Content scope, principles and priorities


Scope of content in DigitalNZ Search

DigitalNZ makes New Zealand digital content easier to find, share, and use, and we are adding more content all the time. 

We will consider adding content to our search service if it helps us meet that goal. Submitted content has to have a connection and relevance to New Zealand Aotearoa. So,

  • It's about New Zealand, New Zealanders, or New Zealand subjects and issues, or
  • It was created in NZ, or 
  • It was made by a NZer or a NZ community, or
  • It has a connection to a notable NZer.

Also, new content has to have metadata (machine readable content descriptions) that point to a freely accessible object. Right now, our public service doesn't include indexes or finding aids for physical, real-world stuff. We also need to be able to access the digital objects with out authentication or passwords. Free to access digital images, sound files, videos, multimedia files, and authored text (like web pages and documents) are the kind of things we're looking for. 

2016/17 Content Priorities

In 2016/17 our major priority is refreshing DigitalNZ’s search experience and adding a range of new features. Our small team is focusing in on all the work required to meet these goals

Therefore, until the development of the new services is complete, we will only be proactively approaching new content partners in the following high value areas:

  • Collections that encourage others to use their metadata, without written permission, by providing open access to their metadata.
  • Maori and Pacific material
  • Science and environment 
  • Openly licensed content—to enable reuse of NZ’s digital content.
  • Varieties of formats: audio, video, 3D design, e-books, data & statistics, maps & online journals.
  • Content sources that support our partners’ use of the API, such as CEISMIC, WW100 and Asia Pacific.
  • Internationally held New Zealand content.
  • Commercial Use Metadata: if the metadata can be used commercially we will prioritise it in our harvesting workflow.

Prioritisation Process:

If we are approached directly by potential content partners we will respond to them promptly and prioritise the work in line with the following principles:

We're aiming to making NZ content easier to find, share, and use, and these things help. So if your content meets all of these principles then it will be high in our "to do" list.

  • Your organisation accepts the terms of use for contributing metadata.
  • The content can be reused. We have an enabling reuse guide.
  • The content has metadata we can automatically include. Auto-updating XML sitemaps, RSS, or OAI-PMH complient feeds mean we can keep your content up to date.
  • Both the digital objects and metadata are good quality. For example, there should be links to your (re)use and reproduction conditions, links to thumbnails when they're needed, and no watermarks on the content. Good metadata makes your content more findable.
  • The content is a publicly funded creation and cannot currently be found easily online.
  • The content fills a demonstrable gap in our current results. For example, there are already people searching for it on DigitalNZ, something similar isn't already available, or the content is particularly unique in some way.
  • The content's metadata can be (re)used for commercial and non-commercial purposes.
  • Access to large thumbnails and/or high resolution images is allowed.

We consider all content suggestions that fit into our scope, but it has to at least meet some of these principles. If we agree to harvest your metadata, we may ask that you commit to ongoing improvements to your site, content, and/or metadata so that it will meet more of the DigitalNZ content principles. We're always really happy to provide advice that will help you do this.

[Updated November 2016 to include our 2016/17 Content Priorities]