The National Library of New Zealand recently announced that it was beginning a project to digitise the Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representatives (AJHRs). The AJHRs are important official records of New Zealand’s social, economic and political history, but they are difficult to access and are not freely available online.
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To make hard-to-find New Zealand content easier to ‘find, share, and use’, you have to know that the content has been digitised. Herein lies the paradox of Digital New Zealand.
That’s why the following note from Roger Barclay made our day:
"I have read with interest your comments about making NZ content easier to find. I have recently launched a website that provides access to V.C. Browne & Son's aerial... Read more
Has your organisation used (or thought about using) the DigitalNZ Make it Digital Scorecard to help with digitisation decision making? The Scorecard is a decision-making tool to help you select and prioritise content to digitise for increased access. We're looking for examples of organisations who have used this tool so we can produce a case study. If that's you, let us know at email@example.com.
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The DigitalNZ API HackFest is making its way to Auckland, thanks to Telecom for offering a venue and WiFi!
10am-5pm, Saturday 7 November 2009 Telecom, Hereford St, Auckland
DigitalNZ is a publicly funded, not-for-profit initiative that aims to make NZ digital content easy to find, share and use. DigitalNZ Search aggregates information about NZ digital content from more than 65 content providers and makes them... Read more
Do you run a website where people come to find stuff (information, resources, images, research...) relating to New Zealand? Please consider linking to us!
We help users to find New Zealand digital content. But we also need New Zealand websites to help users find our search tools.Some options to consider: Link to http://search.digitalnz.org
Connect your users to 1.3 million+ unique New Zealand content items from all kinds of... Read more
We're holding a DigitalNZ get-together in Wellington, on Sunday the 22nd of November, starting at 11am. This is the day before the National Digital Forum conference and we hope that those attending the conference could arrive in Wellington the day before.
Update:Come and join us at the Lower Ground Conference Room, National Library of NZ, Corner of Molesworth & Aitken Streets, Wellington
It will be a mix of info sharing and mini... Read more
HI, my question is what would be the best practices for transferring a cassette recording into a digital one? What type of files should be created? ThanksComments
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Converting analogue audio into digital requires a bit of planning along with some trial and error if you want to get a good result. Apart from the limitations of the original recording, quality depends on... Read more
In making this post I feel like DigitalNZ has reached a milestone. For the first time we are releasing our 12-week plan of work. Going forward, expect to hear a lot more detail about how we see the DigitalNZ services evolving. And take it as read that we want to hear your comment and feedback. The good, the bad, the ugly. Let us know whether you think we're hitting the mark or not. We'll keep the info fairly... Read more
Just in time for Conservation week (13-20 September), we are pleased to welcome the Department of Conservation as our newest DigitalNZ content provider.
DoC have started the ball rolling with around 2000 'meaty' pages of content from http://www.doc.govt.nz/ - including place, track, and species information; historic sites; Meet the Locals videos; and publications.
We decided to take the DigitalNZ API HackFest on the road to Christchurch.
We started at 10am and fueled ourselves with chocolate, chippies and cola. By lunchtime, Peter W had a working version of a DigitalNZ iPhone search app going!
After a lunch of pizza and some great conversation, the coding began again.
Late in the afternoon, we cracked open some beer and talked about DigitalNZ. By the end of the day, in addition to... Read more
In the darkened shelves or back rooms of many libraries sit a set of old nineteenth century law books that are seldom allowed into the public eye. Although New Zealand's paper stocks have generally been of a better quality than in the U.S., for a period through the 1880s and 1890s our law statutes were printed on low quality acidic paper. Today these are so brittle that just turning the pages of many editions causes them to... Read more
What is the best way to go about digitising maps and construction/architectural designs for including as part of an online digital library? I've been asked by a project what is the best way to digitize architectural drawings and maps that are larger than what most scanners can handle in preparation of loading them into online collection. What options should I consider? [Asked by Walter on 2 September... Read more
Making a search tool is really easy - you can make one on any topic you like, and bring up results from any Digital New Zealand content sources.
1) Decided to just include certain types... Read more
Should I insert metadata like names and places into digital photos (for example, as EXIF tags in the JPEG files)? Or am I better to leave my digital photos in their original form and maintain metadata alongside them (for example, as part of the iPhoto library)? IN 50 years, what will seem like the better choice for a typical computer user? Thanks in advance.Comments
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In the news recently was the revelation that researchers in Japan are working on a digital 'Rosetta stone' to back up your digital data for 1000 years. If all that content however is poorly named and organised, the nightmare won't be hardware failure but the inability to find anything - and it won't take 1000 years to be a problem. It has been predicted that by 2011 over 60 billion digital photos will be taken annually. That's a lot of... Read more
The first DigitalNZ HackFest in Christchurch is coming up soon. We're running it from Cii/powerHouse, thanks to their kind sponsorship!... Read more
Can anyone point me to details on the use of Crown Copyright? I am trying to determine if a 1969 DSIR publication is available to digitise and make publicly available. It is assumed to be Crown copyright and I understand Crown copyright material is fairly freely available for republication but I cannot find anything official which says this! Warrick Taylor PN City LibraryComments
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Just over a week until GLAM-WIKI in Canberra on the 6-7 August, a workshop on how cultural institutions can work together with the Wikimedia community (and vice versa). Can you help?
In preparation for GLAM-WIKI, participants have been asked to answer a series of questions – and I thought the Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums within the DigitalNZ community might like to take a collaborative stab... Read more
Just in time for Māori Language Week, the DigitalNZ search interface is now also available in Te Reo Māori.
This bilingual interface also extends to all customised searches - new and existing.
One of the best ways to explain the benefits of having an open API (Application Programming Interface) to data in the DigitalNZ discovery system is to show it in use. What’s an API? In short, it’s a way for software applications to ‘talk to’ each other, and a way for developers to ‘talk to’ applications. We use an API to share data with other applications.
The Indicommons website summarises it like this:
"Open APIs allow services... Read more