Updates from DigitalNZ

New Collection: Torpedo Bay Navy Museum Medal Display

Posted on 28 August 2019 by dazmartin

We're delighted to welcome the Torpedo Bay Navy Museum as a content partner, with their Medal Display Collection now available via DigitalNZ.

This collection of over 180 images shows how they were worn by their recipient, arranged and mounted in the order they were received. Not only do the images tell a story of each recipient - Torpedo Bay Navy Museum's online archive provides detailed text information on each medal the... Read more

July 2019 newsletter

Posted on 15 July 2019 by thomasin

We send out a quarterly newsletter where we share any updates on www.digitalnz.org, research projects we're working on, staff comings and goings, and other tidbits of interest.

The newsletter currently goes out to all our content partners and we'll soon have a place where anyone who's interested can sign up.

In the meantime, you can have a read of our July 2019 newsletter here: http://createsend.com/t/j-A19D29036A1E75382540EF23F30FEDED... Read more

New content partners

Posted on 21 May 2019 by thomasin

It’s always exciting to add new content partners to the DigitalNZ whānau and we’ve been working with some wonderful institutions recently to make their collections discoverable on our site.

National Army Museum

The National Army Museum in Waiouru has an extensive collection of personal photo albums of NZ soldiers in World War I which they've been working to make available online. This collection uncovers the personal side of war and... Read more

March 2019 newsletter

Posted on 19 March 2019 by thomasin

We send out a quarterly newsletter where we share any updates on www.digitalnz.org, research projects we're working on, staff comings and goings, and other tidbits of interest.

The newsletter currently goes out to all our content partners and we'll soon have a place where anyone who's interested can sign up.

In the meantime, you can have a read of our March 2019 newsletter here:... Read more

Te Puni Kōkiri

Posted on 13 March 2019 by thomasin

We are delighted to welcome Te Puni Kōkiri as our newest content partner. Te Puni Kōkiri are the principal adviser on Māori-Crown relations and responsible for a range of areas, including te reo Māori, the environment and natural resources, as well as cultural and social issues.

One of DigitalNZ's key content priorities is "content created by and relating to Māori communities and in te reo Māori". So we are delighted to now be pointing toTe... Read more

A fresh new look

Posted on 27 February 2019 by thomasin

You may have recently noticed some changes on DigitalNZ. We've been working on the individual item pages on the site and have improved both the design and the way information is worded and expressed alongside each item.

We've redesigned the pages so that the item information on DigitalNZ is more succinct and clear. The biggest change you'll see is in how copyright information is expressed. DigitalNZ's goal has always been to "make New... Read more

GIFITUP 2017 is getting jiggy

Posted on 12 October 2017 by admin

Alice says: doh

Collection of Te Papa Tongarewa - No Known Copyright Restrictions: Alice in Wonderland (Part 1), Down the rabbit hole: she grew and grew until she had to lie down on the floor; Production W. Butcher & Sons; publisher; circa 1900; London, Sir John Tenniel; artist; circa 1865, Unknown; manufacturer(s); circa 1900; Germany... Read more

Newsflash: DigitalNZ reveals bold new moves

Posted on 20 August 2017 by admin

Kia ora koutou,

Today we have some fabulous news, and most likely you’re reading this having already spotted our very new look – how could you not?DigitalNZ is the same, but different. We’ve been in the process of adding features, improving our accessibility and as always making things easier for you to find. As you’ll see the site is looking fresh, bright and clean. You may be in shock, you may feel you’ve landed in... Read more

These are the people in your neighbourhood

DigitalNZ is expanding all the time, constantly adding wonderful content partners and their collections to our search. Our content partners are the lifeblood of our work, without the varied and stimulating New Zealand content we share we wouldn’t be the aggregator we are. And, in order to stay relevant, and to keep up with the new digital collections being developed constantly, we’re always on the look-out for new... Read more

DigitalNZ wins at the NZ Open Source Awards

DigitalNZ's NZ Open Source Award

Image: DigitalNZ's trophy at the NZ Open Source Awards at Te Papa.

On the 25th of October, a cluster of our DigitalNZ team, present and past, arrived at Te Papa for the Open Source Awards. We were finalists for the third time, and hopeful of a win.

The awards began their life in 2007, and are a biennial celebration of innovative open source projects that are licensed for reuse – a natural fit with DigitalNZ’s... Read more

Introducing beta.digitalnz.org

Posted on 22 September 2016 by fiona

Today beta.digitalnz.org says 'Kia ora world!' and takes a little bow. We're very pleased to introduce you to the work we've been undertaking over the last months and encourage you to have a click around and explore our new site.

Beta.Digitalnz.Org Home Page

This is the first small step in the journey that is refreshing and upgrading the digitalnz.org search site. You will see that the beta is a basic version of the current www.digitalnz.org. On ... Read more

Update on DigitalNZ’s big year of renovations

Posted on 06 September 2016 by fiona

As we mentioned back in March, we've got a whole lot going on this year. We're continuing to work hard on our renovation of the DigitalNZ site and services. As with many renovation projects a lot of hard work has been done “back of house”. We've been getting DigitalNZ’s infrastructure ready for the expanded functionality and we've been working on the wireframes - a blueprint that outlines the skeleton of the... Read more

Dunedin City Council Archives and the public domain

At DigitalNZ, we're always keen to see online collections with clear and consistent licensing, and we're especially interested in those collections that apply open licenses.

The Dunedin City Council Archivesis home to many fascinating records about Dunedin's history, some of which they have been digitising and uploading to Flickr over the last couple of years. We're lucky to work with them as one of our... Read more

Changes afoot in 2016

Posted on 29 March 2016 by fiona

It's April already. How did that happen? 2016 is a big year for us. We are making changes to www.digitalnz.org which will include exciting features, as well as the addition of existing National Library services into DigitalNZ. We're thinking of it as a bit of a house renovation!


Image: Malcolm and Wendy Ackerley in kitchen of their Petone home - Photograph taken by Phil Reid. Further negatives of the Evening Post newspaper. Ref:... Read more

Come to DigitalNZ's workshop in Auckland


Image: People at the DigitalNZ Day at the National Library in October 2015.

We are holding a special workshop in Auckland on Friday 26 February for our amazing content partners and any others interested in the work of DigitalNZ.

This workshop will be similar to one held last year at the National Library and will provide a chance for participants to share their thoughts on the future of DigitalNZ, where we should... Read more

Supplejack and Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

Posted on 01 December 2015 by lisa

Nga Taonga 1

Film cans stored in one of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision’s vaults (supplied by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision).

One of the most exciting things about working on an open source project is seeing other people make use of things you've made. For the last few months Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision have been using DigitalNZ’s Supplejack data harvesting and search platform to bring together their various data sources and build... Read more

3000 public sets

Do you know what is better than 2000 sets? 3000 sets! Last time we celebrated set-making on the blog, we had 2000 glorious sets. But industrious set-makers never rest, and now we reached a new milestone.

We are always intrigued and amazed at what kinds of topics people make sets about, so we've put together this special highlights package just for you.

Family history

Family history sets are a strong group in the pantheon of sets. Family... Read more

The DigitalNZ Day

Posted on 18 November 2015 by fiona

On the 15 October, over 40 people gathered at the National Library of New Zealand in Wellington, to take part in DigitalNZ Day. This day was a forum for people to share their thoughts on the future of DigitalNZ and talk about how DigitalNZ could work more collaboratively.

In the first part of the day the DigitalNZ team presented on our progress in 2015, with a deep dive into some key pieces of our work:

- Values Research;

- People... Read more

Gifs, libraries, and digital literacies

Over the last couple of months, I've had the pleasure of spending some time with the good folk at public libraries (and a couple of clubhouses) across New Zealand.

Alongside the GIF IT UP challenge that we are currently running, I developed a bunch of different animated gif-making workshops, so that librarians could learn how to make animated gifs. The sessions are designed to support participants to run their own... Read more

Introducing the DigitalNZ Concepts API

At the 2013 National Digital Forum we shared our initial linked dataexperiments. During the intervening period we have continued to explore these ideas. Today we release the first proper iteration of our Concepts API and we are very excited!We want this data service to be simple and immediately useful. Linked data has earned a reputation of having a steep learning curve. Our aim is to create a linked data API that any... Read more

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