The DPLA portal is powered by a rich repository of information, known as the DPLA platform, and uses an open API that can be used by software developers, researchers and others to create novel environments for learning, tools for discovery and engaging apps.
"The DPLA's goal is to bring the entire nation's rich cultural collections off the shelves and into the innovative environment of the Internet for people to discover, download, remix, reuse and build on in ways we haven't yet begun to imagine," Maura Marx, director of the DPLA Secretariat, said in a statement. "Regular users can search in the traditional way using the portal, and developers and innovators can build on big chunks of code and content using the platform -- we're creating access, not controlling it."
From the Digital Public Librarys exhibition page: A view of unidentified men protesting segregated facilities outside of Rich's store in downtown Atlanta, Ga., in December 1960.
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