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Thursday, November 5 • 3:45pm - 4:45pm
What’s a National Platform Strategy and Where Do Museums Fit?

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In 2014 - 2015, the IMLS developed a strategy to support a national digital platform -- the combination of software applications, social and technical infrastructure, and staff expertise used by libraries, museums, and archives to provide online content and services to all users in the United States. Since last year’s convening on this topic, IMLS has incorporated the national digital platform as a strategic priority and funded National Leadership Grants for Libraries around this topic.

Four National Leadership Award grants were made in March 2015 in support of this strategy. Two of those grants will be relevant for museums: One was for $2,000,000 to the Digital Public Library of America, Stanford University, and Duraspace to develop a Hydra based repository that will foster a greatly expanded network of open-access, content-hosting "hubs" that will enable discovery and interoperability, as well as the reuse of digital resources by people from this country and around the world. At the core of this transformative network are advanced digital repositories that not only empower local institutions with new asset management capabilities, but also connect their data and collections. The second grant, to Artstor in collaboration with the El Paso Museum of Art, the Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Staten Island Museum and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), will build on the existing Shared Shelf platform to enable museums to contribute digital image collections for open public access (for no fees). The project will lower barriers to museum contributions to the DPLA by producing enhanced metadata tools, intellectual property rights decision support tools, and a direct-to-DPLA publishing capacity.

The session, led by Trevor Owens and Sandra Narva of IMLS, Amy Rudersdorf (DPLA), and James Shulman of Artstor will review the April 28, 2015 IMLS Focus session on the various components of the potential National Digital Platform and lead a discussion of the potential possibilities and challenges for the two recent National Leadership Grants in working to collaborate with museums to facilitate participation in DPLA.

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Sandra Narva

Senior Program Officer, Institute of Museum and Library Services
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Trevor Owens

Head, Digital Content Management, Library of Congress
Dr. Trevor Owens is a librarian, researcher, policy maker, and educator working on digital infrastructure for libraries. Owens serves as the first Head of Digital Content Management for Library Services at the Library of Congress.
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Amy Rudersdorf

Assistant Director for Content, Digital Public Library of America
Amy Rudersdorf is the assistant director for content at the Digital Public Library of America, where she is responsible for digitization partnerships and related workflows, metadata normalization and shareability, and engagement to promote the DPLA as a community resource. Previously... Read More →

Thursday November 5, 2015 3:45pm - 4:45pm CST
Minnetonka Hyatt Regency Minneapolis 1300 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MN 55403

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