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Let’s Keep the Momentum Going
April 17, 2014

Let’s Keep the Momentum Going

It’s hard to believe that a year has already gone by since our launch last April. It’s been a whirlwind here in the Boston headquarters of DPLA, and across DPLA’s ever-expanding national network of libraries, archives, museums, and cultural heritage sites. The surging numbers in our collection—6.7 million items from over 1300 contributing institutions, up from 2.4 million and 500 a year ago—attest to the tremendous momentum we’ve achieved.

On the Right to Link
April 4, 2014

On the Right to Link

The U.S. Copyright Office has asked for comments on a proposed new right for copyright holders, the “making available” right, which would restrict the ability to link to content the open web. With the help of DPLA Legal Committee member Dave Hansen, Dan Cohen filed a response.

A Trip to the Nantucket Historical Association
April 2, 2014

A Trip to the Nantucket Historical Association

This is part of 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.

Last month I had the pleasure of traveling to the Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) in Nantucket, Massachusetts for an archival site visit with the good folks from the Boston Public Library’s (BPL) digital services department and the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center. We were there to meet with NHA staff and survey the 120 year-old island historical association’s collection of historical maps…

Getting it Right on Rights: Simplifying, Harmonizing, and Maximizing the Openness of Rights in Digital Libraries around the World
March 18, 2014

Getting it Right on Rights: Simplifying, Harmonizing, and Maximizing the Openness of Rights in Digital Libraries around the World

DPLA recently submitted an entry to the Knight Foundation's News Challenge, which asks entrants to answer the question: how can we strengthen the Internet for free expression and innovation?

Read about DPLA’s entry to the Knight Foundation’s News Challenge, “Getting it Right on Rights: Simplifying, Harmonizing, and Maximizing the Openness of Rights in Digital Libraries around the World.”

10 awesome videos from DPLA’s collections
March 14, 2014

10 awesome videos from DPLA’s collections

While most DPLA users are familiar with the millions of images and texts in our collections, most may not be aware that we also have a growing assortment of some 15,000+ video records. These videos cover a tremendous range of subjects, from WWII-era public service documentaries to contemporary interviews with well-known musicians.

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.

A Helping Hand: Free Software and the DPLA
February 24, 2014

A Helping Hand: Free Software and the DPLA

DPLA is committed to making cultural heritage materials held in America’s libraries, archives, and museums freely available to all, and we provide maximally open data to encourage transformative uses of those materials by developers. In addition, DPLA is also proud to distribute the software we produce to support our mission to the wider community. In this post, Director for Technology Mark Matienzo details DPLA’s engagement with free and open source software.

Partnering with Public Libraries
February 14, 2014

Partnering with Public Libraries

With generous funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the DPLA is working on the Public Library Partnerships Project, in collaboration with Service Hubs and their local public libraries, that offers digital skills training to public librarians. Project manager Franky Abbott gives an update on current project work and future goals.

And we’re off! DPLA Tumblr up and running
February 11, 2014

And we’re off! DPLA Tumblr up and running

As our current users know, the depth of the riches in the DPLA sees no bounds. So, today we’re launching http://digitalpubliclibraryofamerica.tumblr.com/ to bring these riches to new audiences on tumblr.

Planning for Serendipity
February 7, 2014

Planning for Serendipity

At DPLA, we’ve been thinking a lot about what’s involved with serendipitous discovery. Since we started from scratch and didn’t need to create a standard online library catalog experience, we were free to experiment and provide novel ways into our collection of over five million items. How to arrange a collection of that scale so that different users can bump into items of unexpected interest to them?

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