What is the PA Digital Aggregator and what is it NOT?

This aggregator is part of a more general effort to create a Pennsylvania-wide Service Hub for the DPLA (Digital Public Library of America), that will allow Pennsylvania’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions to contribute their digital content to the DPLA.

The content you see:

  • Was harvested from a number of Pennsylvania institutions’ digital library repositories
    • It is in turn harvested by the DPLA as a single “feed”
  • May or may not be contributed to the DPLA based on the aggregator
    • We have been officially recognized as a DPLA hub (since August 2015), and our records on the Production Aggregator (white background) have been live in DPLA in Spring 2016. Collections in the Test Aggregator (blue background) may or may not be in the DPLA yet.
  • Includes includes metadata that has been “normalized” or is in the process of being “normalized”
    • With our help, the various contributing institutions have worked hard to prepare their metadata to be more compatible with the DPLA.
    • The developers of PA Digital have also worked to normalize data values in line with the DPLA standards, such as but not limited to: capitalization, type identification, language coding, stripping whitespace, etc.
  • Does not include the actual digital objects (e.g., image files)
    • We only harvest the metadata, display thumbnails when available, and provide a link back to the original repository hosting the content.
    • This is a metadata aggregator, and NOT a repository hosting content.

Technical information

This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.