DPLA Appfest scheduled for November 8 – 9, 2012

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is delighted to announce our first Appfest, an informal, open call for both ideas and functional examples of creative and engaging ways to use the content and metadata in the DPLA back-end platform. The first Appfest will take place on November 8-9, 2012, at the Chattanooga Public Library on The 4th Floor. We’ll have access to their new 1 gig wireless internet connection, so anything you build should be smokin’ fast!

We’re looking for web and mobile apps, data visualization hacks, dashboard widgets that might spice up an end-user’s homepage, or a medley of all of these. There are no strict boundaries on the types of submissions accepted, except that they be open source (the DPLA platform is released under a AGPLv3 license) and interoperable with the DPLA platform. Participants are asked to pitch ideas for apps on the DPLA Appfest wiki page before the event, as pitches made on the wiki will inform what is made on Friday, November 9th.

For inspiration, participants might consider building or pitching an app that recommends books and other content based on user preferences or a certain set of criteria, an app that helps kids find content related to the topic of their favorite book, or an app that visualizes bibliographic data in new and interesting ways. Any number of approaches to building or pitching an app that utilizes the DPLA platform are open for exploration. We encourage participants to engage the public in their development processes to the extent that they are comfortable doing so.

Registration is free and open to the public; register here.

For more information about the DPLA Appfest, including a preliminary agenda and information regarding scholarships, please consult the Appfest page on our site.

Questions? Email us at dpla@cyber.law.harvard.edu.