Sharing with DPLA means that your materials can be seen in different contexts within the DPLA. They may be included in subject-based portals like the Black Women’s Suffrage Digital Collection and the Cleared to Land aviation portal, which automatically gather materials about a particular topic for easy access. Metadata about items shared with DPLA is also made available through the DPLA API, which allows developers to build new tools and interfaces using that metadata. Your materials might even be used to make an animated gif in the international GIF IT UP competition.
Being part of DPLA can make your digital library projects more attractive to funders and grant-makers, by broadening your collections’ reach and demonstrating engagement with a national network.
When you contribute metadata to DPLA, you join a national network of cultural heritage stewards who work together to increase access to digital resources. By participating, you can help increase local knowledge at your institution and across TDL about metadata quality & standards, copyright & rights statements, promoting digital collections, and related topics.
Sharing your metadata with DPLA often leads to improvements to that metadata. TDL is happy to share your metadata with DPLA as-is (provided it meets the minimum requirements). However, many institutions find that the process of looking at their metadata in DPLA, in collaboration with TDL staff, helps identify priority areas for cleanup and enrichment.