The Digital Public Library of America beta site went live today. If you’re a knowledge geek, today is a happy day.
With the fantastically simple URL of dp.la, the library compiles holdings from major libraries and research hubs around the country. In its own words:
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. The DPLA aims to expand this crucial realm of openly available materials, and make those riches more easily discovered and more widely usable and used.
Between this and my ongoing Wikipedia fetish, they will have to pry my laptop from my cold dead fingers…