Launch Time! The Digital Public Library of America Discovery Prototype is Now Live
infoDOCKET would like to congratulate the entire DPLA team on the launch of today’s prototype.
We’re excited to take a look around.
Remember, today’s launch is a prototype/beta.
In other words, there is a lot more work to be done in all areas including technology, content, and maketing/promotion.
Make sure to share with DPLA what you like, don’t like, and what else you would like to see.
Direct Links to Various Areas of DPLA Prototype
In addition to keyword search, a number of options are available to browse material.
- Browse Items by Subject (A-Z List or by Number of Results)
Fast Fact: The subject heading associated to the most items as of today is: Death–Proof and certification–Utah
- Browse Items by Providers
Fast Fact: At launch the Top 3 providers of material (by number of results) to the DPLA are:
- Mountain West Digital Library 600286 results
- National Archives and Records Administration 499598 results
- Smithsonian Institution 490704 results
- Collection of Apps and Tools Created by External Developers Using DPLA’s Open Data
The first two apps in the collection look both promising and potentially very useful.
- From Jesús Domínguez: Search DPLA and Europeana Simultaneously
- From metaLAB at Harvard: Library Observatory
Special Curated Exhibitions Accessible via DPLA
Direct to DPLA Prototype Homepage
See Also: Harvard Library Innovation Lab Launches StackLife, A Unique Way to Browse, Read Digital Public Library of America Books
Comments and Reaction
- Welcome From ALA President, Maureen Sullivan
What’s your first impression of the DPLA?
We’re looking to hear from librarians and users out there about their first impressions—how does the DPLA portal unveiled today strike you?
We’d love to get your take to incorporate into our coverage of the portal launch.
Either let us know in the comments what you think of the DPLA portal, or feel free to email LJ’s Technology Editor, Matt Enis, at email@example.com.
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About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.