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Friday Fun with DigitalNZ: Quiz #6

Posted on 15 December 2011 by lucy!

This is our last quiz for 2011. Happy Hols everyone!


Slow food, small data

Posted on 13 December 2011 by lucy!

I recently spoke at the New Zealand National Digital Forum (view on Slideshare). This blog post covers some of the things I discussed.

In August, Max Ogden, an American developer and open web advocate, tweeted this: "I would love for 'small data' to be the 'slow food' of the internet".

Slow Food Tweet Crop

At the time I thought, "Right on. That’s a really interesting idea." Then I did what most of us do on Twitter when we see something poignant. I... Read more

Friday Fun with DigitalNZ: Quiz #5

Posted on 08 December 2011 by lucy!

2nd to last Friday Fun quiz for 2011. Enjoy this week's question!


combo sky and aerials

Posted on 03 December 2011 by natlib

I have Sky digital with a built in freeview TV so I pick up and sky and Freeview on our main tv. We also have two TVs in other locations through the house which are connected solely to tv aerial. How do I integrate the other TVs into my existing sky satillite dish to pick up Freeview or do I get a seperate freeview box for my other TV system.

Friday Fun with DigitalNZ: Quiz #4

Posted on 02 December 2011 by lucy!

Have a great Friday everyone!


Audio records in the 21st century

Posted on 30 November 2011 by natlib

What is classed as an audio record? Is a video and CD and tape cassette an audio record in the 21st century? OR is there a replacement for these now?

Friday Fun with DigitalNZ: Quiz #3

Posted on 25 November 2011 by lucy!

Another Friday, another quiz! It's abit trickier this week, but we're confident you'll get it right!


A day in the life of Dan, the Harvester Man

Posted on 24 November 2011 by dan

Harvest Time

This is my first blogpost. Hi, I'm Dan. I'm a content analyst in the DigitalNZ team, but people around here call me "The Harvester Guy".

Most people (including me before I started here) associate the word "harvester" with those big agricultural combine harvester things.If you do a google image search for "harvester" you get a pretty awesome assortment of these machines, with all sorts of different attachments,... Read more

Friday Fun with DigitalNZ: Quiz #2

Posted on 17 November 2011 by lucy!

It's week two of our DigitalNZ Quiz! Take a second, give it go... and good luck!


These are a few of my favourite (Mix and Mash) things

Posted on 14 November 2011 by fiona

I’ve recently emerged from 7 months immersed in the secondMix and Mash – the great New Zealand remix and mashup competition. Mix and Mash challenges people to build something completely new by reusing existing NZ digital content and data.This year over 100 entrants, including an entire primary school class, vied for $50,000 in cash and prizes.

DigitalNZ runs Mix and Mash because we want to:

see more New... Read more

Friday Fun with DigitalNZ: Quiz #1

Posted on 10 November 2011 by lucy!

Here at DigitalNZ HQ we think you deserve to have a bit of fun on a Friday afternoon. Every Friday over the next few weeks we'll be posting a one-question quiz that can be answered by searching for clues using DigitalNZ's shiny new search service. We hope you have as much fun answering the questions as we did creating them!


Happy 3rd birthday, DigitalNZ!

Posted on 10 November 2011 by lucy!

Today is DigitalNZ's 3rd birthday! The years have flown by, and yet, we find it hard to remember a time when there was no DigitalNZ. On November 11th, 2008, we took our first steps as part of the 90 year commemoration of Armistice day. Anyone remember the Coming Home search service that started it all?

A lot of decisions have been made over the years that have shaped the DigitalNZ you have come to know (and hopefully love). One... Read more

Visualising DigitalNZ content over time

Posted on 03 November 2011 by lucy!

Dnz By Year

DigitalNZ indexes a lot of stuff. As I type this blog post, it's midday on Friday, November 4, 2011. If I visit the DigitalNZ website and search for every item we index, I get 25,661,157 results. That's a mind-boggling number.

In preparation for a talk I'm giving at the National Digital Forum in a few weeks, I am trying to understand what exactly are the 25 million pieces of New Zealand digital content we link to.... Read more

Educators' eyes opened at ULearn 2011

Posted on 25 October 2011 by lucy!

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Auckland Weekly News, 21 June 1939. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19390621-46-1. No known copyright.

Last week I was given the fantastic opportunity to show educators DigitalNZ and Mix and Mash at the annual ULearn conference in Rotorua. ULearn is the largest teaching and learning conference in New Zealand with over 1800 educators in attendance.

I have presented these topics before and... Read more

Anatomy of a Remix: How "A Grand Mother" is a grand reuse of New Zealand digital content

Posted on 13 October 2011 by lucy!

The video, “A Grand Mother” by Candy Elsmore, won this year’s Mix and Mash Supreme Creative Remix. We highly recommend that you check it out (you may need a box of tissues).

It’s a beautifully told story about the pride and delight Candy’s family felt after discovering their grand mother / great grandmother, Mary Edith Aberhart, had signed the 1893 Suffrage Petition.

New... Read more

Best examples of international people doing similiar things

Posted on 28 September 2011 by natlib

Are there examples of overseas organisations doing similiar things to DigitalNZ? What are they?


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Take a look at the Culture Grid in the UK. http://www.culturegrid.org.uk/

--Stephen Powell •2011-10-10 00:00:00 UTC

The British Library have recently put this online: http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/

--Paul •2011-10-10 00:00:00 UTC

I quite like... Read more

Launched! British Parliamentary Papers. Colonies: New Zealand

Posted on 28 September 2011 by fiona

Make it Digital Award winners - University of Waikato Library have been blogging their experience of digitising the The British Parliamentary Papers relating to New Zealand. They've now reached the finish line! You can read about their project progress and process in previous posts.

We have reached the finish line - we are now live! Let the celebrationscommence.

The website is looking brilliant,... Read more

DigitalNZ website has been updated

Posted on 27 September 2011 by lucy!

So you will have noticed that our website just got a refresh. Hurrah! We're planning a full post on the ins-and-outs of the redesign, and what we are trying to accomplish, a little down the track. But for now we'll just let the site speak for itself, and let you explore.

We have quite a long list of things we want to come back to and improve, but are really interested in your initial reactions. What is working well, or not... Read more

Advice needed - How to digitise periodicals

Posted on 16 September 2011 by natlib

I work for a local museum in New Zealand. We many periodicals and books we would like to record onto a searchable digital database. We are looking for tips from people who have done this before - is an excel sheet a good system to record location etc? We would also like to know whether there is an easy way to digitise the actual content from periodicals etc without scanning page-by-page on a home-type scanner. Is... Read more

The final stretch: Digitising the British Parliamentary Papers relating to New Zealand

Posted on 10 August 2011 by fiona

Make it Digital Award winners - University of Waikato Library have been blogging their experience of digitising the The British Parliamentary Papers relating to New Zealand. This post describes their final sprint towards the finish line! You can read about the project progress and process in previous posts one, two and three.

It has been some time since our last update... Read more

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