07 November 2012

Making local history digital, searchable and accessible -- Seven pilot sites join national digital library project

Just about a year ago, we first talked about the Digital Public Library of America as it held its first Plenary Meeting in DC.

This is an ambitious project to help make digitize and make accessible local archival material.  A recent press release talks about some new funding the pilot program.

Last month the Knight Foundation announced $1 million in support for the Digital Public Library of America, a groundbreaking project that will make our country’s local archives digital, searchable and freely accessible.
This project is working towards the day that users will be able to search any topic – be it the Civil War or the New Deal – and immediately pull up information including pictures, videos, oral histories, manuscripts and more from collections across the country.
They're starting with seven pilot sites – with libraries and digital collaborative in Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, South Carolina and Utah participating as “service” hubs.
Read the full article.

Also checkout the Upfront with NGS post from last fall about this project, Digital Public Library of America -- 1st Plenary Meeting, 21 October, National Archives (DC)

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