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Starting on the platform for the Digital Public Library of America

For the past 1.5 years or so, I’ve been co-director, along with Kim Dulin, of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab. Among the projects we’ve been working on is LibraryCloud, a multi library metadata server. (You can see it at work, running underneath ShelfLife, another of our projects, here.) Today the Digital Public Library of America announced that initial (and interim) development work on the DPLA platform will be done by the LibraryCloud team — Paul Deschner and Matthew Phillips — plus our Berkman friends, Daniel Collis-Puro and Sebastian Diaz. I’m the team leader, or whatever you call the person who knows the least. We’ll do this as openly as possible, relying upon the community to help at every phase, but this will be our core work during the first phase of the platform’s development, leading up to an April 26 DPLA Steering Committee meeting.

The DPLA platform will enable developers to write applications using the metadata (primarily about content hosted elsewhere) the DPLA will be aggregating.

We’re excited. Thrilled, actually.

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5 Responses to “Starting on the platform for the Digital Public Library of America”

  1. $14.29 for the Kindle version of your new book? You got to be kidding. Wait six months and get a remaindered copy of the paper version for $.01.

  2. Well, perhaps a more gracious comment on this piece of your blog, even if I am your brother- CONGRATULATIONS!!!! to your team and you.

    And by the way, my bookstore called and said my (full price, hard cover) copy of Too Big To Know… is in and I will happily pick it up and pay for it shortly.

  3. How marvelous
    Congratulations to all!

  4. This discussion does not seem as related to the post :-)

    But as it was started (quite unpleasently, or I should hope – jokingly) by Sara’s mention of Kindle version’s price – I should tell that it is available now on in perfect rendering by Peter Johnson. Unless you have subscription (as I do), it costs even more (20$). The money spent good – I guarantee !!!!

  5. I know that it doesn’t help, and in fact may just make it worse, but I too am unhappy at the pricing of the Kindle version. There are some great things about going the traditional publishing route, including the wonderful people you get to work with (Tim, Caitlin, Sarah, you know who I mean :) and getting an advance, and then there are some really sucky things. I am responsible for having chosen that route.

    I didn’t know the Audible copy was available already. Thanks for the info, Mirek.

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