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Nelson Photo News Launched

Posted on 09 August 2011 by fiona

Make it Digital Award winners - The Friends of the Nelson Library Microfilm Sub-committee have been blogging their experience of working collaboratively to digitise the Nelson Photo News. This, their last post, tells us the happy news about their launch. You can read previous posts about the digitisation project process and progress here and here.

After a long gestation Nelson Photo News on-line was finally launched to an... Read more


Ehancement of text in pdfs

Posted on 20 May 2011 by natlib

I have a number of documents in pdf format that have been created from scans and ocr's . There are Vietnam era and were originally typed on thin paper and are not the most legible. Can your software enhance these pdf files to them more legible ??

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Unfortunately improving the legibility of digital scans is most easily done at the time the scan. Depending on the type of issue,... Read more


materials from overseas public domain

Posted on 25 April 2011 by natlib

Can I publish on my website materials which are in the US and UK public domain? If the material is from overseas public domain would the New Zealand copyright/public domain laws apply to me and how?

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Whilst I'm not providing you with advice on this issue (legal advice or otherwise), the likelihood of something adverse happening through your assuming that material in the... Read more


Encoding Schemes for eBooks

Posted on 02 March 2011 by natlib

Hi 'Make it Digital', I would be very grateful if any one could recommend an encoding scheme (http://kete.digitalnz.org/help/topics/show/16-useful-resources) for eBooks? Supplychain metadata (ONIX etc) is well-established but there appears to be a lack of vocabularies for structured markup at a granular level. The emphasis on the scheme is external - i.e. looking out to APIs like DigitalNZ - rather than for any internal content... Read more


Nearly there - digitising the British Parliamentary Papers relating to New Zealand

Posted on 15 December 2010 by fiona

Make it Digital Award winners - University of Waikato Library are blogging their experience of digitising the The British Parliamentary Papers relating to New Zealand: Work has been proceeding apace on all aspects of the project. The scanning is all done. Thanks NZ Micrographics!

Here in Hamilton at the University of Waikato Library, two teams have been beavering away.

Waikato University Library Team

The... Read more


Copyright of photographed artworks

Posted on 14 December 2010 by natlib

Hi.I'm currently involved in a project creating a short animated film from exisitng art works (paintings from Rembrandt, Caivaggio, Rapheal etc). Many photos of these works can be found on the internet but what is the situation regarding copyright of these images? Obviously the artists have been dead for well over 70 years allowing the works to fall into 'Public domain' but is there an issue with the copyright of the scan... Read more


Finding Public Domain Mozart for Community Project

Posted on 01 December 2010 by natlib

Can someone set out how to find and go about this for a community project? We want to play Mozart using a small mp3 player, amplifier and speakers to reduce crime in our community.

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Hi there - We know of three reputable online sources of public domain classical music that allow you to download and play MP3s and other formats of recordings of Mozart and other... Read more


Digitising School Magazines

Posted on 23 November 2010 by natlib

We would like to digitise our archive of school magazines and I was wondering if you could advise how best to get assistance with this. Clare Gleeson, Librarian, Queen Margaret College, Wellington

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Hi Clare - This sounds like a great project. I'm assuming you are wanting to make the magazines available online or through some similar form of digital access. Have a look through our... Read more


API Enhancement brings geotagging to search results

Posted on 15 October 2010 by lucy!

Geotags for search results are now being returned in the Search Records API. We're still updating the docs, but the field is called geo_co_ords and it returns a semicolon-separated list of lat,lng pairs.

This means you can finally create awesome google maps of locomotives with the DigitalNZ API.

You can even jump to a street view (drag the small orange humanoid from the top left onto the map pin) and see... Read more


Enabling Remix - how to make your content available for Mix and MashNZ

Posted on 13 October 2010 by fiona

We've been talking to all our wonderful content providers about making content available for reuse in the upcoming Mix and Mash Competition - due to launch on 3 November 2010.

This post outlines the 4 small steps to get onboard and make content easily available through DigitalNZ for Mix and Mash.

Step 1) Read the Make It Digital Remix Guide : We have just published a guide which... Read more


Great progress digitising the British Parliamentary Papers relating to New Zealand

Posted on 07 October 2010 by fiona

Make it Digital Award winners - University of Waikato Library are blogging their experience of digitising the The British Parliamentary Papers relating to New Zealand.

We have been making steady progress with the digitisation of the British Parliamentary papers relating to New Zealand. New Zealand Micrographics were selected to scan and OCR the papers for us and this new... Read more


Commercial Web Software

Posted on 04 October 2010 by natlib

Could you give me some examples of good commercial software for building an archive website. The site would contain images and text (separate and combined) and perhaps sound; video would be best linked to YouTube (ideally through an iframe). An enlargement option should be available for images and text. Search by filename, metadata and description is imperative. eCommerce is desirable but not essential. Uploading should be relatively... Read more


James K Baxter Poems

Posted on 17 September 2010 by natlib

Hi, I am trying to find some poems of James K Baxter for a school NCEA internal. Is this the right place to be looking? And if so how do I go about it? Thanks Heaps!!

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Hi there, This isn't really the right place to be looking - we provide advice about creating digital content. We suggest visiting http://www.anyquestions.co.nz to ask your question. This a is a free online reference service... Read more


Scanning Resolution

Posted on 12 September 2010 by natlib

My scanner sets an output resolution at 300 dpi for a slide scanned to output dimensions of 6" x 4" - producing a file of about 6MB. I'm scanning family slides & negs to be used either as prints, say 6x4, or for showing on computer or data show. Is this sufficient or should I scan at a higher resolution (which I can set in the output screen)? Thank you.

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Our Creating guide has a formula... Read more


Nelson Photo News Project Now in Full Swing

Posted on 06 September 2010 by fiona

Make it Digital Award winners - The Friends of the Nelson Library Microfilm Sub-committee are blogging their experience of working collaboratively to digitise the Nelson Photo News. You can read their other posts here and here.

Following many years of fundraising, digitisation of the Nelson Photo News by the Nelson Library Microfilm Subcommittee is now in full swing.

Once we had secured sufficient funding, the... Read more


DC in describing element on photograph

Posted on 01 September 2010 by natlib

I have a question regarding describing an element on the photo. I need to create a digital collection of houseplants but there are some things that are unclear when using DC.

For example I have taken a photo of Aloe Vera plant and I need to describe the plant and not the photo. What should I write in DC type field, source field, relation and coverage fields? I am also unclear to what to write in the format field. I am... Read more


How does copyright get added to public domain images?

Posted on 16 August 2010 by natlib

Museums and galleries have plenty of photographs from the 19th C that are clearly in the public domain. I've been told that the mere act of scanning the photo enables the museum to slap their own copyright on the photo in postcards, coffee-table books, and the like. That doesn't seem like an "act of creation": how much alteration of the original image would be required before the museum could claim... Read more


Building a Website on the DigitalNZ API

Posted on 11 August 2010 by lucy!

pre { color: #044; background:white; border: 0px solid black; padding: 5px; margin: 0; line-height:18px !important; font-size:12px; } td { vertical-align: top; } pre.left { border:0; color: green; background:none; font: 12px 'Trebuchet MS',Helvetica, Arial, 'Liberation Sans', FreeSans, sans-serif !important; font-style: italic !important; line-height:18px !important; text-align:right; padding-right:0; } pre a {... Read more

Nelson Photo News - Make it Digital Award Project Update

Posted on 09 August 2010 by fiona

This is the first in a series of posts from our second Make it Digital Award winners - The Friends of the Nelson Library Microfilm Sub-committee. The Make it Digital award winners are sharing their real life experience of getting their digitisation projects off the ground.You can read their other posts here and here.

Nelson Photo News Issue no 30 Apr 27 1963 Nelson Photo News. 1963, Nelson N.Z. : Logan:30 (Apr 27)

The first run of the... Read more


Buying a film & slide scanner

Posted on 02 August 2010 by natlib

Hi, I have been scanning all my pre-digital camera prints (family etc) using a flat-bed scanner, 300 dpi, to TIF files. I would now like to address the slides (especially ones I've inherited from my dad) and some of the film negatives that remain (especially where prints have deteriorated but the negatives are in good condition). I realize it's a much slower process that scanning prints. I understand that I could buy another... Read more


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