The Digital Public Library of America went live today, with one of its initial collections being the Holsinger Studio Collection from UVa Special Collections. From the DPLA launch announcment: “The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) launched a beta of its discovery portal and open platform today. The portal delivers millions of materials found in American archives, libraries, museums, and cultural heritage institutions to students, teachers, scholars, and the public. Far more than a search engine, the portal provides innovative ways to search and scan through its united collection of distributed resources. Special features include a dynamic map, a timeline that allow users to visually browse by year or decade, and an app library that provides access to applications and tools created by external developers using DPLA’s open data.”
UVa partnered with other institutions such as the Smithsonian, New York Public Library, Harvard Library, and ARTStor to provide a cross-institutional portal to digital collections. The Holsinger Studio Collection is the first of many future contributions by the UVa Library, and can be accessed through DPLA here.