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Digital library to streamline access to collections

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Innovative Interfaces is integrating access to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) large-scale digital public library collections into its Encore Synergy platform.

Encore Synergy is aimed at harnessing the open DPLA discovery framework to provide users with a seamless, single-search experience of the digitised materials aggregated from the various universities, public libraries, and other organisations participating with the DPLA initiative.

Scheduled for initial operation in April 2013, the DPLA is the culmination of a two-year community goal to create and maintain a free, open, and sustainable national digital library resource.

Content and resources contributed by existing repositories, or funded by the DPLA, will be placed in the public domain and include books, pamphlets, periodicals, manuscripts, digital text, and audiovisual materials.

'The Digital Public Library of America is delighted that Innovative Interfaces is making use of the DPLA's open platform as it develops the next generation of its services,' said John Palfrey, president of the board of directors.

'The DPLA is designed as a public-private initiative, where we view open APIs, open code, open content, and open metadata as essential to the future of libraries, archives, and museums. We strongly encourage companies to follow the lead of Innovative Interfaces to make use of these open resources, in the public interest.'