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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.

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.

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. 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. 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. 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. 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.


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DPLA and the International Image Interoperability Framework
May 10, 2016

DPLA and the International Image Interoperability Framework

DPLA, along with representatives of a number of institutions, is presenting at Access to the World’s Images, a series of events related to the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) in New York City. The events will showcase how institutions are leveraging IIIF to reduce total cost and time to deploy image delivery solutions, while simultaneously improving end user experience with a new host of rich and dynamic features, and promote collaboration within the IIIF community through facilitated conversations and working group meetings.

Announcing the launch of RightsStatements.org
April 14, 2016

Announcing the launch of RightsStatements.org

The Digital Public Library of America and Europeana are proud to announce the launch of RightsStatements.org, developed in partnership with Creative Commons, Kennisland and key stakeholders of the DPLA and Europeana networks. RightsStatements.org is a collaborative approach to rights statements that can be used to communicate the copyright status of cultural objects.

DPLA staff attend LDCX at Stanford University
April 5, 2016

DPLA staff attend LDCX at Stanford University

Four DPLA staff members recently attended LDCX at Stanford University. The annual conference is a chance for those in the library, archive, and museum (LAM) communities who work with technology to collaborate on solutions to common problems.

Curation Corps 2016: Help Us Continue Growing Open eBooks
March 9, 2016

Curation Corps 2016: Help Us Continue Growing Open eBooks

Two weeks ago we were thrilled to join The New York Public Library, First Book, and Baker & Taylor in announcing the launch of Open eBooks, an app containing thousands of popular and award-winning titles that are free for children from low-income households. You may be wondering: what was DPLA’s role in all of this?

Maximizing Access to eBooks
February 24, 2016

Maximizing Access to eBooks

Since our launch almost three years ago, the Digital Public Library of America has sought to maximize access to our shared culture. Thanks to our many library, archive, and museum partners, we’ve been able to share over 11 million items, including a wide range of artifacts, documents, artworks, photographs, audiovisual materials, and, of course, many books.

Open eBooks Opens World of Digital Reading to Children
February 24, 2016

Open eBooks Opens World of Digital Reading to Children

Major publishers contribute thousands of titles to benefit students in need

February 23, 2016 – Open eBooks, a new initiative and e-reader app that will make thousands of popular, top-selling eBooks available to children in need for free, is launching today. First Lady Michelle Obama is releasing a video today raising awareness of the new opportunity for children. The initiative is designed to address the challenge of providing digital reading materials to children living in low-income households, and offers unprecedented access to quality digital content, including a catalog of eBooks valued at more than $250 million.

New Primary Source Sets for Education Published
January 20, 2016

New Primary Source Sets for Education Published

Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is very pleased to announce the release of its second group of Primary Source Sets about topics in US history, literature, and culture, along with new features for navigating our growing project.

DPLA Announces Knight Foundation Grant to Research Potential Integration of Newspaper Content
November 9, 2015

DPLA Announces Knight Foundation Grant to Research Potential Integration of Newspaper Content

The Digital Public Library of America has been awarded $150,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to research the potential integration of newspaper content into the DPLA platform.

New Primary Source Sets for Education
October 20, 2015

New Primary Source Sets for Education

Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is very pleased to announce the release of its first group of Primary Source Sets about topics in US history, literature, and culture. These sets were developed and reviewed by a new Education Advisory Committee for use by students and teachers in grades 6-12 and higher education. Each set includes an overview, ten to fifteen primary sources, links to additional resources, and a teaching guide. This project was generously funded by the Whiting Foundation.

New Self-Guided Curriculum for Digitization
October 7, 2015

New Self-Guided Curriculum for Digitization

Through the Public Library Partnerships Project (PLPP), DPLA has been working 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. Through the project workshops, we used this curriculum to introduce 150 public librarians to the digitization process. Now at the end of the project, we’ve made this curriculum available in a self-guided version intended for digitization beginners from a variety of cultural heritage institutions.

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