As was reported by Jennifer Howard on Wired Campus, the Digital Public Library of America initiative is moving forward with a Beta Sprint phase. This presents a tremendous opportunity for NYC libraries to partner with the vibrant tech community in the city to play a lead role in the development of what a DPLA might look like. Here's more from Howard's article:
Think you know what the proposed Digital Public Library of America should look like? Now’s your chance to weigh in. The project’s steering committee has just announced a “Beta Sprint,” inviting the public to contribute “ideas, models, prototypes, technical tools, user interfaces, etc.” Anyone who wants to take part must submit a statement of interest by June 15, and final submissions are due September 1.
“We hope geeks and librarians, especially, will join forces to develop beta submissions in support of this initiative,” John Palfrey, the director of the steering committee, said in a statement. He is co-director of Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, which has been coordinating DPLA planning. (It also runs a public wiki where people can contribute to the discussion.) Mr. Palfrey explains more about the beta sprint and how it will fit into the broader planning process in this video, also posted today.
And a clip from John Palfrey explaining the Beta Sprint phase in more detail: