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Projects

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.

Current 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.

Educational Uses 
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.

Open Ebooks Initiative 
The Open Ebooks initiative was announced by President Obama at a ConnectED event that was held at Anacostia Library in Washington, DC on April 30, 2015. Under the thoughtful guidance and coordination of The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the initiative is a partnership between three existing nonprofits–DPLA, the New York Public Library, and First Book–and is made possible by the generous donations of publishers. Open ebooks add to existing efforts to help kids develop a love of reading and discovery by making ebooks available to youth from low-income families. Read more about the Open Ebooks Initiative.

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.

Past projects

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.


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Apply to the Ebook Collection Curation Corps
June 23, 2015

Apply to the Ebook Collection Curation Corps

As part of the White House’s Open Ebooks initiative, DPLA is calling on librarians and other information professionals to help coordinate books for inclusion in the program to help connect children with ebooks. We are seeking motivated, engaged community members who have experience with building and organizing children and young adult book collections, who have time to spend building out the first two collections.

Call for Educator Participants
June 15, 2015

Call for Educator Participants

The Digital Public Library of America is looking for excellent educators for its new Education Advisory Committee. We recently announced a new grant from the Whiting Foundation that funds the creation of new primary source-based education resources for student use with teacher guidance. We are currently recruiting a small group of enthusiastic humanities educators in grades 6-14 to collaborate with us on this project.

June 11, 2015

Apply to be a new DPLA Service Hub!

The Digital Public Library of America seeks applicants to serve as Service Hubs in our growing national network.

June 9, 2015

Digital Public Library of America receives $96,000 grant from the Whiting Foundation to expand its impact in education

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is pleased to announce that it has received $96,000 from the Whiting Foundation to begin creating resources for users in K-12 and higher education. The grant will allow DPLA to develop and share primary source sets built on the foundation of national educational standards and under the guidance of a diverse group of education experts. DPLA will also refine tools for creating user-generated content so that students and teachers can curate their own resources as part of the learning process.

Developing and implementing a technical framework for interoperable rights statements
May 20, 2015

Developing and implementing a technical framework for interoperable rights statements

In this post, Mark Matienzo (DPLA) and Antoine Isaac (Europeana Foundation), members of the International Rights Statement Working Group, discuss the key requirements and implementation plan for the technical aspect of the group’s work.

Within the Technical Working Group of the International Rights Statements Working Group, we have been focusing our efforts on identifying a set of requirements and a technically sound and sustainable plan to implement the rights statements under development. Now that two of the Working Group’s white papers have been released, we realized it was a good time to build on the introductory blog post by our Co-Chairs, Emily Gore and Paul Keller. Accordingly, we hope this post provides a good introduction to our technical white paper, Recommendations for the Technical Infrastructure for Standardized International Rights Statements, and more generally, how our thinking has changed throughout the activities of the working group.

The principles for establishing international & interoperable rights statements
May 11, 2015

The principles for establishing international & interoperable rights statements

In this post Paul Keller & Emily Gore, Co-Chairs of the International Rights Statement Working Group, describe the progress made by the group and share the first two white papers published by the group.

Over the past twelve months representatives from Europeana, the DPLA and Creative Commons have been exploring the possibilities for a collaborative approach to rights statements that can be used to communicate the copyright status of cultural objects published via our platforms. This work is close to the heart of both Europeana and the DPLA as we both seek to share clear and accurate information about copyright status with users.

The Digital Public Library of America Partners with President Obama to Provide Children with Greater Access to Ebooks
April 30, 2015

The Digital Public Library of America Partners with President Obama to Provide Children with Greater Access to Ebooks

Washington, DC—Today President Obama announced a major new program, with the Digital Public Library of America as a core partner, that will provide children from across the country with greater access to thousands of ebooks. The 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 to connect to children and libraries across America.

Summary Report from DPLAfest Ebook Workshop
April 29, 2015

Summary Report from DPLAfest Ebook Workshop

Through generous funding of the Alfred P. Sloan foundation, the Digital Public Library of America convened a two-day working meeting comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders to understand the current ecosystem for ebooks and unbundle pieces of this ecosystem to address the challenges ebooks present for libraries.

DPLA and Education: Findings and Recommendations from our Whiting Study
April 9, 2015

DPLA and Education: Findings and Recommendations from our Whiting Study

DPLA releases a research paper based on its Whiting-funded education project. The paper details findings about existing online education resources and educator needs, and recommendations for an education strategy.

GIF IT UP Winners Announced
December 11, 2014

GIF IT UP Winners Announced

There’s no better way to wrap up a busy year than with a showcase of awesome GIFs made from open materials. Over the past couple of months we’ve had tons of fun running the GIF IT UP competition with our good friends at DigitalNZ. Thank you to everyone who entered!

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