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Profit & Pleasure in Goat Keeping
February 26, 2015

Profit & Pleasure in Goat Keeping

Two weeks ago, we officially announced the initial release of Krikri, our new metadata aggregation, mapping, and enrichment toolkit. In light of its importance, we would like to take a moment for a more informal introduction to the newest members of DPLA’s herd. Krikri and Heiðrún (a.k.a. Heidrun; pronounced like hey-droon) are key to many of DPLA’s plans and serve as a critical piece of infrastructure for DPLA. They are also names for, or types, of goats.

Announcing our third class of DPLA Community Reps
February 24, 2015

Announcing our third class of DPLA Community Reps

We’re extremely excited to announce our third class of DPLA Community Reps–volunteers who engage their local communities by leading DPLA outreach activities. We were thrilled with the response to our third call for applicants, and we’re pleased to now add another roster of nearly 100 new Community Reps to our outstanding first and second classes, bringing the total number of Reps to just over 200.

Let’s Talk about Ebooks
February 23, 2015

Let’s Talk about Ebooks

At the DPLA, we are particularly enthusiastic about the role that our large and expanding national network of hubs can play. Many of our service hubs have already scanned books from their regions, and are generously sharing them through DPLA. Public domain works are being aggregated by content hubs such as HathiTrust, with more coming online every month. It is clear that we can bring these threads together to create a richer, broader tapestry of ebooks for readers of all ages and interests.

Family Bible records as genealogical resources
February 19, 2015

Family Bible records as genealogical resources

Interested in using DPLA to do family research, but aren’t sure where to start? Consider the family Bible. There are two large family Bible collections in DPLA—over 2,100 (transcribed) from the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, and another 90 from the South Carolina Digital Library. They’re filled with rich information about family connections and provide insight into how people of the American South lived and died during the—mainly—18th and 19th centuries.

What DPLA and DLF Can Learn from Code4lib
February 18, 2015

What DPLA and DLF Can Learn from Code4lib

Code4lib 2015 was held last week from February 9-12, 2015 in Portland, Oregon. The Code4lib conferences have grown in the last ten years, both in terms of size and scope of topics. This growth is particularly impressive when you consider that much of the work of organizing the conference falls upon a circulating group of volunteers, with additional organizational support from organizations like the Digital Library Federation. It has become clear to me that the Code4lib community is interested in ensuring that it can develop and support compelling and useful conferences for everyone who chooses to participate.

CLIR Hidden Collections and DPLA
February 17, 2015

CLIR Hidden Collections and DPLA

Recently, the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) announced a national competition to digitize and provide access to collections of rare or unique content in cultural heritage institutions, generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This new iteration of the popular Hidden Collections program will enhance the emerging global digital research environment in ways that support expanded access and new forms of research for the long term. Its aim is to ensure that the full wealth of resources held by institutions of cultural heritage becomes integrated with the open web.

DPLA welcomes four new Service Hubs to its growing national network: Tennessee, Maryland, Maine, and the Caribbean
February 13, 2015

DPLA welcomes four new Service Hubs to its growing national network: Tennessee, Maryland, Maine, and the Caribbean

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is pleased to announce the addition of four Service Hubs that will be joining our Hub network. The Hubs represent Tennessee, Maryland, Maine and the Caribbean. The addition of these Hubs continues our efforts to help build local community and capacity, and further efforts to build an on-ramp to DPLA participation for every cultural heritage institution in the United States and its territories.

February 11, 2015

DPLA releases Krikri 0.1.3

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is happy to announce the release of Krikri version 0.1.3, a Ruby on Rails engine for metadata aggregation, enhancement, and quality control. DPLA uses Krikri as part of Heiðrún, its new metadata ingestion system.

DPLA and the Digital Library Federation team up to offer special DPLAfest travel grants
February 10, 2015

DPLA and the Digital Library Federation team up to offer special DPLAfest travel grants

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is excited to work with the Digital Library Federation (DLF) program of the Council on Library and Information Resources to offer DPLA + DLF Cross-Pollinator Travel Grants. The purpose of these grants is to extend the opportunity to attend DPLAfest 2015 to four DLF community members. Successful applicants should be able to envision and articulate a connection between the DLF community and the work of DPLA.

DPLA at Code4Lib 2015
February 5, 2015

DPLA at Code4Lib 2015

Code4Lib is an annual, volunteer-organized conference focused on the intersection of technology and cultural heritage. DPLA is participating heavily in Code4Lib 2015, taking place on February 9 – 12 in Portland, Oregon. Here’s a handy guide detailing some of the key places they’ll be and how you can connect with them.

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