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Final whitepapers for establishing international and interoperable rights statements released
October 6, 2015

Final whitepapers for establishing international and interoperable rights statements released

Over the past fifteen months, representatives from the Europeana and DPLA networks, in partnership with Creative Commons, have been developing a collaborative approach to internationally interoperable rights statements that can be used to communicate the copyright status of cultural objects published via the DPLA and Europeana platforms.

Humanities for All of Us: The NEH at 50
September 29, 2015

Humanities for All of Us: The NEH at 50

Sunday night there wasn’t a cloud in the sky in Boston, and so we were fortunate to get a clear view of the rare supermoon eclipse. I took a telescope out to the backyard with my kids and we worked to line up the equipment, and then we chatted about astronomy, optics, and physics, umbras and penumbras. A moment of science? Yes, but ultimately much more.

DPLA Archival Description Working Group
September 4, 2015

DPLA Archival Description Working Group

At DPLA, our metadata application profile and access platform have been centered on an item-centric library model for description: one metadata record for each individual digital object. While this method works well for most of the items in DPLA, it doesn’t translate to the way many archives are creating records for their digital objects. Instead, these institutions are applying an aggregate description to their objects. Since DPLA works with organizations that use both the item-level and aggregation-based description practices, we need a way to support both. The Archival Description Working Group will help us get there.

The March on Washington: Hear the Call
August 27, 2015

The March on Washington: Hear the Call

Fifty-two years ago this week, more than 200,000 Americans came together in the nation’s capitol to rally in

Unexpected: Animals do the most amazing things
August 19, 2015

Unexpected: Animals do the most amazing things

We’ve always had a strange relationship with animals. Some are beloved family members, we farm, hunt, and fish others, and we are awestruck by some for their natural beauty and power. Whatever we think of them, we love to photograph them. And, that’s been the case since the camera started to capture their likenesses in the 19th Century.

Summer of Space Exploration
August 5, 2015

Summer of Space Exploration

This summer has been one full of space exploration. NASA’s New Horizons mission brought us new discoveries and breathtaking images of Pluto. July and August also marked a host of scientific milestones, marking man’s first walk on the moon, among other breakthroughs that helped pave the way for New Horizons. You can explore some of the milestones of American space exploration in the DPLA collections.

Seeking Balance in Copyright and Access
July 30, 2015

Seeking Balance in Copyright and Access

The most important word in discussions around copyright in the United States is balance. Although there are many, often strong disagreements between copyright holders and those who wish to provide greater access to our cultural heritage, few dispute that the goal is to balance the interests of the public with those of writers, artists, and other creators.

Unexpected: Hit the Road
July 16, 2015

Unexpected: Hit the Road

Americans across the decades have been drawn to the allure of the open road. It’s become a cultural touchstone, a theme in our music, our novels, our history, of getting behind the wheel and seeing the country. Here are some historic images and driving tips from the DPLA collection to inspire your next road trip.

Look up in the sky! It’s an Air Force UFO!
July 10, 2015

Look up in the sky! It’s an Air Force UFO!

This week in 1947, front page headlines reported a crash on a ranch outside of Roswell, New Mexico.

Preserving the Star-Spangled Banner
July 3, 2015

Preserving the Star-Spangled Banner

The tune of the “Star-Spangled Banner” is one that will be played at picnics, fireworks displays, and other

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