DPLA Groups seek to explore and better understand topics that are important to our community, including education, ebooks, archival description, Hydra-in-a-box, and others. We expect that those who have previously participated in our open committee calls — phased out in Fall 2015 — will find one or more of these groups helpful, and we encourage you to get involved by signing up for the public discussion lists associated with these groups.
Archival Description Working Group
The Archival Description Working Group is composed of representatives from DPLA Partner institutions as well as national-level experts in digital object description and discovery. The group will explore solutions to support both item-level and aggregate-level approaches to digital object description and access and will develop recommendations, data models, and tools as appropriate. Formal membership in this group is private, but if you have questions about its activities or purpose, please contact Gretchen Gueguen, DPLA Data Services Coordinator.
eBooks Work Group
The purpose of this group is to hold focused conversations about developing a framework for a national ebook strategy. Topics include: User stories; Scoping tools/Challenges relating to content types; Defining the national marketplace; Licensing Best Practices Workgroup; and Demonstration Projects. Sign up for the discussion list to get involved in the conversation.
The purpose of this group is to share news and announcements about DPLA’s education projects.
DPLA, 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.”
Open eBooks is an app containing thousands of popular and award-winning titles that are free for unlimited use by low-income students. These eBooks can be read in an unlimited fashion, without checkouts or holds. Children from low-income areas can access these eBooks, which include some of the most popular works of the present and past, and read as many as they like without incurring any costs. We believe access to these books will serve as a gateway to even more reading, whether at libraries, bookstores, or through other ebook reading apps. Open eBooks is a partnership between Digital Public Library of America, New York Public Library, and First Book, with support from Baker & Taylor. Sign up for the discussion list to get involved in the conversation.