Name: Gregory Crane
Affiliation: Perseus Digital Library, Tufts University
Partner(s): http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/, http://ciir.cs.umass.edu/research/massivedata/, http://www.alpheios.net/
The project sees the DPLA’s main purpose as supporting existing—and fostering new—communities that advance the intellectual life of society as a whole. It focuses primarily on how a Digital Public Library of America can provide a space in which 10,000 public libraries, 100,000 K-12 libraries, and 3,000 academic libraries can interact in real time, contributing to the DPLA while simultaneously better serving their traditional constituents.
The project proposes as a prototype phase the creation of a qualitatively new space that makes the contribution of a Digital Public Library of America a tangible, extensible reality. Focusing on maximizing accessibility, the project hopes to create dynamic connections between the cues for curiosity that we encounter in our daily lives—movies and television series, popular histories and detective novels, the local museums and monuments—and the millions of digitized sources, already freely available.