Friday, September 9, 2011

extraMUROS from the Harvard Project metaLAB

extraMUROS is an open-source HTML5 infrastructure built on public APIs that aims to fundamentally change the way people discover, curate and share digital collections of books, images, sounds, video and other media. extraMUROS is a unique collaboration between the metaLAB (at) Harvard, Frances Loeb Library, the Harvard Library Lab and a network of journalists, designers and developers.

"extraMUROS is in the Beta Sprint of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Our vision is of a world in which libraries provide a user-centered experience that encourages all categories of citizens to engage with the cultural patrimony of humanity as if it were their own: to learn from it, make things with it, share these things, and become involved in a lifelong, society-wide process of learning. Most of all, we seek to cast the user in a proactive, participatory role, to complete the process of democratization that was the driving force behind the growth of the public library movement in the 19th century, but under digital terms."

Source: extraMUROS, Harvard Project metaLAB

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