Past Events

Summer 2011 Beta Sprint

Seeking innovations from individuals, libraries, organizations, and others that could play a part in the building of a digital public library.

Past Events  /  Beta Sprint

In May 2011, the Digital Public Library of America Steering Committee announced a Beta Sprint to seek ideas and models that demonstrated how the DPLA might index and provide access to a wide range of broadly distributed content. In September 2011, an independent review panel appointed by the DPLA Steering Committee reviewed the betas. Based on the panel’s recommendations, the Steering Committee invited creators of the nine betas to present their ideas during the first plenary meeting, in October 2011. These betas were:

Three additional betas were also invited to present:

A full list of final Beta Sprint submissions, including interactive demos, is available at Beta Sprint Submissions.


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Interview with Carole Palmer of the CLIR-DLF / IMLS DCC Beta Sprint
October 20, 2011

Interview with Carole Palmer of the CLIR-DLF / IMLS DCC Beta Sprint

In advance of this week’s plenary meeting, I spoke with Carole Palmer over Skype about her team’s Beta Sprint submission, CLIR-DLF / IMLS DCC Beta Sprint.

Interview with David Weinberger of ShelfLife & LibraryCloud
October 19, 2011

Interview with David Weinberger of ShelfLife & LibraryCloud

David Weinberger of the ShelfLife and LibraryCloud collaborative speaks with DPLA RA Benjamin Naddaff-Hafrey about his team’s project.

Interview with Martin Kalfatovic of Digital Collaboration for America’s National Collections
October 19, 2011

Interview with Martin Kalfatovic of Digital Collaboration for America’s National Collections

Martin Kalfatovic speaks about the Digital Collaboration for America’s National Collections Beta Sprint submission.

Interview with Tito Sierra and Jason Ronallo of the DPLA Collection Achievements and Profiles System
October 19, 2011

Interview with Tito Sierra and Jason Ronallo of the DPLA Collection Achievements and Profiles System

DPLA RA Benjamin Naddaff-Hafrey interviews Jason Ronallo and Tito Sierra about their featured Beta Sprint submission.

Interview with Vassilis Tzouvaras of Metadata Interoperability Services (MINT)
October 17, 2011

Interview with Vassilis Tzouvaras of Metadata Interoperability Services (MINT)

In this interview, Vassilis Tzouvaras discusses Metadata Interoperability Services (MINT), a web-based platform that enables the aggregation of rich and diverse cultural heritage content and metadata.

Interview with CIC’s John Butler, Beta Sprint participant
October 16, 2011

Interview with CIC’s John Butler, Beta Sprint participant

Kenny Whitebloom interviews Beta Sprint participant John Butler about government publications and linked data.

John Butler talks about his team’s Beta Sprint project, Government Publications: Enhanced Access and Discovery through Open Linked Data and Crowdsourcing

Interview with Ben Schmidt and Martin Camacho of Bookworm
October 14, 2011

Interview with Ben Schmidt and Martin Camacho of Bookworm

DPLA RA Kenny Whitebloom interviews the creators of Bookworm

Ben Schmidt and Martin Camacho from the Cultural Observatory at Harvard University sat down with me earlier this week to speak about their Beta Sprint project, Bookworm.

Interview with Jeffrey Schnapp of extraMUROS
October 13, 2011

Interview with Jeffrey Schnapp of extraMUROS

extraMUROS aims to make the DPLA a user-centered multimedia library without walls

Jeffrey Schnapp, faculty director of the metaLAB (at) Harvard, discusses extraMUROS, one of nine Beta Sprint projects selected for presentation at the October 21 plenary meeting.

Beta Sprint Review Panel Announces Results
September 29, 2011

Beta Sprint Review Panel Announces Results

Nine promising projects invited to present at the DPLA plenary meeting in Washington, DC

The Beta Sprint Review Panel met on September 19, 2011; nine projects were invited to present at the DPLA plenary meeting on October 21, 2011 in Washington, DC.

September 12, 2011

Beta Sprint Sneak Peek

The Beta Sprinters are a diverse group of non-profits, media organizations, academic and public librarians, students, government agencies, and interested individuals throughout the United States (along with a few participants from even further afield).

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