The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is a national digital library that aims to make the cultural and scientific heritage of the United States available to all. The DPLA was launched in 2013, and it provides access to a wide range of materials, including books, photographs, manuscripts, maps, and more.
The DPLA's collections come from a variety of sources, including libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage organizations. The organization also partners with other institutions and organizations to expand its collections and improve access to them.
The DPLA's website provides a simple, user-friendly interface that allows users to search and browse the collections by keyword, topic, or location. The DPLA also provides a range of tools and resources for educators, researchers, and other users, including APIs (Application Programming Interface) that allow developers to build their own applications using the DPLA's collections.
The DPLA is a non-profit and is governed by a board of directors, which is made up of representatives from libraries, museums, archives, and other organizations. It also has a steering committee that provides guidance and oversight. The DPLA work is supported by federal and private funding, and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation played a crucial role in the development and launch of the platform.