At the start of the summer we announced the introduction of the HathiTrust Digital Library as a DPLA Content Hub. Now, with the summer winding down, we’re excited to share that 1.7 million metadata records associated with almost 3.5 million of HathiTrust’s freely available books, journals, government documents, and more are now accessible on dp.la and through the DPLA application programming interface (API). That doubles the DPLA’s offerings from 2.4 million records in April to almost 4.5 million today.
From the June 18, 2013 press release announcing the DPLA-HathiTrust partnership:
“DPLA, like HathiTrust, was founded on the belief that digital collections in aggregate become much more valuable than the sum of their parts,” Wilkin said. This shared vision was a strong incentive to overcome barriers to the partnership. The HathiTrust metadata will be contributed under the terms of a Creative Commons “CC0” license, and Wilkin cites the support of OCLC, the worldwide library cooperative, for the contribution of records possibly derived from its WorldCat database. Sandy Yee, Chair of the OCLC Board of Trustees, explains that DPLA’s Data Use Best Practices, which request that users provide attribution to metadata providers, are in keeping with OCLC community data norms. Yee said, “We are very pleased to support the discovery of this rich aggregation of freely available texts via the DPLA. Their work and that of HathiTrust amplifies and extends the efforts of the thousands of library contributors to the OCLC cooperative.”
You can search the newly added HathiTrust content by clicking http://bit.ly/hathidpla.