Europeana and the newly-founded Digital Public Library of America [DPLA] have announced that we will work together: http://europeana.eu/portal/aboutus_press.html
Jill Cousins and Robert Darnton, Harvard Librarian and member of the DPLA Steering Committe, released the joint press statement in Washington on Friday, 21 October.
The principles of agreement are:
- our systems and data interoperable to the greatest possible extent.
- promote open access to the greatest possible extent through joint existing and new policies concerning content, data, and metadata
- collaborate regularly in developing specific aspects of our systems, beginning with: an interoperable data model, a shared source code, co-operative collection building.
The co-partnership is a further reinforcement of Europeana's strategic role as a primary facilitator in our sector, and will also give us access to a wider distribution network for data and our API. Our first task is to use our joint resources to put together a vitual exhibition about migration from Europe to the US.
Robert Darnton is a much-quoted authority on the topic of open access to digital knowledge and publishes regularly in the New York Times, for example, and the New York Review of Books: http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2010/oct/04/library-without-walls/