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Projects

In addition to our core work bringing new collections and partners into DPLA and building our technical services, we also manage projects that further our mission in new and exciting ways.

Educational Uses

The Digital Public Library of America has received two grants from the Whiting Foundation to explore educational possibilities for its growing collection. The first grant supported research about how large digital collections can best support the needs of teacher and students. The second grant project implements findings and plans for building and sharing curated primary source sets in collaboration with teachers on a DPLA Education Advisory Committee. Read more about Educational Uses projects.

Getting it Right on Rights

The DPLA’s “Getting it Right on Rights” project, funded by a Knight News Challenge grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, will create a simplified and more coherent rights structure for content collections from libraries, museums, archives and other sources, along with best practices that institutions can use to safely make more content available to the public. Read more about the Getting it Right on Rights project.

Hydra in a Box

The Digital Public Library of America, Stanford University and DuraSpace are partnering to extend the existing Hydra project codebase and its vibrant and growing community to build, bundle, and promote a feature-rich, robust, flexible digital repository that is easy to install, configure, and maintain. This next-generation repository solution — “Hydra in a Box” — will work for institutions large and small, incorporating the capabilities and affordances to support networked resources and services in a shared, sustainable, national platform. With funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the 30-month collaborative project launched in May 2015 and is currently in the Product Design phase. More information about the project and our plans will be posted to the project wiki.

Initiatives around Ebooks

DPLA is actively contributing to the ebook landscape through a number of projects:

Ebooks Working Group
Thanks to the generous funding of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, DPLA is facilitating ongoing and in-depth discussions about ebooks and their future, and what DPLA and its partners can do to help push things forward. To find out more about the Ebooks Working Group, visit the project wiki.

Open Ebooks Initiative 
In April 2015, President Obama announced a major new program, Open Ebooks, that will provide children from across the country with greater access to thousands of ebooks. The Open Ebooks Initiative will include ebooks from DPLA’s extensive collection of openly available content as well as contemporary titles from publishers, which are being generously donated as part of the effort and available for free to students from low-income families. Read more about the Open Ebooks Initiative.

To find out more about DPLA’s initiatives around ebooks, visit the DPLA & Ebooks page.

Public Library Partnerships Project

The Digital Public Library of America’s Public Library Partnerships Project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, works with existing DPLA Service Hubs to provide digital skills training for public librarians and connect them sustainably with state and regional resources for digitizing, describing, and exhibiting their cultural heritage content. Read more about the Public Library Partnerships Project.


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Two weeks left to submit your GIF IT UP entries!
November 18, 2014

Two weeks left to submit your GIF IT UP entries!

It’s been a little over a month since we launched GIF IT UP, an international competition to find the best GIFs reusing public domain and openly licensed digital video, images, text, and other material available via our search portals. Since then we’ve received dozens of wonderful submissions from all over the world. The winners will have their work featured and celebrated online at the Public Domain Review and Smithsonian.com. What are you waiting for? Submit a GIF today!

DPLA and DigitalNZ present GIF IT UP, an international GIF-making competition: October 13 – December 1, 2014
October 13, 2014

DPLA and DigitalNZ present GIF IT UP, an international GIF-making competition: October 13 – December 1, 2014

It’s a public domain celebration! The Digital Public Library of America and DigitalNZ are holding GIF IT UP, an international competition over the next six weeks to find the best GIFs reusing public domain and openly licensed digital video, images, text, and other material available via our search portals. The winners will have their work featured and celebrated online at the Public Domain Review and Smithsonian.com. Pretty sweet, huh?

Back to School with DPLA
September 2, 2014

Back to School with DPLA

It’s the first day of school for most kids in the United States, and so a good time to highlight the resources the Digital Public Library of America has ready and waiting for students and teachers this school year. Just like kids, DPLA spent the summer growing and maturing, adding new partners, new staff, and over a half-million items along the way. And we’ve been thinking a lot about how we can be most helpful in the classroom; this fall we will be talking to many educators from K-12 through college to get their advice.

DPLA in the Classroom: Resources on Slavery in the U.S.
July 24, 2014

DPLA in the Classroom: Resources on Slavery in the U.S.

As I mentioned in my previous blog post, I am an eighth grade Language Arts teacher working at the DPLA this summer, researching ways the DPLA is useful for instructors and students alike. My exploration of Japanese Internment revealed how the DPLA’s wealth of primary sources can help engage students and promote deeper understanding. In this post, I will examine resources related to a different period of American history – Slavery in the U.S. These texts and images may be useful to Social Studies classes focusing on the antebellum period, or to Language Arts classes reading slavery-related texts (e.g. Laurie Halse Anderson’s Chains, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Toni Morrison’s Beloved, etc.)

Digital Public Library of America wins Knight News Challenge award, receives $300,000 to develop simplified rights structure for digital materials alongside international partners
June 23, 2014

Digital Public Library of America wins Knight News Challenge award, receives $300,000 to develop simplified rights structure for digital materials alongside international partners

“Getting it Right on Rights” will create a coherent rights structure and best practices for institutions to safely make more content available to the public

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) announced today that it has received $300,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of its Knight News Challenge, an open contest seeking ideas that strengthen the Internet for free expression and innovation.

Digital Public Library of America receives $81,000 from the Whiting Foundation to research educational uses of its growing collection
June 19, 2014

Digital Public Library of America receives $81,000 from the Whiting Foundation to research educational uses of its growing collection

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is pleased to announce that it has received an $81,000 grant from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation to explore educational possibilities for its growing collection. The grant will allow DPLA to convene in-person meetings for educators from a wide variety of institutions, including K-12, community colleges, and research universities, this fall in Boston.

Promoting Interoperability: Working on Rights
March 3, 2014

Promoting Interoperability: Working on Rights

This is part a series of behind-the-scenes posts from DPLA staffers. We hope that these posts will give you additional insight into what we’re working on, how we work, and progress toward our goals.

Recently, DPLA teamed up with our colleagues and friends at Europeana and Kennisland to promote global interoperability of our metadata, and specifically our Rights Statement fields. In October 2013, Europeana and the DPLA organized a first joint rights management workshop to explore this possibility in Boston.

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