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Mix & Mash 2013 is here!

By Jane.

Mini Mix And MashDigitalNZ is a proud organiser of this year's Mix & Mash: The New Storytelling. We're joining our friends at Creative Commons Aotearoa and the National Library to bring you a three-part program of remix and mashup greatness. The first submission window is officially open!

You have until 10 May 2013 to submit a compelling story for prizes and publicity. It must must remix or mashup New Zealand open content or data and tell us something entertaining, useful, and/or beautiful about the...

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The new 'gallery view' and searchable sets

By Jane.

Searching on DigitalNZ just got a whole lot better. Now when we show you image results they are tiled down the page in a continuously loading stream.

Tiling items together helps eyes focus on the visual aspect of the records, rather than just the title or descriptive information. We hope that the useful and beautiful items you're looking for jump out easily now. It's a visually exquisite way of exploring the collections from our 120+ content...

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In the spotlight: Papers Past – National Library of New Zealand

By ting.

The Papers Past website contains more than two million pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. The collection covers the years 1839 to 1945 and includes 77 publications from all regions of New Zealand. DigitalNZ harvests and points to items from these publications, which means more than 24 million pieces of content from Papers Past on our API. 

We have found many Newspapers items about the upcoming Wellington Anniversary on Monday. The first Wellington Anniversary was...

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In the spotlight: Upper Hutt City Library

By ting.

Happy 2013 and a brand new year is waiting for us to fulfill!

From our long to do list of this year, we present you the freshly harvested collections from Upper Hutt City Library. Over time, they have provided us with increasing amounts of content. Digital NZ is now proudly pointing to both the Newspaper Archive collection and Heritage Collection - adding up to over 70,000 items in total. 20,000 new items brought in are available for sharing and remix under a Creative Commons Attribution...

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Happy holidays from DigitalNZ

By ting.

Season’s greetings! Christmas is just round the corner! The year of 2013 is also getting closer.


Our Scrum Christmas tree and presents festively display all the tasks we've completed this year. It was full year and the results are satisfying.
Thank you to all our 120+ Content Partners for helping us make New Zealand digital content easy to find, share and use.
We will see you next year with more exciting DigitalNZ developments.
Have a wonderful and safe holiday everyone!

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So many sets (take two)

By Jane.

In August we listed the top fifty most visited sets in celebration of having 500 of them tucked away. Now there are over 1600 public sets out there so here is the top 50 list take two... 

1. Awkward Portraits 

2. What Have You Come As? 

3. Margaret Mahy 

4. 50 Shades Of Grey 

5. Come hither 

6. Te Atatu - newcomer

7. Woman on left, leaning on table  

8. Foot Models 

9. First World War Newspaper Timeline 

10. The Irish In Nz 

11. ...

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Europeana joins DigitalNZ

By Jane.

More than 1000 records were added to DigitalNZ last week from collections across Europe, and this is all made possible by the incredible Europeana portal. We're pretty thrilled to have them as a new content partner, not to mention their listings of books, images, film and research about NZ from far off places.

Europeana provides a search service or 'access point' across thousands of digital collections. And like us, they go a step further to make the data about all these items available...

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Mix & Mash 2013: The New Storytelling

By Jane.

Mix Brown RgbDigitalNZ is proudly announcing this week that we are partnering with Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand and the National Library of New Zealand to bring you Mix & Mash again in 2013

Mix & Mash comprised of large multi-category competitions in 2010 and 2011, then 2012 was a year of supporting other organisations to run their own remix or mashup initiatives. Next year will be all about "The New Storytelling" using open New Zealand content. Instead of one large...

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Reel Choice iPhone app

By Jane.

Reel Choice Logo

Today NZ On Screen and NZ Film Commission launched their latest offering for Kiwi film, TV and music videos buffs. The new Reel Choice iPhone app brings you fresh content from NZ On Screen - the online showcase of Aotearoa screen culture. It was built by Boost New Media and is proudly powered by the DigitalNZ API

The app is a sampler for over 2000 titles, including our own office favourite Goodnight Kiwi

Reel Choice

The Goodnight Kiwi ending a day's broadcast, NZ On Screen.


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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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