Technical Aspects Meeting Notes: October 20, 2011
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The Technical Aspects workstream identified three key challenges for their work:
- To clarify the technical deliverables for the DPLA.
- To collaborate with the groups of people who will be assigned to write code and develop the product.
- To provide input to the feasibility of decisions from other workstreams
Over the course of their meeting, the group developed a mission statement: “Establish the technical and normative principles of the technological framework that will best support the DPLA’s aims.” The workstream’s main priorities are to:
- Fund a team who will write code.
- Establish a set of working guidelines for collaboration with the content workstream.
- Find a productive primary approach to building a digital library out of existing content before branching out into a second phase with new content.
- Come up with ways to bring in content from societies that can’t scan it themselves.
- Establish working ideas of “what is the DPLA?” and turn that into “what could it be?”
Workstream members feel the DPLA needs to demonstrate success very quickly, and hope to produce the “shiny thing” or “killer app” that will demonstrate its vast potential. They identified as three additional work products/deliverables:
- An open system with APIs and services that enable building user views and localization into the content.
- Short terminal technical evaluations of the sprint projects to advise feasibility and interoperability.
- A set of guiding principles to provide to other workstreams and technology partners.
Additionally, the group discussed the following related projects that merit study:
- User-provided content (YouTube, Flickr)
- Book scanning & access projects
- Personal library and citation management tools
- Collection registries, institutional repositories, museum collections
- Commercial-mediated content: Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, Spotify, Overdrive, iTunes
- Indexing services and knowledge bases such as OCLC, Europeana, wikis, and FreeBase
Slides from the October 20, 2011 Technical Aspects meeting can be found here.
Establish the technical and normative principles of the technological framework that will best support the DPLA’s aims.
Chris Freeland, Center for Biodiversity Informatics/Missouri Botanical Garden; Biodiversity Heritage Library
Martin Kalfatovic, Smithsonian Institution Libraries
John Blyberg, Darien Library
Aaron Chaletzky, Library of Congress
Tim Dilauro, Johns Hopkins University
Lee Dirks, Microsoft Research Connections
Michael Edmonds, Wisconsin Historical Society
Emily Gore, Florida State University
Jorge Martinez, Knight Foundation
Robert McDonald, Indiana University
Brad McLean, DuraSpace
Carole Palmer, Center for Informatics Research in Science & Scholarship; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Robert Stein, Indianapolis Museum of Art
David Weinberger, Harvard Library Innovation Lab
Kristina Woolsey, Exploratorium
Pam Wright, National Archives and Records Administration