The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) lets people do "magnificent things," according to John Palfrey, chair of the DPLA Steering Committee and faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. However, visions of magnificent things also have a tendency to generate fear, delight, and misinformation. The term "public" is broadly defined and potentially includes all types of galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAM). The core activities of the DPLA are centered on creating an open source code model, linked data and open metadata, content digitization, and new content forms, as well as identifying the tools and services needed for participants and audiences.
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