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Set to Music

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 the National Library of New Zealand are all geared up to pick the winner on 22nd May.

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Digital Discovery Day

By Jane.

Today 50 New Zealand educators have flocked to the new National Library building in Wellington for Digital Discovery Day. The National Library Services to Schools team are hosting our visitors for workshops, discussion and presentations on 21st century literacy and the use of digital resources in the classroom. 

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

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V.C. Browne and Son

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 4,000 records are free for reuse as there is no 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 amazing collection and the great...

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Manawatu Memory Online

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 copyright restrictions and 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 us to access, from historical photographs to...

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QuakeStudies is live on CEISMIC

By Jane.

After the devastating Christchurch 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 the disaster and 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 up tens of thousands of results from...

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In the spotlight: Archives New Zealand

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 films are available to view and share via Archive New Zealand’s Youtube...

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Mix & Mash 2013 is here!

By Jane.

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 something entertaining, useful, and/or beautiful about the...

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The new 'gallery view' and searchable sets

By Jane.

Searching on DigitalNZ just got a whole lot better. Now when we show you image results they are tiled down the page in a continuously loading stream.

Tiling items together helps eyes focus on the visual aspect of the records, rather than just the title or descriptive information. We hope that the useful and beautiful items you're looking for jump out easily now. It's a visually exquisite way of exploring the collections from our 120+ content...

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

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 about the upcoming Wellington Anniversary on Monday. The first Wellington Anniversary was...

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In the spotlight: Upper Hutt City Library

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 are available for sharing and remix under a Creative Commons Attribution...

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