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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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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.

Final whitepapers for establishing international and interoperable rights statements released
October 6, 2015

Final whitepapers for establishing international and interoperable rights statements released

Over the past fifteen months, representatives from the Europeana and DPLA networks, in partnership with Creative Commons, have been developing a collaborative approach to internationally interoperable rights statements that can be used to communicate the copyright status of cultural objects published via the DPLA and Europeana platforms.

September 1, 2015

New Exhibitions from the Public Library Partnerships Project

DPLA is pleased to announce the publication of 10 new exhibitions created by DPLA Hubs and public librarian participants in our Gates-funded Public Library Partnerships Project (PLPP).

New DPLA Contract Opportunity: Metadata Ingestion Development Contractor
August 11, 2015

New DPLA Contract Opportunity: Metadata Ingestion Development Contractor

DPLA is seeking a contractor to assist us with development of our metadata ingestion system. The deadline for proposals is August 31. We encourage you to share this posting far and wide!

New DPLA Job Opportunity: Ebook Project Manager
August 10, 2015

New DPLA Job Opportunity: Ebook Project Manager

Come work with us! We’re pleased to share an exciting new DPLA job opportunity, Ebook Project Manager. The deadline to apply is August 31. We encourage you to share this posting far and wide!

Announcing Our New Education Advisory Committee
July 20, 2015

Announcing Our New Education Advisory Committee

We are very pleased to announce our 2015-2016 Education Advisory Committee. From an extremely qualified pool of over 300 candidates who responded to our Call for Educators Participants, including educators in many fields and institutions across the U.S., we have selected ten outstanding participants.

Interested in shaping “Hydra in a Box”? Take the Survey!
July 15, 2015

Interested in shaping “Hydra in a Box”? Take the Survey!

Do you manage digital collections? Are you interested in the future of repository solutions? The Digital Public Library of America, Stanford University, and DuraSpace want to hear from you. Take the Hydra-in-a-Box Survey!

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