Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)
makes accessible the digital content of libraries, archives, museums, and historical societies. DPLA is a distributed effort comprised of records contributed from various institutions. Each record links to the original object in the content provider’s website. Linked items include a diversity of formats: text, image, sound, and moving image. DPLA itself houses no content. As a distributed system, DPLA’s work occurs through two hubs: Content and Service. Content hubs are large repositories of digital data. Service hubs aggregate the data of providers and provide them with various services. Many linked items are in the public domain and may be downloaded. DPLA is designed to work with the European Union’s parallel effort Europeana.