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Come to DigitalNZ's workshop in Auckland

By thomasin sleigh.

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Image: People at the DigitalNZ Day at the National Library in October 2015.

We are holding a special workshop in Auckland on Friday 26 February for our amazing content partners and any others interested in the work of DigitalNZ.

This workshop will be similar to one held last year at the National Library and will provide a chance for participants to share their thoughts on the future of DigitalNZ, where we should focus our efforts, and how we can work more collaboratively.

The workshop will...

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Supplejack and Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

By chris mcdowall.

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Film cans stored in one of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision’s vaults (supplied by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision).

One of the most exciting things about working on an open source project is seeing other people make use of things you've made. For the last few months Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision have been using DigitalNZ’s Supplejack data harvesting and search platform to bring together their various data sources and build a new online catalogue. Last week I caught up with Ellen Pullar, Ngā Taonga...

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3000 public sets

By thomasin sleigh.

Do you know what is better than 2000 sets? 3000 sets! Last time we celebrated set-making on the blog, we had 2000 glorious sets. But industrious set-makers never rest, and now we reached a new milestone.

We are always intrigued and amazed at what kinds of topics people make sets about, so we've put together this special highlights package just for you.


Family history

Family history sets are a strong group in the pantheon of sets. Family historians weave together materials from Papers Past,...

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The DigitalNZ Day

By fiona.

On the 15 October, over 40 people gathered at the National Library of New Zealand in Wellington, to take part in DigitalNZ Day. This day was a forum for people to share their thoughts on the future of DigitalNZ and talk about how DigitalNZ could work more collaboratively.

In the first part of the day the DigitalNZ team presented on our progress in 2015, with a deep dive into some key pieces of our work:

- Values Research;

- People Concepts;

- and the work we've been doing with...

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Gifs, libraries, and digital literacies

By thomasin sleigh.

Over the last couple of months, I've had the pleasure of spending some time with the good folk at public libraries (and a couple of clubhouses) across New Zealand.

Alongside the GIF IT UP challenge that we are currently running, I developed a bunch of different animated gif-making workshops, so that librarians could learn how to make animated gifs. The sessions are designed to support participants to run their own gif-making workshops for kids. The materials are all Creative Commons licensed...

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Introducing the DigitalNZ Concepts API

By chris mcdowall.

At the 2013 National Digital Forum we shared our initial linked data experiments. During the intervening period we have continued to explore these ideas. Today we release the first proper iteration of our Concepts API and we are very excited! We want this data service to be simple and immediately useful. Linked data has earned a reputation of having a steep learning curve. Our aim is to create a linked data API that any interested person could pick up and start using based on a...

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Come along to the DigitalNZ Day - 15 Oct 2015

By fiona.

The DigitalNZ team and the DigitalNZ Advisory Board would like to invite you to a full-day workshop at the National Library of New Zealand in Wellington, on Thursday 15 October. (This is the day after the National Digital Forum). 

The workshop will be a forum for new ideas, a chance to share your thoughts on the future of DigitalNZ and an opportunity to discuss how we can work more closely with you. DigitalNZ content partners, and anyone with an interest in our work, are very...

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How to create an animated GIF using GIMP software

By thomasin sleigh.

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The GIF IT UP challenge is back for 2015! To help you on your way to GIF superstardom, we've developed a series of tutorials and step-by-step guides on how to make a simple animated GIF, a GIF from a stereograph, and a GIF using the GIMP image editing software.


1. FIND AN IMAGE

Before making our GIF, we need to make sure the content we are animating is copyright-free. Using search services such as DigitalNZ, the Digital Public Library of America, Europeana, and Trove, are easy ways to...

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How to make an animated GIF from a stereograph

By thomasin sleigh.

Gif It Up Banner 2015 6 With Europeana Trove Label

The GIF IT UP challenge is back for 2015! To help you on your way to GIF superstardom, we've developed a series of tutorials and step-by-step guides on how to make a simple animated GIF, a GIF from a stereograph, and a GIF using the GIMP image editing software.

Stereographs were a type of photograph popular in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. They were initially created by taking a photograph, slightly shifting the camera, and taking another photograph of the same scene. When...

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How to make a simple animated GIF with free software

By thomasin sleigh.

Gif It Up Banner 2015 6 With Europeana Trove Label

The GIF IT UP challenge returns for 2015! To help you on your way to GIF superstardom, we've developed a series of tutorials and step-by-step guides on how to make a simple animated GIF, a GIF from a stereograph, and a GIF using the GIMP image editing software.


1. FIND AN IMAGE

Before making our GIF, we need to make sure the content we are animating is copyright-free. Using search services such as DigitalNZ, the Digital Public Library of America, Europeana, and Trove, are easy ways to...

Read more