Kia ora koutou,
Today we have some fabulous news, and most likely you’re reading this having already spotted our very new look – how could you not?DigitalNZ is the same, but different. We’ve been in the process of adding features, improving our accessibility and as always making things easier for you to find. As you’ll see the site is looking fresh, bright and clean. You may be in shock, you may feel you’ve landed in... Read more
DigitalNZ will be taking a break this coming weekend (Saturday the 24th and Sunday the 25th of June - co-inciding withMatariki) with a scheduled outage.
The DigitalNZ website, along with the National Library’s website, will be inaccessible from 5pm (NZST) on Saturday the 24th June until 12 noon on Sunday 25th June for maintenance purposes, this also means that the DigitalNZ API... Read more
DigitalNZ is expanding all the time, constantly adding wonderful content partners and their collections to our search. Our content partners are the lifeblood of our work, without the varied and stimulating New Zealand content we share we wouldn’t be the aggregator we are. And, in order to stay relevant, and to keep up with the new digital collections being developed constantly, we’re always on the look-out for new... Read more
Image: DigitalNZ's trophy at the NZ Open Source Awards at Te Papa.
On the 25th of October, a cluster of our DigitalNZ team, present and past, arrived at Te Papa for the Open Source Awards. We were finalists for the third time, and hopeful of a win.
The awards began their life in 2007, and are a biennial celebration of innovative open source projects that are licensed for reuse – a natural fit with DigitalNZ’s... Read more
Today beta.digitalnz.org says 'Kia ora world!' and takes a little bow. We're very pleased to introduce you to the work we've been undertaking over the last months and encourage you to have a click around and explore our new site.
This is the first small step in the journey that is refreshing and upgrading the digitalnz.org search site. You will see that the beta is a basic version of the current www.digitalnz.org. On ... Read more
As we mentioned back in March, we've got a whole lot going on this year. We're continuing to work hard on our renovation of the DigitalNZ site and services. As with many renovation projects a lot of hard work has been done “back of house”. We've been getting DigitalNZ’s infrastructure ready for the expanded functionality and we've been working on the wireframes - a blueprint that outlines the skeleton of the... Read more
At DigitalNZ, we're always keen to see online collections with clear and consistent licensing, and we're especially interested in those collections that apply open licenses.
The Dunedin City Council Archivesis home to many fascinating records about Dunedin's history, some of which they have been digitising and uploading to Flickr over the last couple of years. We're lucky to work with them as one of our... Read more
It's April already. How did that happen? 2016 is a big year for us. We are making changes to www.digitalnz.org which will include exciting features, as well as the addition of existing National Library services into DigitalNZ. We're thinking of it as a bit of a house renovation!
Image: Malcolm and Wendy Ackerley in kitchen of their Petone home - Photograph taken by Phil Reid. Further negatives of the Evening Post newspaper. Ref:... Read more
Yikes. It's the middle of March already. How did that happen? The year is speeding by and we thought it was high time to share some projects we have in the pipeline.
2016 is going to be a big year for us. We are making changes to www.digitalnz.org which will include exciting features and functionality, as well as the addition of existing National Library services into DigitalNZ.Our detailed plans and reports are available for you to read... Read more
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.
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... Read more
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... Read more
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:
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... Read more
At the 2013 National Digital Forum we shared our initial linked dataexperiments. 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... Read more
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 todiscuss how we can work more closely with you. DigitalNZ... Read more
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
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,... Read more
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 ... Read more
Over the last few months we have welcomed more great content partners to DigitalNZ. We now have a total of 186 content partners with over 29 million searchable items on www.digitalnz.org. This quarter we were really excited to work with a number of New Zealand museums, a family collection of WW1 photographs, a major international partner, and we have also brought in additional collections from existing content partners.