DPLA Press Roundup: September 27, 2013

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Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, September 24, 2013

“The beauty of a footnote in a book or an article is finding that getting to the original source only requires a trip to the library. But as more and more literature lives — and is born — online, there’s a growing problem. Big enough that some of the most prestigious institutions in the country are banding together to try and fix it.”

Listen to the Marketplace Tech Segment from September 24, 2013 in which Jonathan Zittrain mentions the DPLA.

American history at your fingertips

“History became easier for the nation and the world to access, thanks to the recent launch of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). The DPLA is a groundbreaking project that, for the first time, will make many of America’s significant digital collections searchable and accessible to the public from a single site. It will aggregate millions of digital artifacts from local archives, libraries, museums, and cultural heritage institutions across America and deliver them to students, teachers, scholars, and the public via a powerful search interface. The University of Minnesota played a key role in the statewide collaboration to assist in the launch of the massive online library, providing the expertise to digitize many of the materials and make them searchable.”

From the University of Minnesota’s post on UMNews, American history at your fingertips

America’s Digital Public Library: One-Stop Research Shop

“Many in the digital research and reading world have been watching the launch of DPLA, the Digital Public Library of America. This budding idea began at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Its founders envisioned the large-scale online library to use various digitized collections, and to bridge the gap between academic and public libraries. With a recent nod from NPR’s All Tech Considered, it seems that DPLA has had success drawing in new visitors, a trend it hopes will continue to attract more and more users in the future. This one-stop shop for historical documents, books, and collected materials is not only exciting for those in the field of genealogy and research. Its digitized collections will connect readers to an abundance of free titles from across the nation.”

From Alexandra Heidler’s post on the Syracuse University School of Information Studies’ Information Space blog, America’s Digital Public Library: One-Stop Research Shop

Best Sites for Primary Documents in US History

“The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. Search the collection by exhibition, place, date and a growing number of 2nd party plug in apps. The DPLA offers a single point of access to millions of items—photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more—from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States. Users can browse and search the DPLA’s collections by timeline, map, format, and topic; save items to customized lists; and share their lists with others. Users can also explore digital exhibitions curated by the DPLA’s content partners and staff.”

From Peter Pappas’ post on Copy/Paste, Best Sites for Primary Documents in US History