Cambridge, MA—The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) will be partnering with Boston, MA-based interactive agency iFactory to design and develop a prototype front end portal, the companies announced today.
iFactory will create a website that will facilitate the creative discovery, sharing, and use of multimedia library materials among the general public. This prototype website, built on top of the DPLA API currently under development, will serve as a gesture toward the possibilities for a future, fully built-out DPLA.
“We are delighted to be working with iFactory to build a front end for the DPLA,” said Maura Marx, Director of the DPLA Secretariat. “We were impressed with their response to our request for proposals and by their plans for the prototype.”
Emily Gore, DPLA Director for Content, said, “We look forward to working with iFactory to make the rich, unique content held by the hubs accessible to all and to develop a framework and design that allows for increased content access and discovery.”
“We are exceptionally pleased to be able to partner with DPLA on this great project, bringing our insights into the publishing segment to bear on this innovative and exciting challenge,” said Alen Yen, President and Creative Director at iFactory/RDW Group. “We have a proven track record of developing elegant solutions for content-rich publishers like DPLA, and are eager to collaborate on this newest challenge.”
iFactory has done web development work for some of the leading organizations in the publishing world, including Oxford University Press, De Gruyter, SAGE, Cengage and many others.
About the Digital Public Library of America
The DPLA is taking the first concrete steps toward the realization of a large-scale digital public library that will make the cultural and scientific record available to all. This impact-oriented research effort unites leaders from all types of libraries, museums, and archives with educators, industry, and government to define the vision for a digital library in service of the American public. More information can be found at http://dp.la.
Since 1992 iFactory has delivered innovative, inspiring, and intelligent interactive solutions to more than 150 organizations in a variety of verticals including publishing, higher education, health care, and nonprofit. The company brings together design vision, engineering knowledge, and project management skills that result in the highest quality digital media solutions every time, on time. Based in Boston, MA, iFactory is a division of RDW Group, a leading integrated communications firm with offices in Boston, Worcester and Providence, Rhode Island. For more information, visit www.ifactory.com.
Kenny Whitebloom, Project Coordinator
Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Sean E. Sweeney