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Winning stories that remix & mashup

Posted on 04 June 2013 by lucy!

DigitalNZ, Creative Commons Aotearoa NZ and the National Library of NZ have proudly announced the winners and selections for the May Showcase of Mix & Mash 2013.

10 amazing works from Kiwis of all ages were hand picked by judges JolisaGracewood, Mark Osborne and Dan Mills toreceiveprizes and go in for Supreme Awards. The collection of tales were singled out for conveying greatstory-lines about the past by remixing or... Read more

Your Musical Sets

Posted on 20 May 2013 by lucy!

For the Music Month of May we called for Setsthat interpret Kiwi songs. And boy did you deliver!

After listening to your favouritetunes from Split Enzto Darcy Clay, music specialists here at the National Library have picked one DigitalNZ Set to win a $50 iTunes prize. And the winner is...

"A thing well made"

Thanks to musical setmaker Richard Robertson, who sent us this stylish representation of theMuttonbirds' haunting tune.

A Thing Well Made

We also... Read more

Set to Music

Posted on 29 April 2013 by ting

May in Aotearoa means NZ Music Month! Share some homegrown musical love with us by creating your next set to a tune.

Simply represent any Kiwi song in a DigitalNZ set, and tell us the name of the song in the title or description. Tweet, Facebook or email the link to us by 6pm Friday 17th May and be in to win a$50 iTunes voucher.

Our friendly music specialists at theNational Libraryof New Zealand are all geared up to pick the winner on 22nd May.... Read more

Digital Discovery Day

Posted on 12 April 2013 by lucy!

Today 50 NewZealandeducators have flocked to the new National Library building in Wellington for Digital Discovery Day. The National Library Services to Schools team are hosting ourvisitorsfor workshops, discussion and presentations on 21st centuryliteracyand the use of digital resources in the classroom.

Our DigitalNZ session looked at the 'information age', 'digitalliteracy', and how DigitalNZ works. We also had a chance to play with... Read more

V.C. Browne and Son

Posted on 03 April 2013 by ting

The V.C. Browne and Son collection is one of the largest New Zealand historical aerial photograph collections available online. Currently there are almost 30,000 photographs that are available through DigitalNZ, and more than 4,000records are free for reuse as there isno known copyright restrictions.

In 2009, Roger Barclay, the grand son-in-law of V.C. Browne contacted us with this unique photograph collection. We were thrilled with such... Read more

Manawatu Memory Online

Posted on 02 April 2013 by ting

Manawatu Memory Online contains more than 4,500 digitized records from the Palmerston North City Library and the Ian Matheson City Archives collections. Over 2,000 records have no known copyrightrestrictionsand are available for reuse. This collection is constantly growing as resources are digitized and made available online. Thanks to the hard work from the team behind the Manawatu Memory Online, there is a wide range of material for... Read more

QuakeStudies is live on CEISMIC

Posted on 02 April 2013 by lucy!

After thedevastatingChristchurch Earthquake in 2011, the University of Canterbury and its consortium partners set up the UC Canterbury Earthquake Digital Archive to preserve photos, videos, documents and audio files relating to thedisasterand the subsequent rebuild of the city.

The UC CEISMIC website is a federated discovery service for all this amazing content with a search function powered by DigitalNZ. Browsing will bring... Read more

In the spotlight: Archives New Zealand

Posted on 04 March 2013 by ting

Archives New Zealand gather, store protect and provide access to over 4 million records of the New Zealand’s public archives. They hold almost 200 years of New Zealand history in all accessible forms, including documents, maps, films, photographs and more.

The teams at Archives New Zealand work hard to make sure the public can access New Zealand historical records in more effective ways. Over 400 digitized historical... Read more

Mix & Mash 2013 is here!

Posted on 03 February 2013 by lucy!

Mini Mix And MashDigitalNZ is a proud organiser of this year's Mix & Mash: The New Storytelling. We're joining our friends at Creative Commons Aotearoa and the National Library to bring you a three-part program of remix and mashup greatness. The first submission window is officially open!

You have until 10 May 2013 to submit a compelling story for prizes and publicity. It must must remix or mashup New Zealand open content or data and tell us... Read more

The new 'gallery view' and searchable sets

Posted on 03 February 2013 by lucy!

Searching on DigitalNZ just got a whole lot better. Now when weshow you image results they are tiled down the page in a continuouslyloadingstream.

Tiling items together helps eyes focus on the visual aspect of therecords, rather than just the title or descriptive information. Wehope that the useful and beautiful items you're looking for jump outeasily now. It's avisuallyexquisiteway of exploring the collections from... Read more

In the spotlight: Papers Past – National Library of New Zealand

Posted on 18 January 2013 by ting

The Papers Past website contains more than two million pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. The collection covers the years 1839 to 1945 and includes 77 publications from all regions of New Zealand. DigitalNZ harvests and points to items from these publications, which means more than 24 million pieces of content from Papers Past on our API.

We have found many Newspapers items... Read more

In the spotlight: Upper Hutt City Library

Posted on 09 January 2013 by ting

Happy 2013 and a brand new year is waiting for us to fulfill!

From our long to do list of this year, we present you the freshly harvested collections from Upper Hutt City Library. Over time, they have provided us with increasing amounts of content. Digital NZ is now proudly pointing to both the Newspaper Archive collection and Heritage Collection - adding up to over 70,000 items in total. 20,000 new items brought in... Read more

Happy holidays from DigitalNZ

Posted on 23 December 2012 by ting

Season’s greetings! Christmas is just round the corner! The year of 2013 is also getting closer.


Our Scrum Christmas tree and presents festively display all the tasks we've completed this year. It was full year and the results are satisfying. Thank you to all our 120+ Content Partners for helping us make New Zealand digital content easy to find, share and use. We will see you next year with more exciting DigitalNZ... Read more

So many sets (take two)

Posted on 06 December 2012 by lucy!

In August we listed the top fifty most visited sets in celebration of having 500 of them tucked away. Now there are over 1600 public sets out there so here is the top 50 list take two...

1. Awkward Portraits

2. What Have You Come As?

3. Margaret Mahy

4. 50 Shades Of Grey

5. Come hither

6. Te Atatu- newcomer

7. Woman on left, leaning on table

8. Foot Models

9. First World War Newspaper Timeline

10. The Irish In Nz

11. Rainbow- newcomer

... Read more

Europeana joins DigitalNZ

Posted on 03 December 2012 by lucy!

More than 1000 records were added to DigitalNZ last week from collections across Europe, and this is all made possible by the incredible Europeana portal. We're pretty thrilled to have them as a new content partner, not to mention their listingsof books, images, film and research about NZ from far off places.

Europeana provides a search service or 'access point' across thousands of digital collections. And like us, they go a step... Read more

Mix & Mash 2013: The New Storytelling

Posted on 20 November 2012 by lucy!

Mix Brown RgbDigitalNZ is proudly announcing this week that we are partnering with Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealandand the National Library of New Zealand to bring you Mix & Mash again in 2013!

Mix & Mash comprised of large multi-category competitions in 2010 and 2011, then 2012 was a year of supporting other organisations to run their own remix ormashup initiatives. Next year will be all about "The New Storytelling" using... Read more

Reel Choice iPhone app

Posted on 23 October 2012 by lucy!

Reel Choice Logo

Today NZ On Screenand NZ Film Commission launched their latest offering for Kiwi film, TV and music videos buffs. The new Reel Choice iPhone app brings you fresh content from NZ On Screen - the online showcase of Aotearoa screen culture. It was built by Boost New Media and isproudly powered by the DigitalNZ API.

The app is a sampler for over 2000 titles, including our own office favourite Goodnight Kiwi.

Reel Choice

The Goodnight Kiwi ending a... Read more

New wildlife on DigitalNZ

Posted on 25 September 2012 by lucy!

Green Gecko (Naultinus Elegans)

Green Gecko (Naultinus elegans) (CC BY-NC)

Just under an hour's drive north from Wellington City is Nga Manu Nature Reserve. The 13 hectare site is the largest single remaining remanent of original coastal lowland swamp forest on the Kapiti Coast. Inhabitants are Kiwi, Tuatara, Gecko, Skinks, Wetas, Morepork, Tui, Kereru and many other scaly, furry or feathered friends. The grounds are covered with over 700 different species of... Read more

Good digital citizens explore, remix and attribute

Posted on 12 August 2012 by lucy!

This winter, we took part in a fun digital citizenship symposium with the year 9s at Samuel Marsden Collegiate. It's all about safety, community, respect and ethics for growing upwith moderntechnology.

The umbrella of digital citizenship tends to encompass privacy, online profile awareness, safety, digital security,cyber bullying, netiquette, the law, access and media literacy. Samuel Marsden organised two days of conference style... Read more

So many sets

Posted on 07 August 2012 by lucy!

It's been 58 days since we launched the Sets function on our site. This morning we arrived to find that more than 500 individual,publiclylisted sets have been lovingly created. (The 500th is about Sir Graham Henry)

What are people making sets about?

After a rummage through online records, people like to make sets that are:

Funny and quirky: Appreciatingold things in a new context. Visually pleasing, arty and creative: Pulling together beautiful... Read more
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