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A day in the life of Dan, the Harvester Man

By Dan.
Harvest Time

This is my first blogpost.  Hi, I'm Dan.  I'm a content analyst in the DigitalNZ team, but people around here call me "The Harvester Guy".

Most people (including me before I started here) associate the word "harvester" with those big agricultural combine harvester things. If you do a google image search for "harvester" you get a pretty awesome assortment of these machines, with all sorts of different attachments, shapes and sizes for harvesting a variety of different crops. I...

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These are a few of my favourite (Mix and Mash) things

By fiona.

I’ve recently emerged from 7 months immersed in the second Mix and Mash – the great New Zealand remix and mashup competition.  Mix and Mash challenges people to build something completely new by reusing existing NZ digital content and data. This year over 100 entrants, including an entire primary school class, vied for $50,000 in cash and prizes.  

DigitalNZ runs Mix and Mash because we want to:

  • see more New Zealand content and data used in innovative and surprising...

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Happy 3rd birthday, DigitalNZ!

By Chelsea.

Today is DigitalNZ's 3rd birthday!  The years have flown by, and yet, we find it hard to remember a time when there was no DigitalNZ. On November 11th, 2008, we took our first steps as part of the 90 year commemoration of Armistice day. Anyone remember the Coming Home search service that started it all?

A lot of decisions have been made over the years that have shaped the DigitalNZ you have come to know (and hopefully love). One of the very first decisions we ever made was deciding what...

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Visualising DigitalNZ content over time

By chris mcdowall.

Dnz By Year

DigitalNZ indexes a lot of stuff. As I type this blog post, it's midday on Friday, November 4, 2011. If I visit the DigitalNZ website and search for every item we index, I get 25,661,157 results. That's a mind-boggling number.

In preparation for a talk I'm giving at the National Digital Forum in a few weeks, I am trying to understand what exactly are the 25 million pieces of New Zealand digital content we link to. I've been asking myself questions like "How are these things distributed over...

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Educators' eyes opened at ULearn 2011

By Esther.

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Auckland Weekly News, 21 June 1939. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19390621-46-1. No known copyright.

Last week I was given the fantastic opportunity to show educators DigitalNZ and Mix and Mash at the annual ULearn conference in Rotorua.  ULearn is the largest teaching and learning conference in New Zealand with over 1800 educators in attendance.

I have presented these topics before and I am always amazed that there are some teachers who haven’t used...

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Anatomy of a Remix: How "A Grand Mother" is a grand reuse of New Zealand digital content

By Chelsea.

The video, “A Grand Mother” by Candy Elsmore, won this year’s Mix and Mash Supreme Creative Remix. We highly recommend that you check it out (you may need a box of tissues). 

It’s a beautifully told story about the pride and delight Candy’s family felt after discovering their grand mother / great grandmother, Mary Edith Aberhart, had signed the 1893 Suffrage Petition.

New Zealand’s digital content put to good (re)use

The video remixes music from band Wet Wings, photographs from Candy...

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Launched! British Parliamentary Papers. Colonies: New Zealand

By fiona.

Make it Digital Award winners - University of Waikato Library have been blogging their experience of digitising the The British Parliamentary Papers relating to New Zealand. They've now reached the finish line! You can read about their project progress and process in previous posts.

We have reached the finish line - we are now live! Let the celebrations commence. 

The website is looking brilliant, the metadata has all been loaded, the appendices have been compiled which...

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