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Come along to the DigitalNZ Day - 15 Oct 2015

By fiona.

The DigitalNZ team and the DigitalNZ Advisory Board would like to invite you to a full-day workshop at the National Library of New Zealand in Wellington, on Thursday 15 October. (This is the day after the National Digital Forum). 

The workshop will be a forum for new ideas, a chance to share your thoughts on the future of DigitalNZ and an opportunity to discuss how we can work more closely with you. DigitalNZ content partners, and anyone with an interest in our work, are very...

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How to create an animated GIF using GIMP software

By thomasin sleigh.

Gif It Up Banner 2015 6 With Europeana Trove Label

The GIF IT UP challenge is back 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.


1. FIND AN IMAGE

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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How to make an animated GIF from a stereograph

By thomasin sleigh.

Gif It Up Banner 2015 6 With Europeana Trove Label

The GIF IT UP challenge is back 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.

Stereographs were a type of photograph popular in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. They were initially created by taking a photograph, slightly shifting the camera, and taking another photograph of the same scene. When...

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How to make a simple animated GIF with free software

By thomasin sleigh.

Gif It Up Banner 2015 6 With Europeana Trove Label

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.


1. FIND AN IMAGE

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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GIF IT UP

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?

To...

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