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DigitalNZ and Museums & the Web

By Virginia.

Last year, Digital New Zealand was invited to submit a late abstract to Museums and the Web 2009 in Indianapolis. We were chuffed to have that paper accepted – and I will be heading across to present a mini-workshop and demonstration.
 
DigitalNZ is also up for a best of the web award – so watch this space. You can register and vote for us in the Best of the Web 2009 People's Choice.

What is Museums and the Web?

Museums and the Web aims to address the social, cultural, design,...

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DigitalNZ a finalist in PwC Hi-Tech Awards

By Andy.

We're quite chuffed about being a finalist in the PricewaterhouseCoopers Hi-Tech Awards, an awards programme focused on New Zealand's software, electronics, biotechnology, telecommunications and creative technology industries. We were nominated under the category of Outstanding Industry Initiative.  The other finalists in the category are eDay and The Distiller... good luck to everyone!

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Creative Commons offers new tools

By Lewis Brown.

With Creative Commons licences it's always been a bit tricky to give away content or declare it out of copyright.  Creative Commons licences rely on provisions in copyright law that firmly fix the licence to the copyright owner.  But what if you don't want to remain the copyright owner, and what if your content is not in copyright?  The Creative Commons is on to it, and will offer new tools for exactly these circumstances.

Released earlier this month is a 'CC0' (CC Zero)...

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NZ copyright status flowchart (photographs) - tell us what you think!

By Virginia.

UPDATED 7 April 2009: Thanks for all the wonderful feedback, and time taken to review. We have updated the flowchart based on your comments.

Download the updated flowchart for determining the NZ copyright status of photographs (NZ copyright flowchart in RTF, 324 KB) (NZ copyright flowchart in PDF, 62 KB)

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DigitalNZ is proud to make available the first version of a tool for determining the New Zealand copyright status of photographs for you to use and...

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So you want to start a digital content project?

By Lewis Brown.

Digital technology can give easy access to many types of content that would otherwise be difficult to make available by other methods. The best technology however cannot overcome poor decision-making and implementation, which means you should carefully consider and plan for all the stages of a digital project before you spend your first dollar in bringing it to life.

If you are thinking of kickstarting the new year with a new digitisation or content creation project, here are seven tips to...

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Digital rights and mice

By Lewis Brown.

Some of you who attended the National Digital Forum (external link) in Auckland at the end of November 2008 may have caught the discussions around copyright, public domain and Creative Commons.  We presented on one aspect of that, which was about DigitalNZ's experiences with rights statements, and how users have changed what it now means to make content accessible. We talked about that a bit in our case study of the Memory Maker, and if you want to check out our NDF presentation, the...

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We're launched!

By Courtney.

Digital New Zealand is being officially launched at an event at the National Library of New Zealand tonight (3 December 2008) at 6pm. It's been a fast and furious trip, and we wouldn't have got here without the generosity of our content providers and the hard work of a team of companies: 3Months, Boost New Media, Codec, Ideum, Aotearoa People's Network and Katipo.

If you're not with us at the launch, you can find out what's been going on in a couple of other ways:

  • Fiona and Andy from Digital...

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Joining Flickr Commons

By Andy.

The National Library of New Zealand has just launched their site on Flickr Commons, and you can read more about it here. The DigitalNZ team has a couple of team members who have been working on this, and we're really happy to share what we've learnt. If you are thinking about joining the Commons get in touch and we can share the ins-and-outs of our experience. It's a great initiative and we really recommend it. You can learn more about joining the Flickr Commons here.

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Memory Maker... a remix showcase

By Virginia.

We ran the 'Coming Home' Memory Maker campaign to demonstrate what is possible when content providers ‘free up’ selected public cultural content for people to remix with permission; and used the remix editor to deliver the content to users.

The remix editor (developed by Ideum) lets people mix together and recombine video, audio, text, music, and graphic content to create their own 60 second online video that can be saved and shared (by sending a link, or embedding a link to it on...

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