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Challenges Tackled and Opportunities Ahead: An Update from the DPLA Tech Team

Director of Technology Michael Della Bitta provides an update on the work of the DPLA Tech Team over the past year and provides a preview of priorities ahead over the coming year.

DPLA Updates Metadata Application Profile to Version 5.0

Last month DPLA released an update to our Metadata Application Profile (MAP), bringing us up to version 5.0. DPLA Data Services Coordinator Gretchen Gueguen explains the new features in MAP 5.0 and how they will impact our website, services, and partners.

Hydra-In-A-Box Project Accomplishments and What’s Next

Hydra-in-a-Box project partners Stanford University, DuraSpace, and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) announce next steps following the completion of IMLS-funded project to develop Hyku, a scalable, performant, and multi-tenant digital content repository solution within the Samvera (previously known as Hydra) framework.

DPLA Launches Open-Source Spark OAI Harvester

The DPLA is launching an open-source tool for fast, large-scale data harvests from OAI repositories. The tool uses a Spark distributed processing engine to speed up and scale up the harvesting operation, and to perform complex analysis of the harvested data. It is helping us improve our internal workflows and provide better service to our hubs. The Spark OAI Harvester is freely available and we hope that others working with interoperable cultural heritage or science data will find uses for it in their own projects.

Archival Description Working Group Releases Whitepaper

In 2015, DPLA announced the formation of the Archival Description Working Group to find ways to accommodate this diversity in descriptive practice within our data. Today that group is releasing its whitepaper, “Aggregating and Representing Collections in the Digital Public Library of America.”

Building a stronger user experience with our community’s help

Following several studies about the use and usability of the DPLA website, we’ve just completed a set of small but significant changes. We believe these changes will create a more pleasant, intuitive experience on our website, connecting people more easily with the cultural heritage materials our partners provide.

How We Work: The DPLA Technology Team Core Values

The guiding principles for our work are best understood through the core values that inform how we work together within our team, as well as with our colleagues at DPLA and across the network of our stakeholders and collaborators.

Open, Free, and Secure to All: DPLA Launches Full Support for HTTPS

DPLA is pleased to announce that the entirety of our website, including our portal, exhibitions, Primary Source Sets, and our API, are now accessible using HTTPS by default. DPLA takes user privacy seriously, and the infrastructural changes that we have made to support HTTPS allows us to extend this dedication further and become signatories of the Library Digital Privacy Pledge of 2015-2016, developed by our colleagues at the Library Freedom Project.

DPLA and the International Image Interoperability Framework

DPLA, along with representatives of a number of institutions, is presenting at Access to the World’s Images, a series of events related to the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) in New York City. The events will showcase how institutions are leveraging IIIF to reduce total cost and time to deploy image delivery solutions, while simultaneously improving end user experience with a new host of rich and dynamic features, and promote collaboration within the IIIF community through facilitated conversations and working group meetings.

DPLA staff attend LDCX at Stanford University

Four DPLA staff members recently attended LDCX at Stanford University. The annual conference is a chance for those in the library, archive, and museum (LAM) communities who work with technology to collaborate on solutions to common problems.

DPLA Workshop: Introduction to DPLA’s Application Programming Interface, February 11, 2016, 3:30 PM Eastern

We’re pleased to invite our extended community to attend a free DPLA workshop webinar — An Introduction to DPLA’s Application Programming Interface — taking place on February, 11, 2016 at 3:30PM. This webinar, led by DPLA Technology Specialist Mark Breedlove, will introduce the fundamentals of distributed web application architecture to an uninitiated audience, with a special focus on the DPLA’s Application Programming Interface, or API.

Job Opportunity: Developer (Ingestion and Operations)

The Digital Public Library of America (http://dp.la/) seeks a full-time Developer to support the technical aspects of the organization’s operational needs. This position is directly involved in ensuring that DPLA’s ingestion process of harvesting, mapping, enriching, and indexing metadata we receive from our partners runs smoothly, reliably, and according to schedule. In addition, the position actively supports DevOps at DPLA, particularly in terms of developing and implementing tools and procedures to provision, administer, monitor, and maintain DPLA’s infrastructure and applications.

New DPLA browser search options

Thanks to the excellent work of DPLA Community Rep Shaun Akhtar (thanks, Shaun!), Firefox and Internet Explorer users can make use of a new OpenSearch plugin that will add the DPLA as one of your browser’s known search providers. Firefox users may also install it directly through the Mozilla Add-ons site. This is valuable because it gets you to DPLA content faster and more often.

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

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) 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.

New DPLA Contract Opportunity: Metadata Ingestion Development Contractor

DPLA is seeking a contractor to assist us with development of our metadata ingestion system. The deadline for proposals is August 31. We encourage you to share this posting far and wide!

Interested in shaping “Hydra in a Box”? Take the Survey!

Do you manage digital collections? Are you interested in the future of repository solutions? The Digital Public Library of America, Stanford University, and DuraSpace want to hear from you. Take the Hydra-in-a-Box Survey!

Developing and implementing a technical framework for interoperable rights statements

Within the Technical Working Group of the International Rights Statements Working Group, we have been focusing our efforts on identifying a set of requirements and a technically sound and sustainable plan to implement the rights statements under development. Now that two of the Working Group’s white papers have been released, we realized it was a good time to build on the introductory blog post by our Co-Chairs, Emily Gore and Paul Keller. Accordingly, we hope this post provides a good introduction to our technical white paper, Recommendations for the Technical Infrastructure for Standardized International Rights Statements, and more generally, how our thinking has changed throughout the activities of the working group.

A DPLA of Your Very Own

This guest post was written by Benjamin Armintor, Programmer/Analyst at Columbia University Libraries and a 2015 DPLA + DLF Cross-Pollinator Travel Grant awardee.

DPLA + DLF Cross-Pollinator travel grant awardee shares experiences from DPLAfest 2015

This guest post was written by Laura Wrubel, a 2015 DPLA + DLF Cross-Pollinator Travel Grant awardee. These grants provided active DLF community contributors with funding to participate in DPLAfest 2015 in Indianapolis this past April. In this post, Laura recounts her experiences at the fest.

Far-reaching “Hydra-in-a-Box” Joint Initiative Funded by IMLS

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), Stanford University, and the DuraSpace organization are pleased to announce that their joint initiative has been awarded a $2M National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Nicknamed Hydra-in-a-Box, the project aims foster a new, national, library network through a community-based repository system, enabling discovery, interoperability and reuse of digital resources by people from this country and around the world.

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