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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

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. 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.


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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!

Open Call about DPLA and Ebooks: Wednesday, July 15, 2:00PM Eastern
July 14, 2015

Open Call about DPLA and Ebooks: Wednesday, July 15, 2:00PM Eastern

The DPLA will lead an open call on Wednesday, July 15 at 2:00 PM Eastern to discuss and field questions about the DPLA Open Ebooks Initiative.

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.

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