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New wildlife on DigitalNZ

By Jane.

Green Gecko (Naultinus Elegans)

Green Gecko (Naultinus elegans) (CC BY-NC)

Just under an hour's drive north from Wellington City is Nga Manu Nature Reserve. The 13 hectare site is the largest single remaining remanent of original coastal lowland swamp forest on the Kapiti Coast. Inhabitants are Kiwi, Tuatara, Gecko, Skinks, Wetas, Morepork, Tui, Kereru and many other scaly, furry or feathered friends. The grounds are covered with over 700 different species of native trees and plants.

Golden Bell Frog

Golden Bell Frog (Litoria raniformis),...

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Good digital citizens explore, remix and attribute

By Jane.

This winter, we took part in a fun digital citizenship symposium with the year 9s at Samuel Marsden Collegiate. It's all about safety, community, respect and ethics for growing up with modern technology. 

The umbrella of digital citizenship tends to encompass privacy, online profile awareness, safety, digital security, cyber bullying, netiquette, the law, access and media literacy. Samuel Marsden organised two days of conference style workshops and activities, and a third...

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So many sets

By Jane.

It's been 58 days since we launched the Sets function on our site. This morning we arrived to find that more than 500 individual, publicly listed sets have been lovingly created. (The 500th is about Sir Graham Henry)

What are people making sets about?

After a rummage through online records, people like to make sets that are:

  • Funny and quirky: Appreciating old things in a new context.
  • Visually pleasing, arty and creative: Pulling together beautiful but disparate items, telling a...

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Introducing version 3 of the DigitalNZ API

By chris mcdowall.

We recently made a series of changes to the technology that powers DigitalNZ, including introducing a new version of our developer API. The changes in the API combine requests made by developers with improvements we wanted to make use of in our own applications. The version 3 documentation is available on the developers section of DigitalNZ. We will continue to support version 1 and 2 of the API for the foreseeable future, but we encourage people to move existing applications to version 3 to...

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Moving Make it Digital

By fiona.

Make it Digital is DigitalNZ’s one-stop shop for questions about creating digital content. From next week Make It Digital will move home to the DigitalNZ website. Don’t worry though, we’ll have redirects set up so you will still be able to link through to your favourite Make It Digital Guides sitting in DigitalNZ.

We’ll be continuing the Ask a Question service. This is where you can seek advice about any aspect of digital content creation and we find an answer (or find someone who can...

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DigitalNZ Sets are here

By Jane.

DigitalNZ has a nifty new collecting function. You can now group your favourite things from over 25 million items, and more than120 content partners, together into one useful place. 

One of the exciting things about the digital age is traversing a sea of online content, selecting your choice cuts, and then expressing your personal taste to others. Now you can use your curatorial instincts on DigitalNZ and share your own selections of historically significant New Zealand content...

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Best format for keeping email ephemera?

By natlib.
In my job i need to save copies of invitations sent via email as they constitute 'ephemera'. The invitations are not attachments but actually in the body of the email itself. I'm really hoping to get some advice as to what format i should save them in. Is it best to simply save them as HTML or to convert them to something like PDF? Even a short term solution would be most helpful as they are starting to mount up! Many thanks.

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Copyright

By natlib.
Hi - If you have permission of the publisher to digitise copies of a magazine do you also need permission of the individual authors of each article ?If a the magazine is 50 years old it could be hard to track authors down, are there alternatives to getting their (or their decendants) express permission since they would seem the be incredibly hard to find.Thanks

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Mashup Bay of Plenty’s 2012 success

By Jane.

3484 Mashup ImageDuring the last weekend of March, Bruce Fraser and the good people at Bay of Plenty Regional Council joined partners and sponsors to hold their second successful data Mashup competition for secondary school students. 

Mashup 2012 was a chance for local students to rise to the challenge and build new tools for real world scenarios, and all in just one weekend. Twelve teams of up to five pupils gathered at the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic’s Bongard Centre to create their entries. They were...

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