Live in DPLA: New York State Records Now Available for Research

by Davis Erin Anderson, Community Engagement Manager, METRO


More than 87,000 metadata records from digital collections across New York State are now available for research in Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). This significant contribution from Empire State Digital Network (ESDN), a hub of DPLA hosted here at METRO that's administered by the NY3Rs Association, Inc, helped DPLA reach a new milestone of over 10 million records from 1,600 participating institutions on just its second anniversary.

20150421_DPLA.jpgESDN’s additions to DPLA include metadata for digital materials from New York State Library, Historic Huguenot Street, The Erie Canal Museum, and many others. While these digital items are hosted locally, sharing their metadata records through a platform of DPLA’s scope makes these items more readily available on the internet.

Founded in April 2013, DPLA is an online resource that unites metadata from openly available digital materials like books, photographs, maps, manuscripts, audio, and video recordings. Through its innovative hub model, DPLA is able to source content from across the United States through a series of local partners.

In turn, ESDN works with library councils in New York State’s 3R’s system, of which METRO is a member. Participation in DPLA is open to cultural heritage institutions through their local council. A full list of regional liaisons is available on ESDN’s website.

For more information on ESDN, visit their website.