DigitalNZ's API provides access to millions of New Zealand-related digital items from a wide range of institutions from Aotearoa and overseas, including cultural, governmental, educational, scientific, and community groups.

The API is free and open for anyone to use to search across the metadata of these aggregated collections, such as titles, descriptions, dates, and creators.

The aggregation service collects only the metadata that describes the digital content, but the API also returns pointers to the items and thumbnail images put online by our fantastic content partners. The Developer API Terms of Use explain how this all works. 

We hope you'll use this metadata to do good and wonderful things, create new experiences, and demonstrate the value of sharing this data. 

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