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.
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Digital Hubs Pilot Project – In September 2012, DPLA began the first effort to establish a national network out of the over 40 state or regional digital collaboratives, numerous large content repositories, and other promising digital initiatives currently in operation throughout the US. Through the Digital Hubs Pilot Project, we are working with our partners to bring together myriad digitized content from across the country into a single access point for end users. The approach for the pilot is to work with six state or regional organizations (Service Hubs) and a similar number of large content providers (Content Hubs) to aggregate content on a pilot basis; we plan to expand the project to include additional partners in the near future. The goal of the Hubs Project is to strengthen and connect existing state and/or regional infrastructure to create a system of Service and Content Hubs from which aggregated data from libraries, museums, historical societies and archives are harvested. The Digital Hubs Pilot Project is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. To read more about the Digital Hubs Pilot Project, visit its project page.
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. To read more about the Getting it Right on Rights project, visit its project page.
Investigating Educational Uses – The Digital Public Library of America has received a grant from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation to explore educational possibilities for its growing collection. The grant will allow DPLA to convene in-person meetings for educators from a wide variety of institutions, including K-12 schools, community colleges, small liberal arts colleges, and research universities, this fall in Boston. The purpose of these meetings will be to define what DPLA and other large-scale digital collections can do to better adapt their resources to address educational needs at the secondary and college level. To read more about the Investigating Educational Uses project, visit its project 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. To read more about the Public Library Partnerships Project, visit its project page.