Content wrap-up: Jan–March 2015

Posted on 07 April 2015 by Thomasin

What’s new on DigitalNZ? Well, we’re glad you asked. This year we thought we’d post a quarterly content wrap-up to let you know what excellent new collections we’ve been working with and what new content you can find on DigitalNZ.

New content in the first quarter of 2015 was varied: videos, research papers, data, and artwork.

It’s not every day we are approached to harvest content entitled ‘Burlesque Brain’! But we were delighted when University of Otago’s Department of Anatomy got in contact about the patterns for some teaching models they had created and wanted to make more discoverable and shareable. Here’s the brain undressing:


Image: Burlesque Brain, Dr Christine Jasoni, Fieke Neuman, Shane Soal, Howard Haugh, Alex Witherow, Department of Anatomy, University of Otago. CC-BY-NC-SA.

We were really pleased to work with to harvest their blog and documentaries about the experiences of those living with a disability or chronic health. has an amazing suite of accessibility features including multi-lingual closed-captions, audio descriptions, and an option for dyslexia-friendly typography.

The number of artworks that DigitalNZ points to was significantly bolstered by the addition of the digitised collection from Dunedin Public Art Gallery. This is an intriguing collection of over 5,000 artworks and collection objects, including a rich collection of paintings by renowned modernist painter Frances Hodgkins.


Image: The Farmer's Daughter (Portrait of Annie Coggan), 1929-1930, Collection of the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

This quarter we also worked with the API from international research sharing repository to bring the New Zealand-related research from this site into DigitalNZ. Some of the research has titles such as: Micrographs of methylotrophic and methanotrophic organisms in sediments of Hikurangi margin seeps. Yussss!

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Image: Ruff, S. Emil; Arnds, Julia; Knittel, Katrin; Amann, Rudolf; Wegener, Gunter; Ramette, Alban; Boetius, Antje (2013): Micrographs of methylotrophic and methanotrophic organisms in sediments of Hikurangi margin seeps. Figure_5.tif. PLOS ONE. 10.1371/journal.pone.0072627.g005. CC-BY.

Just in time for the thrilling 2015 Cricket World Cup we worked with the New Zealand Cricket Museum at the Basin Reserve, to aggregate their collection of objects, photographs, and ephemera—a fantastic collection which tells the story of New Zealand's rich cricketing history.


Image: 1938 New Zealand Women's cricket team, New Zealand Cricket Museum.

The other new content partners and collections we worked with this quarter were AgEcon Search, Forest and Bird, Nga Manu Nature Reserve, and Toitū Otago Settlers Museum.

A warm to welcome to all our new content partners and collections.

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