About DigitalNZ

DigitalNZ is the search site for all things New Zealand. We connect you to reliable digital collections from our content partners: libraries, museums, galleries, government departments, the media, community groups, and others.

Discover more than 30 million digital items from more than 200 organisations on any topic, all for free. You'll find interviews, video, newspaper clippings, maps, photographs, audio, and artworks from past centuries to today.

Why?

Seeing the quantity of digital information proliferating online, DigitalNZ began in 2008 with a purpose: to bring the wealth of Aotearoa's digital content into one easily searchable place. Our mandate is to help make New Zealand content easier to find, share, and use, and to be the simplest public website through which people can access reliable New Zealand material, some of which is trickier to find in other search engines.

Collect items and share your research

While exploring DigitalNZ you can select items and save them into one place, as a Story. Stories allow you to group information, add titles and text, and organise your items as you like. Create as many Stories as you want, about any subject, in a way that works for you.

It's easy to share content with friends, family and classmates. You can share items and link to your Stories through Facebook and Twitter. Learn more about collecting and sharing on DigitalNZ.

What else do we do?

DigitalNZ's API (application programming interface) is an integral part of our work to share NZ content freely. The API acts as a key to content on DigitalNZ; it's a way developers can simply plug-in and extract information from our site for their own use. Our API is free to use and is loved by programmers all over the world. 

In addition to our API, we add metadata to our collections through our own, purpose-built tool, Supplejack. Supplejack gathers and arranges metadata simply from the collections we share on DigitalNZ. This diagram gives a sense of how content is ingested and made available via the API:

Magic hat diagram

We're a digital service, and we've collaborated with, and run many initiatives over the years to support wider awareness and use of digital collections. We support:

  • the National Digital Forum (NDF), donating time to help organise the annual conference
  • GIF IT UP, a yearly competition that encourages creative reuse of digital collections to make GIFs
  • Impkt Tools, a new resource run by Europeana to help the cultural sector measure its impact
  • Make It Digital, a guide the National Library developed to assist people to make digitization choices