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Monday, October 15, 2012

Seven pilot sites join national digital library project with Knight Foundation funding (USA)

The Digital Public Library of America will launch pilot projects in seven states with $1 million in funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. State libraries and regional digital library collaboratives in Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, South Carolina and Utah will be the first to participate as "service" hubs in the pilot effort. Users will ultimately be able to search across these local collections, finding information on a topic - like the Civil War or the Great Depression - via records from throughout the country. Organizers will also test ways to engage communities in creating content for the archives, whether through adding context and tags to digital records, or bringing in items to scan and record

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