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Transferring Oral Histories from cassette to digital

Posted on 22 September 2009 by natlib

HI, my question is what would be the best practices for transferring a cassette recording into a digital one? What type of files should be created? Thanks


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Converting analogue audio into digital requires a bit of planning along with some trial and error if you want to get a good result. Apart from the limitations of the original recording, quality depends on... Read more

What we're working on: DigitalNZ plans for Wave 4

Posted on 21 September 2009 by lucy!

In making this post I feel like DigitalNZ has reached a milestone. For the first time we are releasing our 12-week plan of work. Going forward, expect to hear a lot more detail about how we see the DigitalNZ services evolving. And take it as read that we want to hear your comment and feedback. The good, the bad, the ugly. Let us know whether you think we're hitting the mark or not. We'll keep the info fairly... Read more

Conservation content goes live

Posted on 17 September 2009 by lewis

Just in time for Conservation week (13-20 September), we are pleased to welcome the Department of Conservation as our newest DigitalNZ content provider.

DoC have started the ball rolling with around 2000 'meaty' pages of content from http://www.doc.govt.nz/ - including place, track, and species information; historic sites; Meet the Locals videos; and publications.

Try a search for conservation to see the range of content DoC... Read more

HackFest: the Christchurch edition

Posted on 15 September 2009 by jo e

We decided to take the DigitalNZ API HackFest on the road to Christchurch.

We started at 10am and fueled ourselves with chocolate, chippies and cola. By lunchtime, Peter W had a working version of a DigitalNZ iPhone search app going!

After a lunch of pizza and some great conversation, the coding began again.

Late in the afternoon, we cracked open some beer and talked about DigitalNZ. By the end of the day, in addition to... Read more

Beating the brittle with digital

Posted on 09 September 2009 by lewis brown

In the darkened shelves or back rooms of many libraries sit a set of old nineteenth century law books that are seldom allowed into the public eye. Although New Zealand's paper stocks have generally been of a better quality than in the U.S., for a period through the 1880s and 1890s our law statutes were printed on low quality acidic paper. Today these are so brittle that just turning the pages of many editions causes them to... Read more

Digitising maps and construction/ architectural designs

Posted on 02 September 2009 by natlib

What is the best way to go about digitising maps and construction/architectural designs for including as part of an online digital library? I've been asked by a project what is the best way to digitize architectural drawings and maps that are larger than what most scanners can handle in preparation of loading them into online collection. What options should I consider? [Asked by Walter on 2 September... Read more

How does the recipe search powered by DigitalNZ work?

Posted on 18 August 2009 by lewis

The DigitalNZ recipe search is made using our free search builder application. It helps you find content related to the Bake it Digital campaign.

Making a search tool is really easy - you can make one on any topic you like, and bring up results from any Digital New Zealand content sources.

Making a search

Here's how we used the tool to make the recipe search. We:

1) Decided to just include certain types... Read more

Should I insert metadata like names and places into digital photo files?

Posted on 13 August 2009 by natlib

Should I insert metadata like names and places into digital photos (for example, as EXIF tags in the JPEG files)? Or am I better to leave my digital photos in their original form and maintain metadata alongside them (for example, as part of the iPhoto library)? IN 50 years, what will seem like the better choice for a typical computer user? Thanks in advance.


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What's in a (file)name?

Posted on 10 August 2009 by lewis brown

In the news recently was the revelation that researchers in Japan are working on a digital 'Rosetta stone' to back up your digital data for 1000 years. If all that content however is poorly named and organised, the nightmare won't be hardware failure but the inability to find anything - and it won't take 1000 years to be a problem. It has been predicted that by 2011 over 60 billion digital photos will be taken annually. That's a lot of... Read more

DigitalNZ HackFest - Christchurch

Posted on 10 August 2009 by jo e

The first DigitalNZ HackFest in Christchurch is coming up soon. We're running it from Cii/powerHouse, thanks to their kind sponsorship!

powerHouse 10am-5pm, Saturday 12 September 2009 Canterbury Innovation Incubator/powerHouse 200 Armagh St, Christchurch Come along and

Make nice stuff using the DigitalNZ API Whip up some code samples to help other developers kick-start their own DigitalNZ API creations Consume pizza, beer and sugary... Read more

Crown Copyright - digitisation

Posted on 29 July 2009 by natlib

Can anyone point me to details on the use of Crown Copyright? I am trying to determine if a 1969 DSIR publication is available to digitise and make publicly available. It is assumed to be Crown copyright and I understand Crown copyright material is fairly freely available for republication but I cannot find anything official which says this! Warrick Taylor PN City Library


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Help! Cultural institutions meet Wikimedians - Part II

Posted on 28 July 2009 by virginia

Just over a week until GLAM-WIKI in Canberra on the 6-7 August, a workshop on how cultural institutions can work together with the Wikimedia community (and vice versa). Can you help?

In preparation for GLAM-WIKI, participants have been asked to answer a series of questions – and I thought the Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums within the DigitalNZ community might like to take a collaborative stab... Read more

DigitalNZ Search - Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

Posted on 27 July 2009 by jo e

Just in time for Māori Language Week, the DigitalNZ search interface is now also available in Te Reo Māori.

This bilingual interface also extends to all customised searches - new and existing.

DigitalNZ APIs in action

Posted on 26 July 2009 by virginia

One of the best ways to explain the benefits of having an open API (Application Programming Interface) to data in the DigitalNZ discovery system is to show it in use. What’s an API? In short, it’s a way for software applications to ‘talk to’ each other, and a way for developers to ‘talk to’ applications. We use an API to share data with other applications.

The Indicommons website summarises it like this:

"Open APIs allow services... Read more

Bake it Digital NZ, and be in to win

Posted on 23 July 2009 by lewis

* UPDATED * Congratulations Cle0patra - winner of the prize draw! If you want to keep uploading recipes, no problem. They will still appear in our special recipe search.


Create a digital version of a handwritten or personally typed recipe with a New Zealand connection and be in to win!

As you may have seen from our various tweets and posts, last week DigitalNZ baked. Analogue is NOT AS HARD AS IT SEEMS. We did good.

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Cultural institutions meet Wikimedians

Posted on 21 July 2009 by virginia

In a couple of weeks I’m heading across the Tasman ditch to attend GLAM-WIKI in Canberra on the 6-7 August, and I have some questions for you.

According to the latest message from the event organisers, this will be “the first time anywhere in the world where Wikimedians and the cultural sector will come together to talk with rather than about each other”. Exciting.

(For those of you not aware, Wikimedians are people... Read more

The great bake-off

Posted on 20 July 2009 by jo e

Last week, team members from DigitalNZ got together and spent a morning making and decorating gingerbread librarians.

These goodies were our soldiers in an epic battle against another team to win one of three bake-off titles. Victory was ours - DigitalNZ won the 'Best Take on a Classic' category for the gingerbread Gingerbrarians.

The whole thing has inspired something we're calling Bake it Digital.

The moon landing

Posted on 20 July 2009 by jo e

The first manned moon landing was 40 years ago today.

You can search DigitalNZ for moon-related stuff here:

Search: The Moon

Powered by DigitalNZ

Here's the best thing I've found with it: Mr J.H. Berry plotting the course of Apollo 11 carrying Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin & Michael Collins. Fri. July 18, 1969 - Horowhenua Historical Society.

Whose books? Google's books.

Posted on 17 July 2009 by lewis brown

In a little over six weeks time the doors will close on all authors and publishers wanting to opt out of the Google books settlement, the US-based class action lawsuit. The settlement, once finalised, will provide one-time compensation from Google in exchange for a licence for Google to use and sell every in-copyright book they have digitised, whether the authors are known or not.

Google's red book. Photo credit: Ruben Vermeersch, Flickr

Photo credit: Ruben Vermeersch, Flickr

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Calling NZ Flickr groups

Posted on 16 July 2009 by virginia

** Updated 6 November 2009 **

Digital New Zealand is really interested in sharing information about photos/videos from Flickr group members through our discovery services, including http://search.digitalnz.org/ and our developer APIs.

We are a publicly funded initiative helping to make New Zealand-related digital content easier to find, share and use. The team is based in the National Library of New Zealand in Wellington.

The way it... Read more

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