Using DPLA and the Wikimedia Foundation to Increase Usage of Digitized Resources

Abstract

The Digital Public Library of America has created a process by which rights-free or openly licensed resources that have already been harvested can be copied over into Wikimedia Commons, thus creating a simple path for including those digital collections materials into Wikipedia articles. By meeting internet users where they already are, rather than relying on them to navigate to individual digital libraries, the access and usage of digital assets is dramatically increased, in particular to user groups that might otherwise not have a reason to interact with such digitized resources.

Author Biographies

Dominic Byrd-McDevitt, Digital Public Library of America

Dominic Byrd-McDevitt is the Data Fellow for the Digital Public Library of America, where he leads DPLA's Wikimedia program and serves on the Rights Statements Working Group.

John Dewees, Toledo Lucas County Public Library

John Dewees is the Supervisor Digitization Services at the Toledo Lucas County Public Library working on digitization project management and increasing access to digital collections.

Published
2022-03-21
How to Cite
Byrd-McDevitt, D., & Dewees, J. (2022). Using DPLA and the Wikimedia Foundation to Increase Usage of Digitized Resources. Information Technology and Libraries, 41(1). https://doi.org/10.6017/ital.v41i1.13659
Section
Articles