In addition to our core work bringing new collections and partners into DPLA and building our technical services, we also manage projects that further our mission in new and exciting ways.
The Digital Public Library of America has received two grants from the Whiting Foundation to explore educational possibilities for its growing collection. The first grant supported research about how large digital collections can best support the needs of teacher and students. The second grant project implements findings and plans for building and sharing curated primary source sets in collaboration with teachers on a DPLA Education Advisory Committee. Read more about Educational Uses projects.
Getting it Right on Rights
The DPLA’s “Getting it Right on Rights” project, funded by a Knight News Challenge grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, will create a simplified and more coherent rights structure for content collections from libraries, museums, archives and other sources, along with best practices that institutions can use to safely make more content available to the public. Huge collections of content from libraries, museums, archives and other sources are freely accessible on the Web through the Digital Public Library of America, Europeana, Trove (Australia) and other organizations. However, these collections lack consistency on people’s usage rights and are further weakened by inconsistent copyright law and aversion to risk by nonprofit institutions. Getting it Right on Rights will create a simplified and more coherent rights structure, along with best practices that institutions around the world can use to safely make more content available to the public. The project will include two international summits to convene experts in the field, from museum leaders to intellectual property lawyers and policymakers, the creation of a new digital rights standard and production of a best practices guide. Read more about the Getting it Right on Rights project.
Hydra in a Box
The Digital Public Library of America, Stanford University and DuraSpace are partnering to extend the existing Hydra project codebase and its vibrant and growing community to build, bundle, and promote a feature-rich, robust, flexible digital repository that is easy to install, configure, and maintain. This next-generation repository solution — “Hydra in a Box” — will work for institutions large and small, incorporating the capabilities and affordances to support networked resources and services in a shared, sustainable, national platform. The overall intent is to develop a digital collections platform that is not just “on the web,” but “of the web.” With funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the 30-month collaborative project launched in May 2015 and is currently in the Product Design phase. More information about the project and our plans will be posted to the project wiki.
Initiatives around Ebooks
DPLA is actively contributing to the ebook landscape through a number of projects:
Ebooks Working Group
Thanks to the generous funding of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, DPLA is facilitating ongoing and in-depth discussions about ebooks and their future, and what DPLA and its partners can do to help push things forward. Along with the New York Public Library, a leader in library technology and services, DPLA plans to intensify the discussions it has already been having with publishers, authors, libraries, and the public about how to connect the maximal number of ebooks with the maximal number of readers. To find out more about the Ebooks Working Group, visit the project wiki.
Open Ebooks Initiative
In April 2015, President Obama announced a major new program, Open Ebooks, that will provide children from across the country with greater access to thousands of ebooks. The Open Ebooks Initiative will include ebooks from DPLA’s extensive collection of openly available content as well as contemporary titles from publishers, which are being generously donated as part of the effort and available for free to students from low-income families. The publisher commitments include $250 million in ebook donations. DPLA’s national network of librarians will help coordinate books for inclusion in the program, and will connect to children and libraries across America. Read more about the Open Ebooks Initiative.
To find out more about DPLA’s initiatives around ebooks, visit the DPLA & Ebooks page.
Public Library Partnerships Project
The Digital Public Library of America’s Public Library Partnerships Project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, works with existing DPLA Service Hubs to provide digital skills training for public librarians and connect them sustainably with state and regional resources for digitizing, describing, and exhibiting their cultural heritage content. Read more about the Public Library Partnerships Project.