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Digital Public Library of America

From 2010-2013, the Berkman Center convened a large and diverse group of stakeholders to define the scope, architecture, costs and administration for a proposed Digital Public Library of America. This initiative was launched in December 2010 with generous support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and concluded in April 2013 with the launch of the DPLA.

Planning activities were guided by a Steering Committee of library and foundation leaders, which announced a full slate of activities in early 2011. The Committee brought together representatives from the educational community, public and research libraries, cultural organizations, state and local government, publishers, authors, and private industry in a series of meetings and workshops to examine strategies for improving public access to comprehensive online resources.

This project was supported in part by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Arcadia Fund. 


Our Work 07

Feb 2, 2018 @ 3:00 PM

Past, Present, and Future of the Digital Public Library of America

featuring John Bracken, newly appointed executive director of the DPLA, and colleagues

Please join DPLA's new executive director John Bracken and colleagues to reflect on the DPLA’s past, present and future and explore the way in which libraries can contribute to a… More

Event
Apr 18, 2013 @ 4:19 PM

[postponed] DPLA Launch

in Boston, MA

On April 18-19, 2013, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) will bring together librarians, technologists, creators, publishers, innovators, students, government leaders,… More

Event
Nov 8, 2012 @ 9:00 AM

DPLA Appfest Hackathon

in Chattanooga, TN

DPLA Appfest is an informal, open call for both ideas and functional examples of creative and engaging ways to use the content and metadata in the DPLA back-end platform. The… More

Event
Oct 11, 2012 @ 9:00 AM

DPLA Midwest Conference

in Chicago, IL

DPLA Midwest—taking place on October 11-12, 2012 in Chicago—is the third major public event bringing together librarians, technologists, creators, students, government leaders,… More

Event
Apr 27, 2012 @ 9:00 AM

DPLA West Conference + Webcast

DPLA West—taking place on April 27, 2012 in San Francisco—is the second major public event bringing together librarians, technologists, creators, students, government leaders, and… More

Event
Oct 21, 2011 @ 9:00 AM

Digital Public Library of America Plenary Meeting

The plenary meeting will bring together a wide range of stakeholders in a broad, open forum to present the history of and vision for the DPLA effort, to showcase the best ideas… More

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May 16, 2011 @ 9:00 AM

Global Interoperability and Linked Data Workshop

On May 16-17, 2011, the Berkman Center together with Open Knowledge Commons and the Institute for Information Law at the University of Amsterdam convened a group of technical and… More