In August 2014, a group representing various Pennsylvania libraries and cultural heritage institutions met to discuss enhancing support for digital collections across the state by exposing them to the DPLA through an official Service Hub in the state of Pennsylvania. This meeting sparked the Pennsylvania Digital Collections Project for the DPLA which eventually became known as PA Digital. Early on in the development of PA Digital, a statewide survey was done to assess the digital readiness of PA for a DPLA hub. Here are the Results of the Statewide Survey.
Building on work started at Temple University, the PA Digital Developers Team, consisting of developers from Penn State and Temple developed DPLAH, a Hydra software layer that allows for harvesting metadata from institutions and exposing it to the DPLA through OAI-PMH. With this technology in place, PA Digital went live in the DPLA in August 2016. You can learn more about our aggregator here.
Since that time, our cross-institutional team has worked to harvest over 330,000 items from PA institutions, develop valuable metadata and rights resources for contributors, launch an initiative to create primary source sets, and continue to reach out to new contributors to participate.
We look forward to working with you!