DPLA Press Roundup: May 3, 2013

Posted by Vicky Zeamer in May 3, 2013.

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Oh the Places You’ll Go: 38,000 Historical Maps to Explore at New Online Library

“More than three decades ago, David Rumsey began building a map collection. By the mid-90s he had thousands and thousands of maps to call his own — and his alone. He wanted to share them with the public.”

“He could have donated them to the Library of Congress, but Rumsey had even bigger ideas: the Internet. “With (some) institutions, the access you can get is not nearly as much as the Internet might provide,” Rumsey told Wired more than a decade ago. “I realized I could reach a much larger audience with the Internet.””

From Rebecca Rosen’s article for The Atlantic, Oh the Places You’ll Go: 38,000 Historical Maps to Explore at New Online Library

Groundbreaking Online Library Intrigues Educators

“Molinaro believes the DPLA will improve education by allowing librarians to do things like geotagging maps so people can see what was written in a place, the newspapers it had, and whether there were oral histories taken of people in an area. “Those are the kinds of things [you’ll get] as you look at collections across the country, with open data coming together in a way will be magical,” Molinaro said.”

From Michael Fitzgerald’s article for Information Week, Groundbreaking Online Library Intrigues Educators

Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) opens to public

“Gold paint glowing, there’s an illuminated manuscript page from The Book of Hours, dated 1514. A gruelling photograph of the standoff between strikers and militia at the Bread and Roses strike of 1912 in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Black men marching, protesting against segregation in downtown Atlanta in 1960. Extraordinary accounts of the lives of Native Americans during the 19th century. The Digital Public Library of America has just launched, gathering together more than 2m items – books, photographs, manuscripts, art – from the country’slibraries, archives and museums, and making them available to the public online for free. It’s as if, a member of its steering committee said as the library opened its virtual doors late in April, “the ancient library of Alexandria had met the modern world wide web and digitised America for the benefit of all”.”

From Alison Flood’s article for The Guardian, Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) opens to public

See also on The Guardian, American history reaches the digital era – in pictures

Welcome, Digital Public Library of America

“Say hello to a great new American institution. Built on a vision that began in the 1990s, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has launched, with free online access to millions of books, photographs, manuscripts, sounds, moving images and other assets from various American libraries, archives and museums. The DPLA provides a portal and a search engine for education, as well as a platform and API to create novel learning environments.”

From Barry Levine’s post for CMS Wire, DAM Lowdown: Razuna Updates, Daminion v1.0 RC1, America’s Digital Public Library

Digital Public Library of America: A Great idea becomes a reality

“The “Digital Public Library of America” has been recently launched, offering the public over 2 million pieces of historical items ranging from books to manuscripts to photographs and other artwork. The items have been collected from various libraries in the country, museums and archives included, for public consumption. It took all of two years for the DPLA to work on its initiative that has been funded with several millions to be able to digitize and present all of these collections online.”

From Bernadine Racoma’s article for Day News, Digital Public Library of America: A Great idea becomes a reality