National Digital Public Library is Now Live!

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“The online library is a massive, years-long effort to digitize and connect the collections of libraries, archives and museums across the U.S. Its mission is to unlock a rich trove of historical and cultural data—including documents, photographs, artwork, maps and audio—digitized, archived and easily searchable thanks to rich metadata.”

The DPLA went live on Thursday April 18. The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is a project aimed at bringing about a large-scale public digital library. It was launched by Harvard University‘s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. The goal of DPLA is to unify collections from the  Library of Congress, the Internet Archive, various academic collections,catalog will come.

John Palfrey, co-director of the Berkman Center, stated in 2011: “We aspire to establish a system whereby all Americans can gain access to information and knowledge in digital formats in a manner that is ‘free to all.’ It is by no means a plan to replace libraries, but rather to create a common resource for libraries and patrons of all types.”

DPLA aims to, “provide an alternative to Google for those looking for American cultural information online. Visitors will be able to view, for example, letters penned by George Washington, a copy of the Declaration of Independence in the handwriting of Thomas Jefferson, and ambrotype and daguerreotype images of Abraham Lincoln.”

“The Digital Public Library of America site dp.la will launch April 18 with more than two million objects — including digital renderings of photos, books, manuscripts and other items from places such as the Smithsonian Institution, along with museums, libraries and historical institutions around the country.”

“The online library is a massive, years-long effort to digitize and connect the collections of libraries, archives and museums across the U.S. Its mission is to unlock a rich trove of historical and cultural data—including documents, photographs, artwork, maps and audio—digitized, archived and easily searchable thanks to rich metadata.”

The Digital Public Library of America is comingAn excerpt from Alan Dalenberg’s article for Upstart Business Journal.

US digital library brings culture, history onlineAn excerpt from The Economic Times.

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