“The Digital Public Library of America, an organization dedicated to building a large-scale digital public library that will make the cultural and scientific record available to all, held its first plenary meeting in Washington DC this morning and announced $5 million in funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Arcadia Fund. ‘What Carnegie did for public libraries a century ago, the DPLA could–if successful–accomplish for our era,’ Peter Baldwin, Chair of the Donor Board at the Arcadia Fund.
“The organization says it is founded on four key elements: open source code, linked meta-data, multi-media content and tools and services. What would a new world online be without a new public library?”
From Marshall Kirkpatrick’s article on ReadWriteWeb, Meet the New Digital Public Library of America