April 8, 2013

The Digital Public Library of America to Launch April 18, 2013

The Digital Public Library of America to Launch April 18, 2013
The Digital Public Library of America  takes 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.

The DPLA  will hold a launch event on April 18 at the Boston Public Library.

Unlike Google Books, the DPLA doesn’t hoover up institutions’ documents to be stored on its own servers. Its primary goal is to support coordinate scanning efforts by each of its partner institutions, and to act as a central search engine and metadata repository. Most of these libraries and museums have been slowly scanning and cataloguing their collections for years; the DPLA helps make those materials aggregatable and interoperable. At least initially, it’s not nearly as focused on printed books as Google has been, but rather gathers an eclectic mix of texts, photos, data, and art, especially rare documents. It also provides a sophisticated frontend portal for discovery and research.

Continue reading about this exciting project at the DPLA website

1 comment:

Mariann Regan said...

This sounds really exciting. I wonder how many libraries are participating. A definite advance and convenience -- travel to local libraries through cyberspace. : ))