DPLA Collection Achievements and Profiles System (DPLA Plenary Meeting)


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Our DPLA Beta Sprint contribution describes a model for how cultural heritage organizations with an existing online presence can maximize the discovery and use of their digital library collections through a minimal amount of centralized coordination facilitated by the DPLA. We believe that a significant amount of cultural heritage content is already published in digital form on the Web, but is largely hidden and poorly discoverable by the general public. In this context, we think that the DPLA initiative is well positioned to act as a catalyst to virtually move large amounts of this content from the invisible Web, to the visible and interoperable Web.

The proposed system consists of two basic components:

DPLA Collection Profiles provide a mechanism for the DPLA to host an centralized web-based, editable directory of collections on the Internet. The collection profiles would be both human readable, and machine actionable. The profiles would consist of an extensible set of descriptive and technical attributes about the collection. In our model, the general public can participate in the creation and promotion of these profiles.

DPLA Collection Achievements provide a mechanism for progressively expanding Collection Profile descriptions. Collection Achievements are named entities that represent specialized collection enhancements that can be attached to DPLA Collection Profiles. Achievements provide a versatile framework for describing many different kinds of collections. Achievement offerings can evolve over time to capitalize on new technology or new models for accessing collections.

The goal of this work is to enable service providers and developers to leverage this shared collection description infrastructure to build new aggregation and interoperability services. These services could include search indexing services, visualization tools, instructional tools, promotional tools, analytics services, and recommendation services.

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DPLA Collection Achievements and Profiles System (DPLA Plenary Meeting)

  1. 1. DPLA Collection Achievements and Profiles System Digital Public Library of America Beta Sprint Proposal Tito Sierra, Jason Ronallo, and Steven Morris DPLA Plenary Meeting October 21, 2011
  2. 2. The Context <ul><li>Lots of cultural heritage content is already available online, and more content is coming online every day. </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Problem <ul><li>Unfortunately, much of this distributed content is poorly discoverable and underutilized by the general public. </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Proposal <ul><li>Build something like a LinkedIn profile for every special library, archive, and museum collection in the country. </li></ul><ul><li>A platform that simplifies cross-collection aggregation and interoperability. </li></ul>
  5. 11. Summary <ul><li>DPLA as a networking platform that helps cultural orgs maximize the discovery and use of their content. </li></ul>
  6. 12. More Information <ul><li>http://go.ncsu.edu/dplacaps </li></ul>This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.