BDPI (Biblioteca Digital del Patrimonio Iberoamericano) is a project of the Asociación de Bibliotecas Nacionales de Iberoamérica (ABINIA). Its objective is the creation of a portal which provides access, from a single search point, to the digital resources of all the participating libraries.

With this portal, ABINIA aims at disseminating the bibliographic heritage of each and every library involved in the project, enabling the largest possible number of citizens to approach their collections. At the same time, BDPI is meant to become an example of international cooperation amongst Latin American countries.

This portal should also encourage all library members of ABINIA to give a firm impulse to the digitization of their collections, as well as to automation and normalization of their catalogues - adapting them to international standards for description and interchange and thus allowing interoperability, required for the development of the project.

Design and creation of the portal has so far been undertaken by the National Library of Spain (BNE), who has carried out the current portal development, always keeping ABINIA informed of every step followed.

The portal was launched at the XIII Meeting of ABINIA, held at the BNE from 17th to 21st September 2012. Our intention is to go ahead incorporating more libraries, with the aims of turning BDPI into a significant reference and reinforcing web presence of each of BDPI Partners.

The portal integrates the bibliographic descriptions for the digital objects from the collections of each participating library. For the time being, the metadata model Dublin Core has been adopted. Libraries provide a minimum set of bibliographic data elements and these are indexed and stored on a BNE server. Searches are performed on such data, but the digital objects are always viewed on the supplying library’s environment, since BDPI does not store digital objects but only bibliographic descriptions (metadata). Each library participating in the project is responsible for the content of their bibliographic records as well as for the management of digital objects.