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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.

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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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Creative people build creative sets

By thomasin sleigh.

I recently started working here at DigitalNZ, and quickly discovered my love of set-making. The process is often strange, intuitive and surprising.

Image: Carver, Robert William Ind 1838-1907 :Bell's kitchen garden 1892. Ref: A-164-020. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22748258

DigitalNZ has over 25 million pieces of digital content, so you never quite know what you are going to turn up. Sometimes I think of it like digging for potatoes, you...

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Visualising the DigitalNZ metadata ecosystem

By chris mcdowall.

This blog post details an interactive visualisation of DigitalNZ data, which you can experiment with as a Google Fusion Table. Note that by default the visualisation will only show about 150 nodes. Increase the number of nodes to the maximum value to see everything. Read on to learn more.

All the things

At the time of writing, DigitalNZ works with 140 content providers to make New Zealand digital content easier to find, share and use. This is a far cry from the handful of institutions we...

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Reflections on the 2013 Linked Open Data in Libraries Archives and Museums Summit

By chris mcdowall.

Linked data is an amazing yet elusive idea—elusive for at least two reasons. It can be difficult for people who don't live and breathe linked data to grasp. It also remains difficult for institutions to know where to start in providing linked data views of their collections. At DigitalNZ we have been exploring these issues both internally and with some of our content partners. This blog post provides a brief overview of what linked data is and offers some reflections on a recent linked open...

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Metadata now available for commercial use

By fiona.

In our latest extension to the DigitalNZ API, we have updated the rights of thousands of metadata* records to allow for commercial use.

A treasure trove of over 200,000 records can now be mixed, mashed and mined in anyway you like - be it for commercial, creative or educational purposes. DigitalNZ has millions of records available for reuse, but up until now this has been limited to non-commercial use only.

Five leading edge cultural organisations, Victoria University of Wellington Library New...

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Puke Ariki – Heritage ‘Taranaki Style’

By ting.

Puke Ariki is an innovative museum, library and information centre that combines learning, knowledge, resources and heritage objects for a visitor experience that is like no other. Situated in New Plymouth between Mount Taranaki and the Tasman Sea, visitors can connect with the stories of the region’s past, present and future.

It’s also home to a large digital heritage collection, and remote visitors can enjoy the objects, papers, photographs and maps linked to Taranaki’s history.

Puke Ariki...

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