The new Digital Public Library of America website released today is an amazing initiative aiming at “bringing together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world”. This resource is also an extraordinary gold mine for computer developers. Indeed, newly released apps such as Library Observer are prompting us to “imagine new ways of interacting with cultural and scientific resources”.
“In addition to serving as a content portal for students, teachers, scholars, and the public, the DPLA is also a powerful platform that enables new and transformative uses of our digitized cultural heritage. With an application programming interface (API) and maximally open data, the DPLA can be used by software developers, researchers, and others to create novel environments for learning, tools for discovery, and engaging apps” from dp.la
Here below are two interesting views about Digital Publishing and the future of books. The first one, by Robert Darnton (Director of the University Library, Harvard) and the second one by Tim O’Reilly, founder of oreilly.com, one of the most successful publisher of technical books to date.