The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) officially launched on Apr 18, 2013, after 2.5 years of development and many spirited discussions about mission, content, and design. DPLA is crisp and impressive, with marvelous content and lots of clever apps. It is surprisingly polished, given that major content and design decisions were made lath in the game. As the first version of a grand project that will steadily grow in wealth of content and refinement of design, DPLA ambitiously states on its Web site that it brings together the riches of America's libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. DPLA faced a dilemma about standards for metadata. A robust metadata standard would enhance the discovery value of DPLA, but it might conflict with the distinctive local metadata practices of small and specialized institutions. The emergent standard has the basic discovery elements, but its implementation is uneven.
Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction or distribution is prohibited without permission.