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October 3, 2011 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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DPLA 'Beta Sprint' Review Panel Announces Results

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Steering Committee invited the creators of nine promising projects for the DPLA Beta Sprint, an open call for code and concepts defining how the DPLA might operate, to present at the public plenary meeting taking place on Oct. 21, 2011 in Washington, D.C.
  • Digital Collaboration for America’s National Collections
    The Digital Collaboration demonstrates the ability of three disparate, major national institutions to work together through one unified search tool. Submitted by the National Archives, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Institution.
  • DLF/DCC: DPLA Beta Sprint
    The DLF/DCC Beta Sprint project 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. Submitted by CLIR: Digital Library Federation and the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign, School of Information, Science and Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship.
  • extraMUROS
    extraMUROS proposes to shape the Digital Public Library of America into a multimedia-library-without-walls through an open source, HTML5 platform. Submitted by metaLAB (at) Harvard, the Harvard Library Lab, and Media And Place (MAP) Productions.
  • Government Publications: Enhanced Access and Discovery through Open Linked Data and Crowdsourcing
    The Committee on Institutional Cooperation (or CIC) has been leading a coordinated effort to digitize government documents. The project continues with an approximate target of digitizing a total of 1+ million print documents. Submitted by the University of Minnesota, the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, and HathiTrust.
  • Metadata Interoperability Services
    Metadata Interoperability Services (MINT) is a web-based platform that enables the aggregation of rich and diverse cultural heritage content and metadata. Submitted by MINT at the National Technical University of Athens.
  • ShelfLife and LibraryCloud
    ShelfLife is intended to provide users with a rich environment for exploring the combined content of the DPLA, discovering new works, and engaging more deeply with them via social interactions. LibraryCloud is the backend metadata server that supports ShelfLife. Submitted by the Harvard Library Innovation Lab and multiple partners.

The six selected projects were invited based on recommendations made by an independent review panel composed of public and research librarians and experts in the fields of library science and information management. The panel met in Cambridge, Mass. on Sept. 18, 2011 to discuss the 38 final Beta Sprint submissions.

The Steering Committee has also invited the creators of three projects—Bookworm, DPLA Collection Achievements & Profiles System, and WikiCite—A Universal Citation Platform—to participate in a “lightning round” of presentations at the plenary, featuring submissions that may serve as useful additions to the DPLA’s initial technical foundation.

Each project was evaluated independently according to criteria adapted from the review criteria for the National Endowment for the Humanities' Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants program. More information about the review process and results is available at

Source: Digital Public Library of America

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