May 22, 2022

Journal Article: “Using DPLA and the Wikimedia Foundation to Increase Usage of Digitized Resources”

The article linked below was published online today by Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL).


Using DPLA and the Wikimedia Foundation to Increase Usage of Digitized Resources


Dominic Byrd-McDevitt
Digital Public Library of America 

John Dewees
Toledo Lucas County Public Library


Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL)
Vol 41 No 1 (2022)
DOI: 10.6017/ital.v41i1.13659


The Digital Public Library of America has created a process by which rights-free or openly licensed resources that have already been harvested can be copied over into Wikimedia Commons, thus creating a simple path for including those digital collections materials into Wikipedia articles. By meeting internet users where they already are, rather than relying on them to navigate to individual digital libraries, the access and usage of digital assets is dramatically increased, in particular to user groups that might otherwise not have a reason to interact with such digitized resources.

Source: 10.6017/ital.v41i1.13659

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18 pages; PDF.

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