Beta Sprint Submissions

We received nearly 40 final submissions to our summer 2011 Beta Sprint, an open call for code and concepts defining how the DPLA should operate. Submissions ranged widely from theoretical concepts to platforms for visual storytelling to metadata processing systems to visualization tools.

We are grateful to those who participated — government agencies, non-profit organizations, academic research teams, librarians, and inspired individuals — for the tremendous creativity and remarkable effort they contributed to this process, and we are pleased to share their submissions here for public comment.

DPLA Software Architecture Notes

DPLA Software Architecture Notes

This project focuses on encouraging the use of open technical standards, protocols and APIs and on having configuration files that carry open content licenses.

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The Library Organization Problem Timeline

The Library Organization Problem Timeline

The project has taken a look behind book and card catalogs, flat-file and relational database records, XML schema, RDF triples, and web ontology languages in order to examine the mathematical, scientific, and the cultural ideas energizing cultural heritage resource description theory and practice.

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VuFind Discovery Layer

VuFind Discovery Layer

VuFind is a flexible discovery interface for exploration and presentation of DPLA content.

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DPLA Vertical Search Demo

DPLA Vertical Search Demo

The DPLA Vertical Search Demo investigates the viability of using web crawler technology to provide a single point of access to distributed collections hosted by digital libraries and other repositories.

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Dying to Tell a Story

Dying to Tell a Story

“Dying To Tell A Story” proposes a digital archival system accessible by a web-based user interface to anyone who wishes to put down a record in either audio or video format of their lives, the lives of others or any event of their choosing.

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icfind

icfind

The icfind project features a tool to find collections of images from public libraries.

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Digital Public LAW Library of America

Digital Public LAW Library of America

This submission suggests there is a pressing need for a digital public law library to provide greater access to the law.

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DPLA Center for Scholarship and Academic Discourse

The proposed DPLA Center for Scholarship and Academic Discourse is a database that would include users who are good at contextualizing sources—teachers, faculty, scientists, engineers, writers, humanists, lawyers, alumni, tutors, businesspeople, entrepreneurs etc.—to encourage research and learning.

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Inclusion of Under-Represented Voices in the Design and Development of the DPLA

This proposal addresses the lack of information access in Southern and Central Appalachia (SCA) rural libraries by using mixed methods to gather feedback from SCA’s rural librarians about their needs, expectations, and practices associated with the conceptualization, design, organization, and delivery of the Digital Public Library of America.

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Library Lab

Library Lab

The Library Lab proposal presents the design concept for a Library Lab, a unique way of creating a footprint for the digital library in the physical world.

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