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Hack the humanities: The Digital Public Library of America is coming

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The humanities aren’t typically associated with programmers and engineers, but a wave of startup innovation may be be coming to fields such as history and art thanks to a project called the Digital Public Library of America.

The online library is a massive, years-long effort to digitize and connect the collections of libraries, archives and museums across the U.S. Its mission is to unlock a rich trove of historical and cultural data—including documents, photographs, artwork, maps and audio—digitized, archived and easily searchable thanks to rich metadata.

Opening up the potential for anyone with a Web connection to hack the humanities.

Once collections are folded into the Digital Public Library’s database, they will be geo-coded, time-lined and tagged with rich search information, meaning users can quickly draw connections between far flung materials that would have been impossible before.

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