Mark Sample

DPLAbot

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@DPLAbot is a Twitter bot that tweets links to random items located in the vast collections of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). The DPLA provides a powerful API, which gives developers a number of ways to query and access the 2.5 million items in the DPLA collections. However, the API has no means of calling up totally random items. This bot is an attempt to infuse what we all love about libraries—serendipitous discovery—into the DPLA, by retrieving random items at regular intervals. DPLAbot works by first coming up with a random noun and next searching the DPLA using that noun as a keyword. The result is a kind of "Surprise Me!" search function for the DPLA.