Washington, DC, and Urbana-Champaign, IL, October 5, 2011

The Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS) at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, and the Council on Library and Information Resources’ DLF program, will present their submission to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Beta Sprint at the DPLA Plenary meeting, October 21, 2011, in Washington, DC.

The project prototype leverages the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Digital Collections and Content (IMLS DCC) resource and DLF Aquifer content as a core collection for the DPLA. The IMLS DCC, launched in 2003, is an aggregation of digital collections from libraries, museums, and archives, supported by IMLS and developed through a collaboration between CIRSS and the University of Illinois Library.

The DPLA is envisioned as a large-scale digital library that will “make the cultural and scientific heritage of humanity available, free of charge, to all.” In May, the DPLA Steering Committee announced a “Beta Sprint” to solicit models, prototypes, tools, and interfaces that demonstrate how the DPLA might index and provide access to a wide range of broadly distributed content. In September, an independent review panel met to discuss the 38 Beta Sprint submissions and recommend 6 of the most promising projects to present at the October Plenary.

The Plenary Meeting, organized by the DPLA Secretariat at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and hosted by The National Archives, will bring together diverse stakeholders in an open forum to present the vision for the DPLA effort, share the best ideas and models submitted to the Beta Sprint, and engage public participation.

“I am really proud of our beta sprint, as it highlights the investment made by IMLS, the DLF community, and hundreds of libraries, museums, and archives to produce digital collections,” said DLF Director Rachel Frick.

CIRSS Director Carole Palmer said, “The sprint was a great chance to experiment with the national aggregation model we developed in the IMLS DCC project. We extended the collections, made some technical advances, and reconceived the design for the DPLA community, learning a lot along the way.”

CLIR is an independent, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning. DLF, a program of CLIR, serves as a resource and catalyst for collaboration among digital library developers, project managers, and all who are invested in digital library issues.

CIRSS conducts research on information problems that impact scholarly inquiry. Their projects and activities focus on advancing digital information for research communities, the integration of information within and across disciplines, and the curation of research data.