Why Join Digital Commonwealth?

The Digital Commonwealth serves as the open-access online discovery platform to the digital objects representing the breadth and depth of the rich cultural heritage of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Its member institutions are located all over the state and are comprised of libraries, archives, historical societies, museums, and cultural institutions.

Membership Benefits

Contribute to a statewide initiative. The Digital Commonwealth is a membership-supported statewide collaboration. Members have the opportunity to shape statewide policy making around the digitization, preservation and presentation of historic materials.

Participate in the Boston Public Library's free digitization program. The BPL will help you select, digitize and create metadata for your historic materials and other documents.

Post your materials to the Digital Commonwealth's Repository. The Digital Commonwealth, in partnership with the Boston Public Library, is creating a next-generation file repository for members to store their materials in. The BPL also has a relationship with the Internet Archive; many digitization program participants get their monographs posted on the IA.

Share your metadata in the Digital Commonwealth's Portal. The Digital Commonwealth, in partnership with the Boston Public Library, is a creating a next-generation Portal. Members contribute metadata about their digital assets in this aggregated search portal through:

  • Having their collections harvested into our Portal from their existing OAI-harvestable feeds.
  • Working with the BPL to have their collections harvested from the DC's Repository.

Participate in the Digital Public Library of America. Digital Commonwealth members will have their content harvested into this national effort to collect “the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums.”

Attend the annual Digital Commonwealth conference at a reduced rate.

Access training, support and networking. The DC runs frequent training and information sessions that bring members together and advance the ability of each member to contribute. In addition, the Digital Commonwealth Executive Board facilitates peer-to-peer contact between members, leveraging the experience and expertise of individuals for the benefit of all.

Lesson plans feature digital content from Digital Commonwealth. The DC continues to work with teachers who develop curricula and classroom activities that feature content from the repository and portal. Lesson plans are available at the Digital Commonwealth website.

Membership runs July 1 through June 30. Fees are:

$50.00 Small Institutions (two or fewer paid staff members)
$100.00 Larger Institutions
$500.00 Consortium (Group Sponsoring) Organizations

Updated: 2013-08-27
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