Digital Public Library of America

Open Knowledge Commons

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10/01/12 to 09/30/14
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Akron, Charlotte, Detroit, Macon, Miami, Philadelphia, San Jose, St Paul
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To include Knight-community libraries in the creation of a national digital library network

DPLA is a groundbreaking project that will make our country’s local archives digital, searchable and freely accessible. This project is working towards the day that users will be able to search any topic – be it the Civil War or the New Deal – and immediately pull up information from pictures, videos, oral histories, manuscripts and more from collections across the country. We’re starting with seven pilot sites – with libraries and digital collaborative in Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, South Carolina and Utah participating as “service” hubs.

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Maura Marx

Director and Berkman Center Fellow

Maura is a Fellow at the Berkman Center and has been responsible for driving the agenda and community-building efforts of the Secretariat since its inception. Marx was Executive Director of the Open Knowledge Commons, an organization funded by the Sloan Foundation that helped lay the foundation for DPLA through advocacy and demonstration projects. Previously, she was responsible for starting the Boston Public Library’s Digital Services Program. Before coming to work in libraries, she lived and worked in Europe for organizations including the Guggenheim Museum (Salzburg), Warner Bros. Austria, and Amadeus, Inc. in strategic planning, technology planning, development and public relations. She received an MSLIS from Simmons College, an MA in Italian from Middlebury College, and a BA in German from the University of Notre Dame.

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