Texas Digital Library’s DPLA Metadata Working Group has come together to provide guidance on preparing digital collections for aggregation through the TDL DPLA Service Hub, with the intent that these digital collections will be shared through the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).
Over the past year, the DPLA Metadata Working Group has worked closely with TDL through the development and pilot of a prototype harvester and developed a metadata application profile for the Texas aggregation hub that is now being released for community comment. The document is available here and the comment period will be open through the 2019 Texas Conference on Digital Libraries (TCDL) and close on Monday, May 27, 2019.
We encourage you to take part in the community comment process to provide feedback on the TxHub Metadata Guidelines. The information gathered from the community will be used to make sure these guidelines best serve the Texas institutions that want to have their digital collections aggregated into the TxHub and harvested into DPLA.
You may provide comment by taking this survey, which should take about 15 minutes to complete. Your answers will be kept confidential. Click here to begin the survey.
After the period of public comment has closed, TDL will publish and promote the use of the Texas Metadata Application Profile among contributing institutions and provide guidance on implementation.
Texas Digital Library DPLA Metadata Working Group:
- Kara Long (Chair), Baylor University Libraries
- Albert Duran, Houston Public Library
- Paloma Graciani Picardo, The Harry Ransom Center, UT Austin
- Hannah Tarver, University of North Texas Libraries
- Katie Tomfohrde, Houston Public Library
- Anne Washington, University of Houston Libraries
- Nicholas Woodward, Texas Digital Library
Background: In 2016, a library cooperation grant * was awarded to develop a Texas service hub (TxHub) for Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) in an effort to create a “metadata aggregation service to showcase the digital collections of Texas and ensure their discoverability in DPLA.” As a component of the grant, a metadata working group convened and has been drafting the metadata guidelines for the project. These guidelines will provide guidance for preparing digital collections for TxHub / DPLA aggregation resulting in an increase in accessible Texas digital materials made available to a wider audience.
* Learn more about the grant: