American Culture and History

American Culture and History

Name: Michael Bellacosa
URL: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/19884/bellacosa%20DPLA%20beta%20sprint.pptx, http://dl.dropbox.com/u/19884/bellacosa%20DPLA%20compilation.xlsx

This project aimed to identify the primary, locally sourced cultural/historical digital library project(s) in each state. It presents the findings of the small, initial study in a list of 99 projects and uses the data collected to make suggestions for how a DPLA could leverage the rich cultural heritage collections already in existence.

The study raises issues of compatibility across a variety of platforms, addressing the need for standardized metadata and formats, and a search and retrieval process that can reach through the state-level platforms to underlying content. Next, the submission hopes to compile a census of the projects’ various content management systems, analyze the metadata and schema associated with the content, and compile a census of the variety of file formats in use.

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