DPLA Receives $250,000 from Anonymous Donor to Expand Technical Capabilities

By DPLA, October 8, 2015.

The Digital Public Library of America is thrilled to announce that an anonymous donor has committed to provide substantial support towards DPLA’s mission in the form of a $250,000 grant to strengthen DPLA’s technical capabilities. This grant will allow DPLA to expand its technology team to handle additional content ingestion and to implement important new features based around its platform and website.

Today’s grant represents the third investment in DPLA’s mission by this anonymous donor. In 2013 they contributed to the rapid scaling-up of DPLA’s Hub network, and in 2015 they provided support for DPLAfest 2015 in Indianapolis.

“It’s wonderful to have this incredible, ongoing support from someone who concurs with the Digital Public Library of America about the importance of democratizing access to our shared cultural heritage,” said Dan Cohen, DPLA’s Executive Director. “Increasing our technical capacity in this way will advance that mission immediately and substantially.”

The Digital Public Library of America strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. Since launching in April 2013, it has aggregated more than 11 million items from 1,600 institutions. The DPLA is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit.