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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.


How to become a DPLA Service Hub

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How to become a DPLA Content Hub

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Data Exchange Agreement and Data Use Best Practices

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Technical Considerations

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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.