DNZ Blog

Nips, tucks, and refreshes

By thomasin sleigh.

If you are a regular www.digitalnz.org visitor, you’ll have noticed a few changes we’ve been rolling out on the site over the last six months or so. We thought it’d be helpful to let you know what we’ve been up to, and also ask for any feedback or thoughts you have about these changes.


Firstly, at the end of last year, we worked with our amazing developers Boost New Media and designers Clicksuite, and made www.digitalnz.org mobile and tablet friendly. Before, it was tricky trying to...

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NZ Music Month set competition

By thomasin sleigh.

It's NZ Music Month and we're celebrating with a special set-making competition!

All you have to do is collect together a DigitalNZ set which represents a kiwi song and you are in to win a sweet prize pack. If you need some inspiration, check out the awesome entries from last year's competition.

To make your set, just login and click the 'Add to sets' button as you search. If you are a first-time set-maker, check out our handy introductory video plus set-making tips in the 'Help' section of...

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Q&A with Donna Robertson

By thomasin sleigh.

Donna Robertson is a librarian and editor for the amazing Christchurch City Libraries, and a big DigitalNZ fan and set-maker extraordinaire! In fact, we recently ran a search on DigitalNZ for 'Donna Robertson' and it returned 100 sets. This officially makes Donna 'Queen of DigitalNZ sets'.

In the third of our sixth birthday blog series, we had a chat to Donna about what she loves about DigitalNZ, some tips for making sets, and her ideas for the future.

Donna Sets

When did you discover DigitalNZ?


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By thomasin sleigh.

This Q&A is the second in our collection of sixth birthday celebration interviews. We thought it was a good opportunity to check in with an organisation using the DigitalNZ's data, in particular our Application Programming Interface (API)*, so we had a chat with UC CEISMIC, a digital repository of information relating to the Christchurch earthquakes.

Uc Ceismic

How did UC CEISMIC come to work with the DigitalNZ API?

DigitalNZ were involved in the UC CEISMIC project from its early phases but...

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Q&A with V.C. Browne

By thomasin sleigh.

DigitalNZ is turning six years old this February! As part of our birthday celebrations, we decided it was high time we had a chat with some of our amazing content partners, fans, and people using the DigitalNZ API.

We were keen to get their thoughts on DigitalNZ, how they came to work with us, and what they think will be most exciting about DigitalNZ in the future—also, it's a good excuse for warm fuzzies all round.

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Image: Timaru, 1973, V. C. Browne and Son Aerial Collection: ...

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DigitalNZ celebrates 6 years

By thomasin sleigh.

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!


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...

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Colin McCahon | McCahon, Colin | McCahon, Colin John, 1919-1987

By chris mcdowall.

On November 26 I presented a talk on linked data and entity reconciliation at the National Digital Forum held at Te Papa in Wellington. These are my speaker's notes.

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Linked data is an amazing yet elusive idea. It extends the conventional Web by providing a means to identify and refer to specific entities or concepts and supplies a way to describe how those things are related. Together, the entities, concepts and relationships constitute a set of assertions about how we think the world is......

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Christmas top tens and favourites

By thomasin sleigh.
'Tis the season to summarise! There's nothing better than a good ol' Christmas top ten list, right?


Winning athletes on podium during awards ceremony for the six mile event, 1950 British Empire Games, Eden Park, Auckland. Ref: 114/125/34-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23253451

Let's get right into the top ten, most viewed, sets of 2013:

1. 'Patched: A History of Gangs in New Zealand' takes out the number one set spot. Put together by...

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Mix & Mash 2013: the New Storytelling

By thomasin sleigh.

Mix & Mash 2013 draws to a close and we look back at a year of mashups, remixes and impressive re-use of open content.

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Mix & Mash changed tack this year. Instead of big data mashups, we were looking for storytelling skills, and for clever use of openly licensed images, videos, music, and other content to tell compelling narratives about the past, present and future. The competition was structured in an ambitious, new tripartite structure, with showcase deadlines throughout the year...

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Facebook before Facebook: the Photo News

By thomasin sleigh.

Recently, we have been lucky to work with the HB Williams Memorial Library in Gisborne to make the Gisborne Photo News available on DigitalNZ. We are now pointing to 14,190 images of life in Gisborne, taken between 1954 and 1975.

Photo News
Image: Gisborne Photo News, no. 123, September 10, 1964, title page and back page.

The Photo News was a series of monthly publications produced by the Logan Publishing Group in Gisborne, which at its height was distributing to seven regions around New Zealand. Both...

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