Launched in 2013, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is flourishing as a discovery portal, bringing together diverse library collections (currently nearly 8.5 million items from over 1,300 contributing institutions) and significantly enhancing access to America’s cultural heritage. Thanks to its open and robust infrastructure, DPLA also serves as a platform for engaging with these aggregated collections via their associated metadata. As a result, while DPLA is still growing and developing, digital humanities scholars will already find it valuable not only for content search and retrieval but also as an inspiration and testbed for new applications of emerging visualization, contextualization, and other data analysis techniques. This short presentation by a DPLA Community Rep will introduce DPLA as an organization, discussing its mission, status, and future plans. A brief demonstration will highlight DPLA’s current user interface as well as third party applications that leverage DPLA’s excellent API. Finally, examples of DPLA-based digital humanities projects and resources will be shared, with an eye towards fostering teaching, learning, and research related to Pennsylvania history.
- digital collections,
- digital humanities,
- pennsylvania digital collections project
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kristenyt/54/