Names: Rachel Frick, Carole Palmer, Tim Cole
Affiliation: CLIR: Digital Library Federation
Partners: University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign, School of Information, Science and Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship
URL: http://prezi.com/oz4gmoaxa5v0/dlfdcc-dpl…, Live prototype: http://dpla.grainger.illinois.edu/
The CLIR-DLF / IMLS DCC Beta Sprint project extends the preexisting Digital Content and Collections Registry as a domestic foundation for curated content, principles, and processes for a DPLA prototype. It serves as a search tool for the DCC’s collection of cultural and scientific heritage resources, presenting unique ways of organizing and presenting materials and metadata.
The project has 1 million+ digital items from over 1,400 cultural heritage collections and has expanded from the DCC to accommodate some of the target content identified in the DPLA content workstream, including the Library of Congress’s American Memory project, and the collections of several state libraries. The site also provides simultaneous supplementary metasearch across millions of books in Hathi Trust, Jstor and Google books that can help contextualize the primary source materials. The basic mode of aggregation is the same: metadata is centralized and indexed, providing integrated access to descriptions and thumbnails that link back to the digital object at the host institution. The project emphasizes shareable metadata and addresses questions of how to keep the nuances of rich, local metadata—which provide invaluable organizational and intellectual context—while enabling searchable access to vast amounts of content.