its given state or region. Each Service hub offers its state or regional partners a full menu of standardized digital services, including digitization, metadata assistance and training, data aggregation and storage services, as well as locally hosted community outreach programs, bringing users in contact with digital content of local relevance. As of July 2013, the Service hubs include the following institutions: Digital Commonwealth (Massachusetts) Digital Library of Georgia Kentucky Digital Library Minnesota Digital Library Mountain West Digital Library (Utah, Nevada, Southern Idaho, Arizona) South Carolina Digital Library
  • To help visualize the relationship between the different pieces of the Service hub relationship , one can imagine your local historical society or public library as a pond, containing in it unique, valuable cultural content. These ponds send their content through tributaries to the lakes, the DPLA Service hubs, which aggregate data from the various cultural heritage institutions across their state or region, the ponds. The Service hubs then feed this content through rivers to the ocean, the DPLA.
  • In addition to serving as a content portal for students, teachers, scholars, and the public, the DPLA is also a powerful platform that enables new and transformative uses of our digitized cultural heritage. With an application programming interface (API) and maximally open data, the DPLA can be used by software developers, researchers, and others to create novel environments for learning, tools for discovery, and engaging apps.
  • Through the DPLA ’s powerful, open API , developers from all walks of life can build tools, programs, widgets, plug-ins, and all kinds of interesting things. (An API can be described as a set of routines, protocols, and digital tools for building software applications. An API is a software-to-software interface, not a user interface. With APIs, applications talk to each other without any user knowledge or intervention. A good API makes it easier for a developer to create an application that makes use of a particular set or sets of data by providing all the building blocks needed to integrate into his or her design. A software company, for instance, releases its API to the public so that other software developers can design products that are powered by its service.) The DPLA App Library contains a handful of applications built by independent developers interested in seeing what open cultural heritage data can look in new and interesting contexts. (Examples included over next two slides…)
  • OpenPics, for instance, is an open source iOS application for viewing images from multiple remote sources, including the DPLA API. Download it now for free from the Apple store!
  • Culture Collage is a simple tool that lets you search the DPLA ’s image archives and view the results in a stream of images. Just keep scrolling to fetch more. Clicking on an image saves it to a scrapbook without losing your position in the stream.
  • Want a local copy of the DPLA ’s data? All data in the DPLA repository (and provided through the API) is available for download. These include the standard DPLA fields, as well as the complete record received from the partner.
  • All data brought into the DPLA from its partners is normalized to the DPLA Metadata Application Profile (MAP) and enriched with useful information, such as geospatial data. GeoNames, for instance, is a geographical database containing millions of unique geographical names corresponding to discrete places on the globe. Through enrichments like this the DPLA is making cultural heritage data more useful and relevant to its users.
  • For most of American history, the ability to access materials for free through public libraries has been a central part of our culture, producing generations of avid readers and a knowledgeable, engaged citizenry. The DPLA works, along with like-minded organizations and individuals, to ensure that this critical, open intellectual landscape remains vibrant and broad in the face of increasingly restrictive digital options . The DPLA seeks to multiply openly accessible materials to strengthen the public option that libraries represent in their communities. The DPLA wants to operate fully within copyright law. Still, the DPLA thinks there are alternate models out there that can creatively expand our access to important cultural materials.
  • With institutions like Creative Commons, Unglue.it, History Harvest, and others, the DPLA advocates for broad and deep open access ecology. (Transition to next slide, which provides information on the aforementioned institutions...) Creative Commons – Non-profit that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. Their free, easy-to-use copyright licenses provide a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work — on conditions of your choice. Unglue.it – Can be thought of as a Kickstarter for books. Through this model, publishers or authors post their books and provide a dollar figure at which they ’ll release an open access e-book copy. People contribute money a la Kickstarter to get a book “unglued.” History Harvest: From the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. At each “harvest,” community-members are invited to bring and share their letters, photographs, objects and stories, and participate in a conversation about the significance and meaning of their materials. Each artifact is digitally captured by college students and then shared in this free web-based archive for general educational use and study.
  • The DPLA is also a deep supporter of the open culture community, including the OpenGLAM and GLAM Wiki initiatives ( G alleries, L ibraries, A rchives, M useums).
  • All things considered, the DPLA is an ever-growing national network of libraries, archives, museums, cultural heritage institutions, and volunteers, with a local impact in our communities, strengthened by a global reach.
  • Like what you hear and want to get involved in the DPLA ’s work? There are a number of ways to get involved. Here are just a few: Make and share a playlist of your favorite items in the DPLA ’s collections; Hop on the DPLA forums and connect with other folks interested in the DPLA; Attend a DPLA event (check out the “Events” tab), or sit in on a DPLA Board Board of Directors call, which are open to the public; Like to code? Check out the API, a powerful, open tool offering complete access to metadata records for over 2.5 million cultural heritage items in libraries, archives, and museums across the US; Support us! The DPLA is always looking for people to spread the word about the portal, platform, and its mission to expand the realm of open access materials. If you want to get involved more deeply, shoot an email to the DPLA team over at info@dp.la. Lastly, if you ’re interested in contributing content to the DPLA, please head to the “Become a Partner” section on the DPLA website. There you can find information on how to determine whether your institution might be a potential Service or Content Hub, as well as contact information for DPLA staff who can help answer questions and provide guidance.
  • Like what you hear and want to get involved in the DPLA ’s work? There are a number of ways to get involved. Here are just a few: Search: map, timeline Exhibits Apps Signup/Login to create a list of your favorite items in the DPLA ’s collections; About: Who we are, how we got here, etc. Get Involved: Hop on the DPLA forums and connect with other folks interested in the DPLA or give feedback on the site; check out events or sit in on a board call For Devs: Like to code? Check out the API, a powerful, open tool offering complete access to metadata records for over 2.5 million cultural heritage items in libraries, archives, and museums across the US; Follow: Keep abrest of what is happening with DPLA Lastly, Contact Us!
  • Parting words to remember: the DPLA can be understood by the three primary components that help it achieve its mission to make the riches of our shared cultural heritage institutions more broadly accessible to the world: A portal for discovery and understanding A platform for creative technical development A strong public option for the 21 st century

NCompass Live: The Digital Public Library of America: a New Resource for Our Communities NCompass Live: The Digital Public Library of America: a New Resource for Our Communities Presentation Transcript

  • A New Resource for Our Communities NCompass Live July 24th , 2013 10 – 11am Central
  • Jamie Hollier Member of the Board of Directors
  • Explore through Time
  • Browse by Place
  • Wander Curated Exhibits
  • Save Searches, Create Lists
  • geonames.org/4901594 ENHANCED DATA
  • • Creating and Sharing Lists on DPLA Portal • Discussion Forums • Events • API • Community of Developers • Be a supporter • Be a partner GET INVOLVED
  • DPLA INFO Dp.la info@dp.la @dpla JAMIE INFO AnnealInc.com Commercekitchen.com jamie@annealinc.com @valentinelulu