DPLA in the Media: July 29, 2011

Gregory Crane explains the University of Massachusetts, Amherst/Tufts University, Perseus Digital Library Beta Sprint project.
“We’re really looking at one aspect of the DPLA, and that is the ability or the goal to support learning from childhood throughout…the DPLA should allow citizens to explore any subject they wish and at any depth that they wish–from the most casual curiosity stirred up by a TV show or a movie or a museum they may have visited up through a life long avocation–and the DPLA in our view is designed to enhance the value, and the contributions that libraries are able to exert. We see the distinction between 3,200 academic libraries, 12,000 public libraries and 100,000 school libraries that we have in the United States as being problematic, and we want to connect everything.”
From Gregory Crane’s video, “DPLA Beta Sprint Project”

David Weinberger discusses LibraryCloud and ShelfLife.
“The ShelfLife collaborative consists of fourteen partners who are working on a two-part DPLA sprint proposal.  The first part is LibraryCloud, a metadata server that is currently ingesting bibliographic records, circulation data, other usage data, tags, user reviews, and anything we can find–all of which it will make available through fully open APIs and as linked open data.  LibraryCloud provides the data for the second part of our proposal, which is ShelfLife.  ShelfLife is a user friendly front-end that makes it very easy for users to find the works that they are interested in.”
From David Weinberger’s video, “Shelf DPLA beta sprint project”

Eric Lease Morgan advocates for libraries to shift their focus.
“This proposal describes, illustrates, and demonstrates how the core functionality of the library can move away from find & get and towards use & understand.”
From Eric Lease Morgan’s video, “Digital Pubic Library of America – My Beta-Sprint Proposal”

MINT demonstrates their Metadata Interoperability Platform.
“MINT is a web-based open-source platform enabling the aggregation of rich and divergent cultural heritage metadata.  It has been developed in the framework of European projects with the aim of aggregating material to Europeana.”
From MINT’s video, “DPLA-Beta Sprint Demo”

DLF/DCC outlines their Beta Sprint proposal.
“Our sprint is made up of two streams of work, which we hope together will tell a compelling story about what a DPLA could be.  The first is aiming to produce a functional prototype aggregation based on the existing IMLS digital collections and content aggregation that we hope will demonstrate our rich and diverse base of content, technical processes, and development principles for a future DPLA.  And the second stream of work aims to produce a supplementary research report that will describe and review existing large digital aggregations and how they might fit into this picture.”
From the DLF/DCC video, “DLF/DCC Beta Sprint Project”

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