DigitalNZ celebrates 6 years

Back in February 2008, the founding DigitalNZ project team was established, and they set about building up the services that we all know and love today. There was a moment early in our life when our identity was nearly all orange and pink—but this early disaster was luckily averted!

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We've come a long way since then. We now work with nearly 150 amazing content partners, and bring together over 26 million pieces of digital content from all over Aotearoa.

To celebrate our sixth birthday, we've written  a special history of our projects, activities, and successes from over the years... you may be surprised at what we've been up to!


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Image: A few DigitalNZ team members chatting at the National Digital Forum 2013.

Digital culture has morphed and evolved in the six years DigitalNZ has been in existence. As is much discussed, new technologies have pushed the media landscape in new and unexpected ways. How people receive information and subsequently how people understand, interpret, and respond to the world, changes on a daily basis.

There is much important work to do. We look forward to working with new content partners as www.digitalnz.org grows and expands; to sharing the DigitalNZ technology as an open source project; to taking on the challenge of connecting our data in new ways, making it more valuable and useful; and we wonder what amazing new experiences and remixes will be created in the years ahead.

So, it’s onwards to the next six years. The future is bright with digital possibility! Stay tuned over the coming weeks as we post a series of Q&As with fans, collaborators, and API users making fun stuff, as they help us tell DigitalNZ's story. We also have some exciting announcements on the way:

Who will be our 150th content partner? *Gasp*

When is DigitalNZ open sourcing its harvesting technology? *Excitement*

What exciting international organisations have we been working with? *Thrills*

......... All will be revealed!


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Image: Cecil Morris doing magic card tricks. Negatives of the Evening Post newspaper. Ref: 114/226/05-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22834421