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How to make a simple animated GIF with free software

By thomasin sleigh.

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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.


Before making our GIF, we need to make sure the content we are animating is copyright-free. Using search services such as DigitalNZ, the Digital Public Library of America, Europeana, and Trove, are easy ways to...

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Content wrap-up: April–July 2015

By ting.

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.

We are really excited to be working with the New Zealand Fashion Museum...

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Content wrap-up: Jan–March 2015

By thomasin sleigh.

What’s new on DigitalNZ? Well, we’re glad you asked. This year we thought we’d post a quarterly content wrap-up to let you know what excellent new collections we’ve been working with and what new content you can find on DigitalNZ.

New content in the first quarter of 2015 was varied: videos, research papers, data, and artwork.

It’s not every day we are approached to harvest content entitled ‘Burlesque Brain’! But we were delighted when University of Otago’s Department of Anatomy got in...

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Creative reuse and digital collections

By thomasin sleigh.

Here at DigitalNZ we’ve been circling the problem of creative reuse of digital collections for a number of years now. Needless to say, it’s a tricky one.

We’ve run competitions to encourage and celebrate the reuse of openly licensed content: Mix & Mash, and most recently, GIF IT UP, a GIF-making competition we ran with the Digital Public Library of America. Whilst these have been successful and people have made excellent entries, we’ve often run up against problems.

This blog post is...

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Metadata battles

By thomasin sleigh.

Here at DigitalNZ we enjoy an end-of-year Christmas list as much as the next person. This year we thought we could turn our data-obsessed eyes towards the metadata of our excellent content partners and compare and contrast their collections.

Who has the most “cats” in their collection? And who has the most "Christmas"?

These are serious questions that call for answers!

If you are a bit confused by the word ‘metadata’, this simply means the information which describes a digital item. For...

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GIF IT UP winners

By thomasin sleigh.

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What an excellent way to finish a busy year at DigitalNZ—with a showcase of awesome GIFs made from copyright-free images! The past couple of months we’ve had a lot of fun running the GIF IT UP competition with our good friends at the Digital Public Library of America. We’ve been amazed by all the creative and ingenious entries and want to thank everyone who entered their work.

You can browse all the GIFs at the GIF IT UP Tumblr gallery.

All the entries have now been judged by our esteemed...

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By thomasin sleigh.

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It’s a public domain celebration! The Digital Public Library of America and DigitalNZ are holding GIF IT UP, an international competition over the next six weeks (13 October–1 December, Eastern) to find the best GIFs reusing public domain and openly licensed digital video, images, text, and other material available via our search portals. Winners will have their work featured and celebrated online at the Public Domain Review and also on Smithsonian.com.  Pretty sweet, huh?


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Emerging Pixels and DigitalNZ

By thomasin sleigh.

We’re excited to be collaborating with Digital Art Live on their Emerging Pixels programme this year. Emerging Pixels is a chance for students to develop and deliver an interactive work for the large screen in the Aotea Centre (see the image below). You can check out previous Emerging Pixels works here.

Digital Art Live

We’re encouraging creative technologies students to use openly licensed content from DigitalNZ in their work, and/or build something fun and creative using the DigitalNZ Application...

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2000 sets

By thomasin sleigh.

Do you know who's making amazing sets on DigitalNZ? You guys are!


Image: Weraroa Cricket Club awards presentation, August 1971. Kete Horowhenua. CC-BY-NC-SA.

Oh yes, today we reached 2000 searchable sets on DigitalNZ, so we thought we'd list some of funniest, biggest, and most colourful sets that have been made over the two years that sets have been available on DigitalNZ—plus some other categories that we just made up for fun.

It's like a mini Oscars ceremony just for sets! Let us begin:


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Nips, tucks, and refreshes

By thomasin sleigh.

If you are a regular www.digitalnz.org visitor, you’ll have noticed a few changes we’ve been rolling out on the site over the last six months or so. We thought it’d be helpful to let you know what we’ve been up to, and also ask for any feedback or thoughts you have about these changes.


Firstly, at the end of last year, we worked with our amazing developers Boost New Media and designers Clicksuite, and made www.digitalnz.org mobile and tablet friendly. Before, it was tricky trying to...

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