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Beta Sprint Links
- Press release: May 20, 2011
- Digital Public Library of America Steering Committee Announces the Beta Sprint Review Panel: August 16, 2011
- Information and Submission Instructions
- Video: Steering Committee Chair John Palfrey presents the Beta Sprint
- AllOurIdeas: Suggest and vote on features for the DPLA
Beta Sprint Entries and Resources
- Beta Sprint Statements of Interest
- Beta Sprint: Specific Needs/Ways to Contribute
- Media and Blog Mentions: Beta Sprint
Beta Sprint Videos
- David Smith, R. Manmatha, James Allan, and Gregory Crane (University of Massachusetts, Amherst / Tufts University, Perseus Digital Library Project): DPLA Beta Sprint Project
- Digital Library Federation/CLIR and IMLS: DLF & IMLS/DCC Beta Sprint Project
- Eric Lease Morgan: My DPLA Beta-Sprint Proposal: The movie
- Harvard Library Innovation Lab for the ShelfLife Collaborative: Shelf DPLA beta sprint project
- MINT: DPLA-Beta Sprint Demo
- Sprinting Towards the Digital Public Library of America: Interviews with Boston-area Beta Sprint Submitters
- University of Minnesota Libraries: Government Publications: Enhanced Access and Discovery through Open Linked Data and Crowdsourcing
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Steering Committee seeks innovations from individuals, libraries, organizations, and others that could play a part in the building of a digital public library.
The Beta Sprint seeks ideas, models, prototypes, technical tools, user interfaces, etc.—put forth as a written statement, a visual display, code, or a combination of forms—that demonstrate how the DPLA might index and provide access to a wide range of broadly distributed content. The Beta Sprint also encourages development of betas that suggest alternative designs or that focus on particular parts of the system, rather than on the DPLA as a whole.
While submissions should be consonant with the description of the DPLA that is set forth in the four-page Concept Note posted on this wiki, the notion is not that we expect anything to be “done,” but rather that submissions be expressive of a direction in which we might take the DPLA.
For inspiration, one might consider the general approach taken by initiatives whose leaders are on the DPLA Steering Committee, such as the Internet Archive, Public.Resource.Org, the Hathi Trust, American Memory, and others, as well as the Europeana project and the national digital libraries in the Netherlands, Norway, and South Korea. Any number of approaches to building a DPLA, from a series of common protocols to a fully blown, centralized system, is possible to explore.
We encourage participants to work with a library or another holder of rights in content to demonstrate the effectiveness of a particular approach to building out a DPLA. We encourage participants to engage the public in their development processes as well, to the extent that they are comfortable doing so.
Submission instructions and more information are available at http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/dpla, where you can also watch a short video about the Beta Sprint. Statements of interest must be received by June 15, 2011. Final submissions will be due by September 1, 2011.