Calling NZ Flickr groups

** Updated 6 November 2009 **

Digital New Zealand is really interested in sharing information about photos/videos from Flickr group members through our discovery services, including and our developer APIs.

We are a publicly funded initiative helping to make New Zealand-related digital content easier to find, share and use. The team is based in the National Library of New Zealand in Wellington.

The way it works is that we collect information (metadata) about photos/videos and other media and link back to them – so more people discover them on Flickr. We use the Flickr API to do this, and only link to public photos/videos.

Benefits include greater visibility of your work, and the ability for people to find your images alongside over a million other digital resources from New Zealand collections, including Te Papa and the National Library. You can see an example of what results look like in DigitalNZ here.

We are getting in touch with as many New Zealand groups as possible asking them to participate – starting with the ones listed in the NZ ~ Aotearoa discussion. You don’t need to do anything except say yes. If you are willing to help us bring greater awareness of New Zealand content, please post a message in your Discussion threads and let us know.

We will monitor your Discussion thread for comments and respond to any questions before starting to collect metadata in *a week* from the date the notice is posted (assuming there are no problems raised by your members). We can also take content out very easily if any issues are raised after then.

Once the metadata is in the Digital New Zealand system, it will be available through and the developer APIs. We notify search users of the copyright status of the content they find from you in two ways:

  • Via terms of use accessible from every page of the search (these note that unless otherwise stated all items are protected by third-party copyright or other usage restrictions)
  • In search results themselves, using a license facet that appears alongside each result (as in this example)

Developers who build other websites and applications to send users to your content are bound by these Developers terms of use.

Any questions please don't hesitate to ask!

See here for more information about contributing to DigitalNZ