Become a Partner
Become a Partner / Hubs
The DPLA would not exist without the collaboration of its many partners, organizations that both contribute their content and metadata to the DPLA and help other libraries, museums, archives, and cultural heritage institutions participate in the DPLA network.
Digital Hubs Pilot Project
|DPLA partners’ collections enjoy increased levels of discovery and use.
Since joining DPLA, the Minnesota Digital Library has seen a 55% increase in visits and 62% in unique visitors. The Mountain West Digital Library has seen a bump of 105% in visits and 109% in unique visitors. This traffic is then passed on in part to their contributing institutions. Read more about our partners.
In September 2012, the 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 this 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.
Each Service Hub offers a full menu of standardized digital services to local institutions, including digitization, metadata consultation, data aggregation and storage services, as well as locally hosted community outreach programs bringing users in contact with digital content of local relevance. The two-year Hubs Pilot aims to help existing state or regional programs offer these services to all institutions in their state or region. Service Hubs will serve as an on-ramp for every cultural heritage institution in a pilot state or region to participate in the DPLA network. If this model proves successful, the DPLA would like to implement it in all US states or regions.
In addition to Service Hubs, the DPLA also works with Content Hubs: existing large digital libraries that have a one-to-one relationship with the DPLA. Content Hubs as a general rule have more than 200,000 unique metadata records to contribute to the DPLA, and they commit to maintaining and editing those records as needed. For a full list of our current partners, please see our Partners page.
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How to become a DPLA Service Hub
- representing their community (state, region, etc.) as the metadata aggregation point for the DPLA, and having the community buy-in to do so;
- actively addressing issues of metadata quality;
- providing outreach to their metadata providers, including working in partnership with the DPLA to educate partner institutions on open data, data quality, data consistency, data standards, rights, and other relevant subjects;
- maintaining technology or technologies (such as OAI-PMH, Resource Sync, etc.) that allow for metadata to be shared with the DPLA on a regular, consistent basis; and
- actively engaging with the broader community of data creators, providers, and users.
If your organization is interested in becoming a Service Hub, and is willing to make the commitments above, please take the following steps:
- Determine if there is an existing Service Hub in your state (see our list of current partners). If so, please contact that Hub to discuss becoming a partner.
- If your state or region does not have a service hub, please determine if there is an existing digital collaborative (check this list of collaborative digitization programs in the United States as a starting place).
- If there is an existing collaborative in your state, please contact the collaborative leader(s) to discuss how you might partner with them to build off of the existing collaboration.
- Once you’ve taken these steps, please contact the DPLA Content Staff (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss your organization’s potential role as a Service Hub and your ability to make the commitments outlined above.
How to become a DPLA Content Hub▶ Read more
- Hold at least 200,000 unique metadata records that resolve to digital objects and comply with a national standard (DC, QDC, MODS).
- Be willing to share those records and associated content previews (thumbnails, clips, etc.) with DPLA in accordance with the Data Exchange Agreement, which describes how hubs provide data to the DPLA, and how the DPLA uses this data.
- Work with DPLA staff to edit records as needed for global metadata quality purposes.
If your organization is interested in becoming a Content Hub, and you meet the criteria above, please contact the DPLA Content Staff (email@example.com) to discuss ingest procedures and schedules. If your organization is interested in contributing content to the DPLA, but you do not meet the requirements above, please check to see if there is a Service Hub in your state or region. If there is not a Service Hub, please see above to determine Service Hub requirements and how best to form a Hub in your state, region, or community.
Data Exchange Agreement and Data Use Best Practices▶ Read more
Technical Considerations▶ Read more
Introduction to the DPLA metadata model
You can read more about the DPLA MAP in a short white paper, “An introduction to the DPLA metadata model,” which offers a detailed introduction to the DPLA MAP, describes how we harvest metadata, and outlines the types of metadata that our partners provide us.
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.