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Add XML feed for DPLA metadata harvesting · duke-libraries/ddr-public@1aa3cf8
duke commit which adds dpla-harvestable xml feed to their blacklight instance
dpla  harvesting  github  work-life 
april 2018 by malantonio
Digital Public Library of America » Metadata Application Profile
The DPLA Metadata Application Profile (MAP) is the basis for how metadata is structured and validated in DPLA, and guides how metadata is stored, serialized, and made available through our API in JSON-LD. The MAP is based on the Europeana Data Model (EDM), and integrates the experience and specific needs for aggregating the metadata of America’s cultural heritage institutions.  The current version is 5.0.
january 2018 by russiansledges
Alexandria in the Googleplex – EIDOLON
The myth of the Library of Alexandria’s “universal” collections is so familiar as to be doctrinal. But the idea of the universal library as such is barely a classical one, and certainly not Alexandrian. Within a generation or two of its founding, the Library was firmly established as a stage for recherché learning in the face of expanding koine; famously the home of “cloistered bookworms in the chicken-coop of the Muses” (in Robert Barnes’ now lapidary rendering of Timon of Phlius, Diels Frag. 12), the library was, as Peter Bing writes, an “instrument that facilitated the emergence of a privileged circle of learned readers — a tiny elite, to be sure.”...

Of course, regal collections might have always had a more omnibus character than private ones. Efforts to build collections that mapped the scale and scope of an empire go back to at least Assyria, and probably further. It is in this light that we should read the brief notice of Josephus that describes the project of the Ptolemies as one of “collecting all the books in the inhabited world” (πάντα τὰ κατὰ τὴν οἰκουμένην συναγαγεῖν βιβλία, Antiquitates 12.2.1) — the earliest testimony there is to Alexandria’s universal character but one motivated just as much by Josephus’s own desire to make Jewish history, and the translation of the Septuagint, a privileged part of the Hellenistic tradition. ...

The idea of a universal library, and certainly the phrase “bibliotheca universalis,” is more of a Renaissance invention. In the mid-1500s the Zurich physician Conrad Gesner set out to record and publish a catalogue of all of the works ever written in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew, “extant and not extant; old ones and those more recent, up to today; wise ones and ignorant ones; ones that have been published and ones are held in [manuscript] collections” (1r). Conceived as a reference work in the style of Pliny’s Natural History, the Bibliotheca Universalis was designed as a tool to allow readers to find information quickly: “so instantly whatever anyone looks for, it will be ready at hand; whatever they do not want to read, they can pass over” (1v). Rather than knowledge about the world, this was an encyclopedia of books....

Perhaps what draws the Pinakes and the Bibliotheca Universalis together most closely as intellectual projects is that they are not, in fact, library catalogues. Rather, each lists works irrespective of whether they were or were not in a particular library, whether the Ptolemies’ at Alexandria or Gesner’s in Zurich. Where Callimachus’ represents an ideal library, Gesner’s shows us a total one.

In antiquity, medical knowledge was jealously guarded. Galen, for example, visited Alexandria with the express wish to see the works of the anatomist Numisianus, but was prevented from doing so because the notebooks were in the possession of Numisianus’s son Heraclianus, also a physician. ...

And, truly, that modern notion of the “universal library” relies on similar visions of access at a distance. So, Brewster Kahle in 2002, on the Internet Archive: “Imagine walking into a library, anywhere in the world, and having the full range of human knowledge at your fingertips — in all its forms.... Access, in the bibliographic sense, relies on indexing: the catalogue and the finding aide. And this is where we come full circle, back the hand-shake between Alexa Internet, an indexing company, and the Internet Archive, a web repository....

Yet the misaligned imperatives of openness and capitalization have lead to failures and fissures: the seemingly positive outcome of cases brought against Google and its partners by the Authors’ Guild in 2005 and 2011 (i.e., that full digitation did not violate copyright per se) had the knock-on effect of making those scans unsalable. Without a clear path to the capitalization of digitized works, Google has quietly lost interest in its scanning efforts — once touted as encompassing “all books in all languages” — leaving partners and third parties to pick up the pieces. Hathi Trust, based in the University of Michigan, has grown out of Google Books to provide long-term support of books digitized at academic libraries. The Internet Archive specializes in non-print and ephemeral media. The Digital Public Library of America aggregates distributed digitized corpora from local and national institutions. The digital universal library is in pieces....

Its myths hide what lessons the Library of Alexandria can really teach us about the nature of knowledge and its preservation. Libraries are sites where the past comes out to reach the present, but they are also sites at which the present comes to deposit its visions of itself for its own imagined future....

Perhaps the greatest lesson that the Library of Alexandria has to teach us about the future of libraries is this: to survive, collections must be used, accessed, animated.... questioning the myths of completeness that lie at the heart of the dual fantasies of its universality and destruction. The classical library should teach us that it is only through access and animation, in all its forms — perhaps even the ones least expected — that we will ensure the continued energy of our intellectual heritage: past, present, and future.
libraries  universal_library  epistemology  bibliography  internet_archive  DPLA  preservation 
december 2017 by shannon_mattern
DPLA Launches Open-Source Spark OAI Harvester
The DPLA is launching an open-source tool for fast, large-scale data harvests from OAI repositories. The tool uses a Spark distributed processing engine to speed up and scale up the harvesting operation, and to perform complex analysis of the harvested data. It is helping us improve our internal workflows and provide better service to our hubs. The Spark OAI Harvester is freely available and we hope that others working with interoperable cultural heritage or science data will find uses for it in their own projects.
DPLA  Spark  OAI  OAI-PMH  software  Tools  free  metadata  open-data 
august 2017 by Psammead
DPLA Public Library Partnerships Project
Digital Public Library of America published a self-guided curriculum for digitisation aimed at public libraries and other cultural heritage institutions who are considering whether or how to undertake a digitisation programme. Overall, this is a very thorough albeit high-level introduction into what you need to consider before undertaking a digitisation project.

There are six modules in all
DPLA  Digitisation  Digital-collections  metadata  standards  best-practices 
august 2017 by Psammead
Our digital collections are now part of DPLA! | Archives & Special Collections
I'm so glad you offer your archives online, and now that they are part of a larger group with the DPLA. Just today I discovered the Argus archives, so I shared a JPG one of the Argus stories on our Facebook group for IWU art alumni and students. https://www.facebook.com/groups/87892810994/permalink/10155435555015995/

I plan on sharing more stories about the School of Art on our Facebook group.

Thank you
commented  blogpost  iwu  dpla 
june 2017 by mattmaldre

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