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New DPLA browser search options

New DPLA browser search options
Posted by Kenny Whitebloom on October 21, 2015 in Community Reps Series, Get Involved, News & Blog.

Thanks to the excellent work of DPLA Community Rep Shaun Akhtar (thanks, Shaun!), Firefox and Internet Explorer users can make use of a new OpenSearch plugin that will add the DPLA as one of your browser’s known search providers. Firefox users may also install it directly through the Mozilla Add-ons site. This is valuable because it gets you to DPLA content faster and more often.

Install the DPLA OpenSearch plugin to search our catalog right from your browser (pictured: Firefox)

Install the DPLA OpenSearch plugin to search our catalog right from your browser’s search tool (pictured: Firefox)

There is also a new route for users of DuckDuckGo, a privacy-friendly search engine. DuckDuckGo’s “bang” (“!”) operators let you directly search particular sites – for example, the query “!w Jesse Owens” will directly search Wikipedia for “Jesse Owens”. A new operator has been registered for DPLA, “!dpla”, and you can try it out in DuckDuckGo with “!dpla Jesse Owens” or “!dpla [the query of your choice]”.

To check out Shaun on GitHub, click here.

To learn more about how you can develop using DPLA’s open API or data sets, check out our Developers section.

Lastly, if you’ve developed an app or tool that makes use of DPLA data in some way, drop us a line! We’d love to hear about it (and maybe add it to our App Library).