[OpenGLAM] Fwd: HathiTrust to partner with DPLA

Joris Pekel joris.pekel at okfn.org
Thu Jun 20 07:49:02 UTC 2013

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       HathiTrust to partner with DPLA

*June 18, 2013*

*Ann Arbor, MI --* The HathiTrust Digital Library will partner with the
recently launched Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) to expand
discovery and use of HathiTrust’s public domain and other openly available

DPLA provides an online portal to freely available digital material held by
libraries, archives, and museums across the United States. By offering a
unified discovery point for these disparate collections, DPLA aims to make
readily available to the public the words, images, sounds, and objects of
America’s shared cultural heritage.

“HathiTrust’s joining the Digital Public Library of America more than
doubles the size of our unified collection, and—as so many have asked
for—fills it with millions of books. We couldn’t be more delighted. Over
the last five years, HathiTrust has built an incredible digital
infrastructure to store the scanned holdings of its many university and
library partners, and we in turn look forward to providing a large general
audience for these valuable works, and new pathways into them,” said Dan
Cohen, DPLA’s Executive Director.

According to HathiTrust Executive Director John Wilkin, the partnership
reflects the complementary nature of the two organizations. “The first
priority of HathiTrust has always been preservation,” he said. “But to
fulfill the preservation mission, we must provide access: content that
can’t be found and used risks being forgotten.” Wilkin stressed that
HathiTrust will continue to enhance its own discovery and access platform,
first launched in 2008. But DPLA puts HathiTrust’s collection before a
broader audience, alongside innovative search and use tools, including
timelines, maps, and a growing number of apps.

Of HathiTrust’s nearly 11 million volumes, the metadata records associated
with the almost 3.5 million that are freely available will be accessible on
the web at dp.la, and through the DPLA application programming interface
(API), making HathiTrust a DPLA  “content hub.” (The digitized volumes
themselves will continue to reside in HathiTrust.) The partnership makes
HathiTrust the single largest DPLA content hub, in the company of
institutions such as the Smithsonian, the National Archives, the New York
Public Library, and many others.

“DPLA, like HathiTrust, was founded on the belief that digital collections
in aggregate become much more valuable than the sum of their parts,” Wilkin
said. This shared vision was a strong incentive to overcome barriers to the
partnership. The HathiTrust metadata will be contributed under the terms of
a Creative Commons “CC0” license, and Wilkin cites the support of OCLC, the
worldwide library cooperative, for the contribution of records possibly
derived from its WorldCat database. Sandy Yee, Chair of the OCLC Board of
Trustees, explains that DPLA's Data Use Best Practices, which request that
users provide attribution to metadata providers, are in keeping with OCLC
community data norms. Yee said, “We are very pleased to support the
discovery of this rich aggregation of freely available texts via the DPLA.
Their work and that of HathiTrust amplifies and extends the efforts of the
thousands of library contributors to the OCLC cooperative.”

The partnership officially begins today, and the data is in the process of
being transferred from HathiTrust to the Digital Public Library of America.
DPLA will be working to add a special interface for books to supplement its
novel map and timeline browsing interfaces, but the HathiTrust content will
be available through the current site as soon as the data is loaded.

You can read this release online


a community of research institutions working to permanently preserve and
make accessible the scholarly and cultural record. HathiTrust grew from a
2007 U-M Library proposal that a consortium of institutions share a copy of
their growing digital collections. Today, HathiTrust encompasses more than
80 institutional partners, and the digitized collections of some of the
largest libraries in the world.

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together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and
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breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and
culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of
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