Press: How the Digital Public Library of America hopes to build a real public commons

Posted by DPLA in April 4, 2013.

“Long-awaited network will open access to museum and library collections nationwide”

“The Digital Public Library of America is a beautiful idea. Take the physical-to-digital ambition of Google Books and wed it to the civic spirit of the US public library system, providing a centralized portal to a decentralized network of digital media from libraries, museums, universities, archives, and other local, regional, and national collections. Framed in this way, it all seems so logical, so proper, so clear — everything the internet as a public commons promised to be. Surely the messy reality of copyright law, limited local budgets, or the cat-herding that goes into any grand alliance of independent institutions was bound to foul it up somewhere.”

Excerpt from Tim Carmody’s article for The Verge, How the Digital Public Library of America hopes to build a real public commons