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Museums and the Web

An annual conference exploring the social, cultural, design, technological, economic, and organizational issues of culture, science and heritage on-line.

Digital Public Library of America: Code, Metadata, Content, Tools and Services, and Community


The DPLA initiative ( is a broad-based, public-private effort to realize the untappedpotential of wide digital access to the information that we have traditionally collected and held inphysical formats in libraries. In its most ambitious future form, the DPLA will make the culturaland scientific record of humanity available, free of charge, to everyone in the United States andthe rest of the world. The project is currently engaged in a planning phase that will help defineneeds and specifications in several key areas: code, metadata, content, tools and services, andcommunity. Its work is guided by a Secretariat and Steering Committee, but most of the planningwill take place in the project’s workstreams, which are open to any interested member of thecommunity.
Our project introduction will briefly summarize the current activities of the DPLA and providean opportunity for comment and participation by members of the museum community. We’reespecially interested in hearing your ideas about how and why museums and their visitors mightbenefit from the work of the DPLA.


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Susan Chun is a researcher and consultant to cultural heritage organizations specializing in publishing; intellectual property policy and open content initiatives; information management; visualization; advanced search strategies; and multilingual content development and management. She leads...
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I am the Director of the Digital Library Federation Program at the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR/DLF). Previous to my work at CLIR, I served the National Leadership Grants Program for Libraries as senior program officer at the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS)....