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We received over 60 statements of interest in the Digital Public Library of America Beta Sprint. We strongly encourage sprinters to work with one another as they develop their betas. We hope that by working with each other, sprinters may find additional channels for innovation.

Below is a list of sprinters who submitted statements of interest prior to the June 15, 2011 deadline. Sprinters are encouraged to add short descriptions of their betas below. If you would like to edit this wiki, please create an account.


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Contact: Mark MacGillivray
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Institutional Partner(s): Jim Pitman / Bibliographic Knowledge Network, University of California Berkeley; Mark MacGillivray / Open Knowledge Foundation, Cottage Labs, University of Edinburgh; Richard Jones / Cottage Labs; Peter Murray-Rust / University of Cambridge, Open Knowledge Foundation
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Contact: Luis Jergo
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Contact: Kevin Moses
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Institutional Partner(s): Possibly Connecticut State Library
URL: http://alterclass.posterous.com/dying-to-tell-a-story
Description: This is the much updated Beta Sprint Statement; the Project is now titled: Raconteur (an archive of sorts).

The objective of the project is to create access to a means of long term digital archiving of user/visitor stories, primarily autobiography and biography. The project plays on the following construction: a [digital] library by the people for the people. The proposed system is a digital archival system accessible by a web based user interface to anyone (e.g., US based public library visitor, non US based internet visitor, ...) who wishes to put down a record in either audio or video format of their lives, the lives of others or any event of their choosing. This construction is sourced in encounters with storytellers, e.g., I wanted to tell of this, I wanted another to carry this story into the future, and I wanted another to know. In particular, the encounter (of the Archive) is with a storyteller wanting to put down a record.

A user of the website would have access to create their own archive (account) of their entries delivered to the Archive in audio and/or video format. The user would have unlimited opportunities to return to their archive to make entries. This resonates with unlimited diary entries with the user is aware that their entries are being archived in an account dedicated to them, which account is publicly available. The user's account will be the subject of long-term preservation incorporating the aspects of changing technologies and changing user communities. The focus is on digital information (audio or video) as the form of information held. The model does not at the present time accommodate non-digital information but does envisage the availability of imaging technologies to render a non-digital image, digital.


Contact: Michael Bellacosa
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Contact: David Smith, R. Manmatha, James Allan, Gregory Crane
Affiliation: University of Massachusetts, Amherst / Tufts University, Perseus Digital Library Project
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Video: DPLA Beta Sprint Project
Contact: Tom Cramer, Robert Sanderson
Affiliation: Stanford University / Los Alamos National Lab
Institutional Partner(s):Stanford University, Los Alamos National Lab
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Contact: Claire Cocco, Eric Childress, Carol Jean Godby
Affiliation: OCLC
Institutional Partner(s): University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
URL: http://journal.code4lib.org/articles/54.
Description: We are offering use of a Crosswalk Web Service to translate metadata formats from one to another. We'll be providing the Service with a REST interface that enables the translation of common standards for bibliographic description such as Dublin Core, Dublin Core Terms, MARC and ONIX. We hope to support other beta sprinters who have a need for this type of translation service.
Contact: Steven L. MacCall, PhD
Affiliation:Associate Professor, University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies
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Contact: Myrna Morales
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Contact: John Mark Ockerbloom
Affiliation: University of Pennsylvania
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URL: On this wiki: Digital Public Library Core Collections
Description: Planning to proactively develop a digital public library core collection: a continually updated collection of high-quality, up-to-date free digital resources that meet the most pressing information needs of the general American public library audience, aiming to achieve the breadth and depth of a high-quality traditional public library. Collaborators very much needed and welcomed!
Note: Due to other demands that took up my time this summer, I am not submitting this as a sprint. But I will leave the planning page on this wiki, and hope that others involved in the DPLA will take up and build on the basic ideas of building up a strong, current content core.
Contact: Genny Engel
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Contact: Charles Moad, Susan Chun
Affiliation: Indianapolis Museum of Art
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Contact: Richard Walker
Affiliation: Charter Oak State College (Online Learning), The Education Advisory Group
Institutional Partner(s): Looking for Partners
URL:http://www.zintro.com
Description:The DPLA Center for Scholarship and Academic Discourse

The purpose of the proposed DPLA Center for Scholarship and Academic Discourse is to guide the user beyond cursory inspection of secondary sources. This foible of our time is lamented by Nicholas Carr in The Shallows: “With writing on the screen, we’re still able to decode text quickly – we read, if anything, faster than ever – but we’re no longer guided toward a deep, personally constructed understanding of the text’s connotations…The strip-mining of ‘relevant content’ replaces the slow excavation of meaning” (p166).

The reader will be encouraged to utilize the DPLA and seek out deeper meaning if he/she can also find inspirational advice and research guidance. However, if the DPLA grows substantially there may not be enough librarians. Therefore, a database is needed to include others who are good at connecting the dots to encourage research; teachers, faculty, scientists, engineers, writers, humanists, lawyers, alumni, tutors, businesspeople, entrepreneurs etc. A premiere system for connecting experts and researchers is Zintro at www.zintro.com whose founder and president Stuart Lewtan has expressed willingness to accommodate the DPLA and serve students, teachers, faculty. With good biographical data such as this it becomes feasible to connect DPLA users with experts and scholars. An example of how subject matter is used to connect to Zintro experts is EcoSeed at http://www.ecoseed.org/business/us (click on a subheading). The Center will also use the power of LinkedIn for identification and discussions (see the College Research Sharing group). An example of how bios are optimally written is the new Cambridge College Alumni Profiles booklet, accessible via their site or the publisher www.issuu.com (I wrote this book as a consultant, and this profiling service is available via The Education Advisory Group www.eagstrategies.com At the end I wrote: Reproduction of any portion of this publication without written permission is forbidden, unless used for teaching under the doctrine of fair use)

The Center will utilize college and association speakers’ bureaus, and alumni offices, to solicit not only biographies but bibliographies, syllabi, abstracts, papers, essays, stories etc. Each of these would be searchable. For example, a student might find in the DPLA an older syllabus on consumerism, which includes a reading of Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy (1888). Clicking the title would link the student to the original text and clicking the professor’s name in the syllabus links to the Center and a mechanism via Zintro to send an invitation to communicate to the professor or a librarian. Eventually, inspired by some discussion, the student decides that it would be great to take the whole course. The Center could suggest to the college and/or professor that it offer the course again! There could be a great many spinoffs of ideas and projects because of this Center.

Contact: Ivy Anderson, Brian Tingle
Affiliation: California Digital Library
Institutional Partner(s):
URL: http://www.cdlib.org/services/dsc
Description: The DPLA Vertical Search Demo will investigate the viability of using web crawler technology to provide a single point of access to distributed collections hosted by digital libraries and other repositories. A vertical search engine provides focused and precision searching on a curated group of resources. We believe a vertical search of collections could provide a technical architecture, as well as a useful access layer, for the DPLA.
What it will look like: We will develop a functional prototype of the DPLA Vertical Search Demo for the beta sprint. The prototype will enable discovery across a targeted group of publicly accessible library and cultural heritage content hosted in a variety of digital library platforms (for example, websites using Omeka, CONTENTdm, or locally developed content management systems), as well as content from the Internet Archive. We are also investigating the possibility of crawling or otherwise including publicly-accessible resources in the HathiTrust repository. Preliminary wireframes, showing roughly how we envision the user interface to look, can be found at http://public-digital-collection.googlecode.com/hg/pdc-mock.pdf.
Technologies used: The DPLA Vertical Search Demo will be built entirely with existing open-source applications, including Apache Nutch, Apache Solr and related technologies.
How it’s different: Other architectures could be used to provide a similar unified search of distributed DPLA content, most notably metadata harvesting and federated search. However, both of these approaches require a high level of coordination with metadata providers or search targets. We believe that the targeted web crawler used by the vertical search will prove to provide an effective access layer with a low barrier to entry for relevant content.
Who we are: The DPLA Vertical Search Demo will be developed by the Digital Special Collections program at the California Digital Library (CDL). The CDL has extensive experience implementing advanced technologies to provide integrated access to library and cultural heritage collections from diverse institutions, notably through the Online Archive of California (OAC) and Calisphere. For more information, see http://www.cdlib.org/services/dsc. CDL also has extensive experience with mass digitized content through its partnerships with the Internet Archive and Google and is a founding participant in the HathiTrust.
Contact: Samuel Klein, David Smith, Brian Mingus
Affiliation: Wikipedia / UMass Amherst
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URL: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiScholar
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Contact: Samuel Klein Katie Filbert
Affiliation: Wiki Society of DC / Boston Wikipedian Network
Institutional Partner(s):
URL: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/LibLabs
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Contact: John Magill
Affiliation: OhioLINK
Institutional Partner(s): University of Akron Press
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Contact: Alesandro Dionisi Vici
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Contact: Laura Mandanas, Abigail Beckwith
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Contact: Wendy Seltzer
Affiliation: Chilling Effects Clearinghouse
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Contact: Wendy Pradt Lougee
Affiliation: University of Minnesota
Institutional Partner(s): University of Minnesota Libraries, Committee on Institutional Cooperation, HathiTrust
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Contact: Tito Sierra, Jason Ronallo, Steven Morris
Affiliation: North Carolina State University Libraries
Institutional Partner(s):
URL: http://go.ncsu.edu/dplacaps
Description: A major challenge facing the DPLA is getting all potential or desired DPLA contributors to adopt a common set of practices or standards to enable large-scale aggregation and interoperability. These organizations operate under varying human, financial, and technical resource constraints. Achieving broad participation under these circumstances will be difficult. To address these challenges, we propose a program model that encourages the progressive adoption of DPLA promoted standards and best practices. The program consists of two components: 1. DPLA Collection Profiles and 2. DPLA Collection Achievements. DPLA Collection Profiles provides a mechanism for the DPLA to manage and host an centralized knowledgebase of digital collections on the Internet. The collection profiles would be both human readable and machine actionable. DPLA contributors would create and manage their own collection profiles on the dpla.org website. The profiles would consist of an extensible set of descriptive and technical attributes about the collection. The proposed approach is similar to how social networking applications enhance user profiles with third party API support. DPLA contributors can expand their profiles over time to qualify for new DPLA-enabled programs and services. DPLA-enabled services could include search indexing services, visualization tools, analytics services, validation tools, and recommendation tools. Assuming DPLA Collection Profiles are open, these DPLA-scale services could be developed by the DPLA organization itself, members of the DPLA community, or third parties that provide fee-based services. DPLA Collection Achievements builds on DPLA Collection Profiles by encouraging community adoption of specific best practices or standards. The concept is inspired by the achievement/badge gamification technique prevalent in digital gaming culture. In the DPLA context, interoperability achievements could provide DPLA contributors with representation in DPLA-wide discovery services or the ability to participate in new programs. Achievement mechanisms also provides a strong social incentive model to encourage community participation and validate good work. Collection achievements could be awarded based on the adoption of Creative Commons licenses, the adoption of community developed metadata vocabularies, or deployment of search engine optimization best practices. Such a system can be tuned to support contributions that advance the evolving strategic goals of the DPLA as it moves from incubation to maturity. For our DPLA Sprint contribution, we will develop a set of wireframes that illustrate a possible user-facing implementation of the profile system, and define an example set of collection "achievements" to demonstrate how this concept can be put into practice.
Contact: Jon Voss
Affiliation: We Are What We Do
Institutional Partner(s): We work with over 100 institutions worldwide, including libraries, archives, museums.
URL: http://www.historypin.com
Description: View our video summary. The Historypin beta addresses the possibilities of photo archives combined on a single site, together with public input and interaction. We're also currently strategizing our implementation of Linked Open Data as a key component for sharing and utilizing metadata not only across institutions, but with web developers and end users as well. Historypin aims to provide a research tool for the general public, but also an interface for citizen interaction and contribution that encourages individual buy-in and ownership of the DPLA–embodying the interactive and community elements that are an intrinsic element of what we envision the public space of a library to be. In the coming months, we'll be working on tools that allow individuals and institutions to embed visualizations of the data on Historypin on their own site, much like one might expect of archival material in the DPLA. Starting in July 2011, the new site, mobile apps, and offline community programs will magnify this sense of connection and deep interaction with digital assets.
Contact: Vassilis Tzouvaras, Nasos Drosopoulos, Anna Christaki, Arne Stabenau, Fotis Xenikoudakis, Kostas Pardalis, Nikos Simou, Natasa Sofou, Stefanos Kollias
Affiliation:National Technical University of Athens
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URL: http://mint.image.ntua.gr and http://mint-projects.image.ntua.gr/dpla
Description: Our contribution refers mainly to the backend services required to support an aggregator of the scale of DPLA. MINT platform is been used for several aggregators in the Europeana cluster.
Video: DPLA-Beta Sprint Demo
Contact: Lorri Mon
Affiliation:Assistant Professor, Florida State University
Institutional Partner(s): Florida State University, College of Communication & Information
URL: http://mailer.fsu.edu/~lmon/dpla.html
Description: To attract users, DPLA must reach out to online information seekers where they already are, providing seamless access from other online sites and social media into DPLA's collections. This demo proposes a presence for DPLA in Google Maps and Google Earth that facilitates serendipitous discovery and encourages users to build their own maps and layers of DPLA digital resources.
Contact: Andy Bartlett
Affiliation: King Hall, Class of 2012
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Contact: Larry Goldberg, Madeleine Rothberg, Peter Pinch
Affiliation: WGBH National Center for Accessible Media and WGBH Interactive
Institutional Partner(s): Global IMS Learning Consortium, Benetech's DIAGRAM project, DAISY Consortium
URL: http://www.teachersdomain.org
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Contact: Sebastian Hammer
Affiliation: Index Data
Institutional Partner(s): University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Texas Center for Digital Knowledge, College of Information, University of North Texas
URL: http://indexdata.com/
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Contact: Bradley McLean, Jonathan Markow, Tom Cramer
Affiliation: DuraSpace
Institutional Partner(s): Hydra Project (Hull, Stanford, UVa)
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Contact: Erez Lieberman Aiden, Jean-Baptiste Michel, Martin Camacho,
Affiliation: Cultural Observatory
Institutional Partner(s): Harvard University Library
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Contact: Charles Nesson, Edward Guo, Phil Hill, Urs Gasser, Caroline Nolan
Affiliation: Berkman Center
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Description: We propose a Public Domain Registry that assures open access and liberty of free use. Our objective is to strengthen the Public Domain. In terms of Law and Engineering, this means building the law of human rights and liberties of the domain on a digital registry. The Registry will be a common file of links to Public Domain works in the collections of Registrars, (1) built with scrupulous curatorial and legal care (2) by Registrars of high repute, (3) backed by Lawyers in Support of the Public Domain who contribute pro bono defense. Participating Registrars will register only those Public Domain works for which they confidently assert Public Domain status. Edward Guo, creator of the International Music Score Library Project, is coding the registry. IMSLP.org, will be the initial Registrar, registering links to the Petrucci Collection of musical scores. This registration will be accompanied by an expression of willingness by one or more law firms to defend the declarations of the Registrar against copyright infringement actions (absent conflict of interest). This registry/registrar structure is intended as a template for participation by DPLA libraries as registrars supported by law firms. We invite and welcome participation in this initial registration process. The Registry is to be mirrored among all registrars.

Why is this a DPLA project? What are the integration points?

1. The Registry will be a source of authenticated Public Domain works to which DPLA can give access.

2. DPLA would be helped in its mission if it were to offer the Public Domain Registry service to its contributing libraries, so that those libraries are able to curate authenticated Public Domain collections, thus adding quality to the holdings to which DPLA gives access.

3. DPLA's license manager — whatever that might turn out to be — ought to recognize and offer the Registry's mark, so that when works registered in the Registry are offered to DPLA users, they have a visual assurance of their Public Domain authenticity; this will encourage re-use of those materials.

4. DPLA may find a common organizational core in pursuit of digital knowledge free to all. Librarians may find their ringdangdoo. Alliance with lawyers in defense and development of our Public Domain may prove deeply satisfying.

5. The Registry of the Public Domain is a starting point and model for development of a comprehensive registry of digital property in cyberspace, encompassing all digital works with clarified rights of access and use.


Contact: Deanna Marcum, Martin Kalfatovic, David Ferriero
Affiliation: Library of Congress, Smithsonian Institution, National Archives
Institutional Partner(s): National Archives, Smithsonian, Library of Congress
URL: Coming soon!
Description: The importance of participating in the DPLA, and especially of showing the ability of the three of the nation's public institutions to collaborate in making their collections accessible drove the project. For the Beta Sprint, we selected a small set of records that would show some of the breadth of our collections.
Each of our individual collections uniquely contribute to America's National Collections. In the short time of the Beta Sprint, it was not possible to build a fully working implementation of an interface to the disparate collections of the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, and the National Archives.
For the purpose of the DPLA Beta Sprint, staff from the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, and the National Archives modeled a faceted search aggregator using the Smithsonian's Enterprise Digital Asset Network (EDAN) as a starting point.
As part of this proof of concept, a selection of records, with associated digital assets were drawn from the collections of the Library of Congress and the National Archives. Only a small set from the Library of Congress and National Archives were selected to test data mapping.
Contact: Jeremy York
Affiliation: HathiTrust
Institutional Partner(s):
URL: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/dpla/Federated_Repositories_and_Providers
Description:This beta sprint considers relationships between potential stakeholders and participants in the DPLA, and explores ways they might work together to build a sustainable model that facilitates both access to and long-term preservation of materials. I will be using the model at the link above as a base, and would welcome collaborators. The end product will provide input on possibilities and issues to consider in the organizational, business, and technological structures of the DPLA.
Contact: John Mayer
Affiliation: Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction / CALI
Institutional Partner(s): Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction / CALI
URL: http://caliopolis.classcaster.net/files/2011/06/DPLLA.pdf
Description:
Contact: Dennis Y. Tenen, Jeffrey Schnapp
Affiliation: Harvard / Columbia
Institutional Partner(s): metaLab at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society; Software Environment for the Advancement of Scholarly Research at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
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Contact: David E. Stone, Tessa Kinney-Johnson, Tessa Harrington
Affiliation:WorldWired, Inc. / SpotOn3D
Institutional Partner(s): WorldWired, Inc., SpotOn3D
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Contact: Jeffrey Schnapp
Affiliation: Harvard University
Institutional Partner(s): metaLAB (at) Harvard, Francis Loeb Library
URL: http://extramuros.zeega.org/demo/
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Contact: Ed Walters
Affiliation: Fastcase
Institutional Partner(s): Fastcase
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Contact: Karen Cariani, Peter Pinch
Affiliation: WGBH Educational Foundation
Institutional Partner(s): "WGBH Media Library and Archives, WGBH Interactive Dept"
URL: http://openvault.wgbh.org/
Description:The WGBH Educational Foundation is committed to the goals, mission and spirit of the digital public library. Access is best created through digital preservation and online availability of content. Further, we believe that if an archive’s moving image and audio content is not on the web or organized in digital form, it is all but invisible to a public audience.

Over 60 years, WGBH has created a rich library and archive of media, which are housed in the WGBH Media Library and Archives. The MLA provides access for educational use, and this collection is valuable to the public, educators, and researchers. WGBH recently completed an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded project that allowed the team to work closely with humanities scholars and research their digital media needs and habits. From this, WGBH discovered major challenges in making materials accessible. Even when institutions have the resources to catalog, digitize, and store media, they lack the tools to manage and expose their data to the world. Furthermore, there are few common or broadly applicable frameworks applying to time-based media that address rights issues, vocabulary development or information discovery.

WGBH’s Open Vault models solutions to these challenges. This website is built on open source tools that deliver digital media materials. Seeking to make our archives as accessible as possible (within rights and resource limitations), we offer access ranging from catalog records to digital video, annotated transcripts and extensive metadata. We feel this is a good model for both policy and technology for media libraries and archives.

Building upon this expertise, WGBH proposes to help the Digital Public Library develop tools and policies that increase the findability of media collections, improve digital access, and advance digital humanities work. Specifically:

• The DPLA will need to support federated search and, possibly, display of media from multiple collections. WGBH will collaborate on a recommendation for media metadata standards.

• The DPLA should welcome collections from public media organizations. WGBH will prototype workflows that leverage existing data sources (such as NPR’s API and PBS’s COVE) to seed a catalog of local and national public media resources.

• The DPLA should contemplate enhancing catalogs with user-generated metadata. WGBH will develop protocols for connecting annotations between scholarly publications and library records, leveraging our work with Columbia University and contributing lessons learned from current Mellon-funded work on participatory cataloging.


Contact: Ben Naddaff-Hafrey
Affiliation: Harvard College, 2013
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Contact: Ronald J. Murray
Affiliation: Library of Congress, Washington DC
Institutional Partner(s):
URL:http://www.slideshare.net/RonMurray/the-graph-theoretical-library-edited
Description: My collaborators Barbara Tillett, Tom Baker, David C. Hay, and I are taking a look behind book catalogs, database records, XML schema, and RDF triples — to see what kind of mathematical, scientific, and cultural ideas energize the practice of Cultural Heritage resource description. In addition to library and archive history, we draw upon histories of science and mathematics, and temper them with concepts from Ethnomathematics, the study of how people in traditional and modern cultures have understood, explained, and managed their affairs by creating, counting, measuring, classifying, and otherwise arranging things of interest to them. DPLA implementors need to become aware of how resource description structures and points of view behave when they are submerged in implementations. Having done so, implementors can begin to shape their implementations in ways that reflect the sophisticated ways that creative parties, scholars, students, and other parties already describe Cultural Heritage resources. It turns out that the mathematical structures called graphs happen to be useful for creating and understanding Cultural Heritage resource description Exemplars (à la Thomas Kühn), as well as for responding to Use Case submissions. See slide 92 in the slideshow referenced by the above URL for a prior treatment of Exemplars applied to Cultural Heritage resource description – and the rest of the show for everything else.
Contact: Brewster Kahle
Affiliation: Internet Archive
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Contact: Christine Madsen, Matthew Steven Carlos
Affiliation: Sobota Foundation (both), Bodleian Libraries (Christine)
Institutional Partner(s): The Sobota Foundation
URL:
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Contact: Eric Lease Morgan
Affiliation:
Institutional Partner(s):
URL: sample applications
Description: I will demonstrate how libraries can make their collections more useful through the use of integrated text mining tools.
Video: My DPLA Beta-Sprint Proposal: The movie
Contact: David Weinberger
Affiliation: Harvard Library Innovation Lab for the ShelfLife Collaborative
Institutional Partner(s): Ann Arbor District Library: Eli Neiburger, Boston College: Tom Wall, Boston Public Library: Tom Blake, Darien Public Library: John Blyberg, Harvard University: Annie Cain, Harvard Library Innovation Lab, Paul Deschner, Harvard Library Innovation Lab, Kim Dulin, Harvard Library Innovation Lab, Ben Gaucherin, Harvard Law School, Jeff Goldenson, Harvard Library Innovation Lab, Michael Jimenez, Harvard Library Innovation Lab, Matt Phillips, Harvard Library Innovation Lab, Gosia Stergios, Harvard Business School, Harvard metaLAB: Jeffrey Schnapp, Jesse Shapins, LibraryThing: Tim Spalding, New York University: Corey Harper, Northeastern University: Amira Aaron, Patrick Yott, San Francisco Public Library: Brian San Jose Public Library / Public Library Association: Nathaniel Hill, Skokie Public Library: Toby Greenwalt, University of Connecticut: David Lowe, University of Richmond: Robert Nelson, Scott Nesbit, Westchester Library System: Terry Kirchner, Non-affiliated: Dan Brickley, Oleg Kagan, Petar Maymounkov
URL: Home page
Description: ShelfLife provides a rich environment for exploring the combined content of the DPLA, discovering new works and engaging more deeply with them via social interactions. It uses familiar library metaphors, showing works in a variety of different contexts to facilitate serendipity and contextual understanding. ShelfLife will support a "click and play" interface for reading/viewing available items. Users will be guided to new works by a recommendation system based on aggregated anonymous usage data and, importantly, via rich social interactions with friends and fellow fans of works. LibraryCloud is the middleware metadata server that supports ShelfLife. It will make DPLA's metadata public via open APIs, to spur innovation.
Video: Shelf DPLA beta sprint project
Contact: Dr. Bharat Mehra
Affiliation: Associate Professor, School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee
Institutional Partner(s): "School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee
URL:
Description: INCLUSION OF UNDER-REPRESENTED VOICES IN THE DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE DIGITAL PUBLIC LIBRARY OF AMERICA: INTEGRATING THE PERSPECTIVES OF RURAL LIBRARIANS IN THE SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL APPALACHIA

Rural librarians in the Southern and Central Appalachia (SCA) experience severe information poverty and marginalization owing to their unique cultural, social, economic, and environmental challenges (Appalachian Regional Commission, 2010; Black, 2007; Kusmin, 2008). They have been traditionally under-represented in library and information science (LIS) owing to stigma and a lack of national attention, support, and distribution of resources, amongst other factors (Eller, 2008; Mehra, Black, & Lee, 2010; Scruggs, 2010). Moreover, there are few current rigorous studies documenting the authentic experiences of SCA’s rural librarians (Hildreth, 2007; Mehra, Singh, and Parris, 2010; Mehra et al., 2011). This proposal will address these gaps by using mixed methods to gather feedback from SCA’s rural librarians about their needs, expectations, and practices associated with the conceptualization, design, organization, and delivery of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). A web-based survey will gather open-ended and structured responses from SCA’s rural librarians about the DPLA in terms of the following areas (DPLA Concept Note, 2011): 1) Scope/content; 2) Architecture; 3) Metadata 4) Scanning; 5) Storage/preservation; 6) Administration/governance; 7) Current status; 8) Access; 9) Funding; 10) Timing. Additionally, qualitative interview feedback from SCA’s rural librarians on these topics will also be reported. Both datasets will document the perspectives of SCA rural librarians regarding the DPLA in relation to their challenges/barriers; issues/concerns; needs/expectations; benefits/advantages; resources to promote active contributions; suggestions /directions of growth; and other matters of significance. Use of mixed methods will collect complementary datasets that provide a holistic understanding of the perspectives of the SCA rural community. Findings will be delivered in the form of strategic recommendations (or guidelines) report highlighting the perspectives of SCA’s rural librarians about the DPLA’s design and development process. Including SCA’s rural librarians in this process will: 1) Integrate disenfranchised perspectives into mainstream LIS politics and practices; 2) Provide balanced decision-making insuring equitable sharing of resources; 3) Develop greater ethical and moral responsibility in LIS to become more diverse in its extent and outreach; 4) Educate future LIS professionals to develop more relevant information services and systems for rural patrons. Note: Please contact the researcher at bmehra@utk.edu for a list of references used in this proposal.

Contact: David Hay
Affiliation: Consultant to the Library of Congress
Institutional Partner(s): Barbara Tillet, Chief, Policy and Standards Division / Library of Congress, Ronald Murray, Researcher / Library of Congress Preservation Directorate Digital Preservation Laboratory
URL: http://essentialstrategies.com
Description:
Contact: Chad A. Hines
Affiliation:
Institutional Partner(s):
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Description:

Crowd-Sourced Annotations for Herman Melville's Mardi. This includes footnotes, illustrations, audio files, and any other content collaborators choose to upload and associate with pages of the text. The goal would be an evolving, interactive archive through which readers can create customized versions out of aggregated, creative commons-licensed supplementary material.

Contact: Theodore (Ted) Lynn Penberthy
Affiliation:
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Contact: David Dorman
Affiliation:
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Contact: Pamela C. Murphy
Affiliation: ALA, TLA
Institutional Partner(s): County Library in TN, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville Montgomery County School System, Montgomery County Government, Economic Development Council, Kiwanis
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Contact: Rachel L. Frick, Carole Palmer, Geneva Henry, Musebrarian
Affiliation: CLIR: Digital Library Federation
Institutional Partner(s): University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
URL: http://imlsdcc.grainger.illinois.edu/about.asp
Description: There are four interrelated projects within the framework of our beta sprint effort: 1) extending the Institute of Museums and Library Services Digital Collections and Content / Opening History (DCC) resource as a domestic foundation for content, principles, and processes for the DLA prototype; 2) documenting the technical aspects of such metadata, harvesting, and indexing; 3) demonstrating how APIs would support services for user experience through faceted browsing and visualization, and 4) producing a supplementary report that reviews and compares the system architectures, content types, and scale of content of large digital library aggregation projects including DCC, Europeana, and the National Science Digital Library (NSDL), to help our community understand the factors that have led to success as well as shortcomings with the varied approaches taken by large-scale aggregation projects

The DCC/Opening History approach to aggregation is consistent with Europeana in many of its principles and processes. DCC brings together similar content from the same range of digital cultural heritage institutions. The basic mode of aggregation is also the same: metadata is centralized and indexed, providing integrated access to descriptions and thumbnails that link back to the digital object at the host institution. As an aggregator, DCC principles and practices recognize the importance of retaining curated collections and institutional identity in largescale aggregations. Collections and institutions both provide valuable organizational and intellectual context that users need for interpretation and use of digital materials and navigation through large bodies of distributed content. Our project will look at ways aggregation services can create context and help with content recruitment for the DPLA. For more information see the Press Release

Video: DLF & IMLS/DCC Beta Sprint Project
Contact: Bonnie Roalsen
Affiliation: mb3ok.org
Institutional Partner(s): Dover Town Library, Dover, MA
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Contact: John Roberts
Affiliation: Heal the World, Inc.
Institutional Partner(s):
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Contact: Aurobinda Panda
Affiliation: KIIT School of Law, KIIT University
Institutional Partner(s): Atul Patel
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Contact: Professor Lili Saghafi
Affiliation: McGill University
Institutional Partner(s):
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Contact: Fred Stielow
Affiliation: American Public University System
Institutional Partner(s): APUS, IMS Global for Common Cartridge input, Cengage Advisory Board
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Contact: Susan Chun, Charles Moad, Robert Stein
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Institutional Partner(s): Susan Chun, Founder and Project Lead, Steve: The Museum Social Tagging Project, Charles Moad and Robert Stein, Indianapolis Museum of Art, ARTstor, The Florida State University, Institut für Museumsforschung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Public Library, Powerhouse Museum, Australia, Smithsonian Institution,Stamen Design, University of California, Los Angeles, University of Maryland, Walker Art Center
URL: http://museumsearch.pbworks.com
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Contact: Mike Sweet
Affiliation: Credo Reference
Institutional Partner(s):
URL: http://corp.credoreference.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=259&Itemid=178
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Contact: Ray Uzwyshyn, Ph.D., MLIS
Affiliation: American Public University System
URL: Digital Public Libraries: Gutenberg Remix and Knowledge Seeking Tools
Description:For the Digital Public Library of America Beta Sprint, I was interested in opening possibilities for creative brainstorming and have submitted two brief visually-oriented videos, one regarding digital libraries and online learning and a second broadening historical parameters. To give a little more detail, the first video, Digital Public Libraries: Gutenberg Remix reflects on digital public libraries relating to reading, writing, learning, open access, intellectual property and multimedia pedagogy from humanistic perspectives. The second video, Knowledge Seeking Tools approaches online libraries through a historical trajectory of augmenting human cognition through the technologies which have helped us through recorded history: stone tablets, papyrus scrolls, Gutenberg, brick-and mortar-libraries, card catalog taxonomies, microfilm, the computer, the Internet, Google search, virtual worlds, social media, mobile devices and E-books. Hoping both pieces spur creative thinking for wider synergies.


Contact: Dr. Bharat Mehra
Affiliation: Associate Professor, School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee
Institutional Partner(s): School of Information Sciences, College of Communication and Information, University of Tennessee
URL: http://www.sis.utk.edu/users/bmehra
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Contact: Joe Lucia, Demian Katz, David Uspal, David Lacy
Affiliation: Villanova University
Institutional Partner(s): VuFind Discovery Layer
URL: http://vufind.org
Description: VuFind is a popular open-source discovery layer (built on Apache Solr and PHP) used for providing search functionality for many libraries. Originally designed to provide a user-friendly faceted search interface for MARC records, VuFind has since grown to be much more flexible, allowing all sorts of content to be mixed and matched and supporting various APIs for augmenting locally indexed data. The VuFind team is interested in collaborating with any others who would like to use VuFind as a platform for DPLA-related projects.
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