Announcing the Make It Digital Award recipients

DigitalNZ is delighted to announce that the Make It Digital Awards will be making some excellent New Zealand content easier to find, share and use.

We put together a top notch panel of judges to take on the unenviable task of selecting the winners from the 10 really interesting entries.

The Make it Digital Judges:

Jock Phillips: Jock is the General Editor of the Te Ara - The Online Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Jock is also the author of A man’s country? and other published works in New Zealand history. He took up the gauntlet to create the world’s first born-digital national encylopedia after many years as a historian teaching at Victoria University of Wellington (where he founded the Stout Research Centre) and serving as Chief Historian for the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

Adrian Kingston: Adrian is Collections Information Manager Digital Assets and Development at Te Papa, he is responsible for the development of the Museum's Collection Information System, work with thesauri and controlled vocabulary, management of the Museum's digital assets, and getting Te Papa's collections out into the digital world. Adrian has been at Te Papa since 2001, working in the Art and Photography collections before moving into Collections Information in 2004.

Virginia Gow: Virginia is DigitalNZ’s Content Manager. She has worked on digital initiatives at the National Library of New Zealand since 2005, specialising in collaborations across the cultural heritage sector such as Matapihi, and web content development. Prior to working at the National Library, she was a production editor for Te Ara, the online encyclopedia of New Zealand.

The Make it Digital Judges went through rigorous selection process that included:

  1. Checking for basic entry requirements
  2. A pre-selection assessment against the award criteria
  3. Prioritisation using the Make it Digital Scorecard

And the winners are:

Digitisation of Nelson Photo News – Microfilm sub-committee of the Friends of the Nelson Library
Nelson Photo News is a rare and unique photographic record of life in the Nelson region in the early 1960s and 1970s.

Our judges said:
While this is a regional project we believe it will provide access to pictorial content from a period that is not commonly available online. Therefore, it will have significance to New Zealanders and contribute to a wider understanding of our culture and heritage. The project process has been well thought out and you have demonstrated significant community support. We were also pleased to note the discussion and understanding of rights and licensing issues.

Despatches from Down Under: The papers of the New Zealand colony – from and to the British Colonial Office - University of Waikato Library
The British Parliamentary Papers (BPP) are a significant source of important and largely untapped information about New Zealand in the mid-nineteenth century. They comprise reports, correspondence and other documentation sent to the Government in Britain and cover all aspects of life and events in the colony at the time.

Our judges said:
This project has significance to New Zealanders and will contribute to a wider understanding of our culture and heritage. The project process has also been well thought out and demonstrated community support via the Make It Digital voting tool. Judges also noted that this content will complement other digitisation efforts that are in progress.

These two projects will be providing updates and reports through Make it Digital so that we can follow their progress and learn from real life digitisation projects.

We wish all of the Make it Digital entrants the very best with progressing their projects.

DigitalNZ is more than happy to give advice about digitisation projects via Make it Digital. We’d love to hear from you!