A new partnership between the Washington State Library, the Oregon Heritage Commission, and the State Library of Oregon, Northwest Digital Heritage leverages existing infrastructure and best practices created through the Washington Rural Heritage project to extend access to Oregon-based libraries, museums, and cultural heritage organizations.
We also operate a service hub of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), which helps bring these unique and local Northwest collections to a wider audience. Funding provided in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Whether you already have robust digital collections available online or you are starting from scratch, Northwest Digital Heritage invites any Oregon or Washington-based museum, public library, tribe, or organization with cultural heritage materials. Academic institutions that are members of the Orbis Cascade Alliance (OCA) should contact OCA's Unique & Local Content Program for more details about their own DPLA service hub.
A complete list of current Northwest Digital Heritage partnering organizations can be found below.
Organizations wishing to partipate should consult our new Northwest Digital Heritage Metadata Requirements (v1.0, July 2021) for basic information about what we will need for DPLA participation.
The NWDH Content Policy & Collection Readiness Checklist also provides some additional context on eligibility, rights & permissions, and other collections-related information.
For more guidance on creating well-formed, item-level metadata records, please see the latest version (v3.1 from August 2018) of the Washington Rural Heritage Project Metadata Guidelines. Existing collections may need some metadata cleanup in order to meet NWDH standards and DPLA requirements.
Your selection process and metadata creation and remediation activities should also be informed by the DPLA’s Membership IDEAS statement (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Social Justice) and the DPLA's Statement on Potentially Harmful Content.
We're excited to work with you, but please note that as Oregon and Washington state employees, our schedules and ability to travel are still currently impacted by COVID-19. We plan to provide limited, on-site digitization services and in-person consulting as soon as guidelines allow.