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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.

October 12, 2011

Notes from the field: One library science student’s take on the DPLA

A guest post from DPLA Research Assistant Kenny Whitebloom.

A guest post from Research Assistant Kenny Whitebloom. “From my perspective as a library science student, it seems to me that the DPLA has an opportunity to become a catalyst for a large-scale turn in how we as a society choose to organize and contextualize our collective knowledge online…”

October 6, 2011

The Authors Guild sues HathiTrust

On September 12, 2011, the Authors Guild filed suit against HathiTrust for copyright infringement.  This suit is in

October 5, 2011

Public Conference to Showcase Innovative Ideas for the Digital Public Library of America

Digital Public Library of America planning initiative to hold public plenary meeting in Washington, DC on October 21, 2011

The first Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) conference will bring together government leaders, librarians, technologists, makers, students, and others interested in building a national digital library at the National Archives in Washington, DC. Conference participants will share their visions for the DPLA effort and explore multiple points of entry for public participation in the initiative’s work.

Welcome to the new DPLA website!
October 4, 2011

Welcome to the new DPLA website!

Welcome to the new home of the Digital Public Library of America planning initiative! We hope this site will serve as an interactive repository of information, research, and conversations related to the building of a national digital library. Come take a look!

October 4, 2011

DPLA to bring together workstreams, public, and top Beta Sprinters in DC

On October 21, 2011, the DPLA will hold a plenary session at the National Archives in Washington, D.C that will bring together the project’s major players.

Dead Sea Scrolls Online: Biblical Texts Haven’t Been Viewed on This Many Tablets Since 70 A.D.
October 4, 2011

Dead Sea Scrolls Online: Biblical Texts Haven’t Been Viewed on This Many Tablets Since 70 A.D.

To those who wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls, the idea of an infinitely reproducible copy that could be viewed and manipulated on touch screen tablets powered by electricity would probably have been less easily believed than the miracles described within the texts themselves.  Yet, approximately 2,000 years after their creation, and a half century after their discovery, the oldest biblical texts known to man have been digitized and made available online.

September 30, 2011

Amazon and OverDrive launch lending program

Amazon and OverDrive, the most prominent distributor of ebooks to libraries in the United States, will be teaming up to provide access to Amazon’s Kindle book collection for some 11,000 public and school libraries.

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