The Technical Aspects workstream will make decisions regarding technology to be used in the DPLA and will advise development of the DPLA prototype. This work is well underway: efforts began in May 2011 with a meeting on Linked Open Data, followed by a Beta Sprint seeking public input on potential models, which drew more than 60 statements of interest. In June, technical workshop participants drafted a set of key principles for all DPLA technical development. The workstream will determine best practices for state of the art digitization of a wide range of materials. In cooperation with the Content and Scope workstream, it will identify collections to be digitized and will determine costs of doing so at scale. Questions to address include standards, interfaces, APIs, and other technical aspects of digitized content for public usage; and how to improve digital access to books, including eBooks, and other forms of content. Major issues include how best to create a generative DPLA that will provide for the creation of as-yet-unknown forms of use and access.
On December 9, 2011 the DPLA Secretariat convened a small working meeting to develop a technical spec for the DPLA platform that will be shared with the public for comment.
On June 14, 2011, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, in conjunction with the Open Knowledge Commons and with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, convened a small working group meeting at the Associate Librarian for Library Services Office at the Library of Congress to begin to make recommendations for the overall technical architecture of a DPLA and to converge on a set of key technical principles upon which the DPLA will be built.
On May 16-17, 2011, the Berkman Center together with Open Knowledge Commons and the Institute for Information Law at the University of Amsterdam convened a group of technical and legal experts from public and research libraries and government agencies in the United States and Europe for a workshop focused on key questions regarding global interoperability in digital libraries.