Here at DigitalNZ we’ve been circling the problem of creative reuse of digital collections for a number of years now. Needless to say, it’s a tricky one.
We’ve run competitions to encourage and celebrate the reuse of openly licensed content: Mix & Mash, and most recently, GIF IT UP, a GIF-making competition we ran with the Digital Public Library of America. Whilst these have been successful and people have made excellent entries, we’ve often run up against problems.
Here at DigitalNZ we enjoy an end-of-year Christmas list as much as the next person. This year we thought we could turn our data-obsessed eyes towards the metadata of our excellent content partners and compare and contrast their collections.
Who has the most “cats” in their collection? And who has the most "Christmas"?
These are serious questions that call for answers!
If you are a bit confused by the word ‘metadata’, this simply means the information which describes a digital item. For...
What an excellent way to finish a busy year at DigitalNZ—with a showcase of awesome GIFs made from copyright-free images! The past couple of months we’ve had a lot of fun running the GIF IT UP competition with our good friends at the Digital Public Library of America. We’ve been amazed by all the creative and ingenious entries and want to thank everyone who entered their work.
It’s a public domain celebration! The Digital Public Library of America and DigitalNZ are holding GIF IT UP, an international competition over the next six weeks (13 October–1 December, Eastern) to find the best GIFs reusing public domain and openly licensed digital video, images, text, and other material available via our search portals. Winners will have their work featured and celebrated online at thePublic Domain Review and also on Smithsonian.com. Pretty sweet, huh?
We’re excited to be collaborating with Digital Art Live on their Emerging Pixels programme this year. Emerging Pixels is a chance for students to develop and deliver an interactive work for the large screen in the Aotea Centre (see the image below). You can check out previous Emerging Pixels works here.
We’re encouraging creative technologies students to use openly licensed content from DigitalNZ in their work, and/or build something fun and creative using the DigitalNZ Application...
Do you know who's making amazing sets on DigitalNZ? You guys are!
Image: Weraroa Cricket Club awards presentation, August 1971. Kete Horowhenua. CC-BY-NC-SA.
Oh yes, today we reached 2000 searchable sets on DigitalNZ, so we thought we'd list some of funniest, biggest, and most colourful sets that have been made over the two years that sets have been available on DigitalNZ—plus some other categories that we just made up for fun.
It's like a mini Oscars ceremony just for sets! Let us begin:
If you are a regular www.digitalnz.org visitor, you’ll have noticed a few changes we’ve been rolling out on the site over the last six months or so. We thought it’d be helpful to let you know what we’ve been up to, and also ask for any feedback or thoughts you have about these changes.
Firstly, at the end of last year, we worked with our amazing developers Boost New Media and designers Clicksuite, and made www.digitalnz.org mobile and tablet friendly. Before, it was tricky trying to...
It's NZ Music Month and we're celebrating with a special set-making competition!
All you have to do is collect together a DigitalNZ set which represents a kiwi song and you are in to win a sweet prize pack. If you need some inspiration, check out the awesome entries from last year's competition.
To make your set, just login and click the 'Add to sets' button as you search. If you are a first-time set-maker, check out our handy introductory video plus set-making tips in the 'Help' section of...
Donna Robertson is a librarian and editor for the amazing Christchurch City Libraries, and a big DigitalNZ fan and set-maker extraordinaire! In fact, we recently ran a search on DigitalNZ for 'Donna Robertson' and it returned 100 sets. This officially makes Donna 'Queen of DigitalNZ sets'.
In the third of our sixth birthday blog series, we had a chat to Donna about what she loves about DigitalNZ, some tips for making sets, and her ideas for the future.
This Q&A is the second in our collection of sixth birthday celebration interviews. We thought it was a good opportunity to check in with an organisation using the DigitalNZ's data, in particular our Application Programming Interface (API)*, so we had a chat with UC CEISMIC, a digital repository of information relating to the Christchurch earthquakes.
How did UC CEISMIC come to work with the DigitalNZ API?
DigitalNZ were involved in the UC CEISMIC project from its early phases but...