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DigitalNZ outage this weekend (24 and 25 June)

By lucy.

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'Nga Marama o te Tau', Hune 1990

DigitalNZ will be taking a break this coming weekend (Saturday the 24th and Sunday the 25th of June - co-inciding with Matariki) with a scheduled outage.  

The DigitalNZ website, along with the National Library’s website, will be inaccessible from 5pm (NZST) on Saturday the 24th June until 12 noon on Sunday 25th June for maintenance purposes, this also means that the DigitalNZ API won’t be working. During this time we'll be updating and...

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These are the people in your neighbourhood

By lucy.

DigitalNZ is expanding all the time, constantly adding wonderful content partners and their collections to our search. Our content partners are the lifeblood of our work, without the varied and stimulating New Zealand content we share we wouldn’t be the aggregator we are. And, in order to stay relevant, and to keep up with the new digital collections being developed constantly, we’re always on the look-out for new content partners. 

So, do you know the people in our neighbourhood? 


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DigitalNZ wins at the NZ Open Source Awards

By lucy.

DigitalNZ's NZ Open Source Award

Image: DigitalNZ's trophy at the NZ Open Source Awards at Te Papa.

On the 25th of October, a cluster of our DigitalNZ team, present and past, arrived at Te Papa for the Open Source Awards. We were finalists for the third time, and hopeful of a win.

The awards began their life in 2007, and are a biennial celebration of innovative open source projects that are licensed for reuse – a natural fit with DigitalNZ’s ethos.

DigitalNZ opted to use open source technologies from the very beginning,...

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By fiona.

Today says 'Kia ora world!' and takes a little bow. We're very pleased to introduce you to the work we've been undertaking over the last months and encourage you to have a click around and explore our new site.

Beta.Digitalnz.Org Home Page

This is the first small step in the journey that is refreshing and upgrading the search site. You will see that the beta is a basic version of the current On you can:

  • – search across the collections of nearly 200...

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Update on DigitalNZ’s big year of renovations

By fiona.

As we mentioned back in March, we've got a whole lot going on this year.  We're continuing to work hard on our renovation of the DigitalNZ site and services. As with many renovation projects a lot of hard work has been done “back of house”. We've been getting DigitalNZ’s infrastructure ready for the expanded functionality and we've been working on the wireframes - a blueprint that outlines the skeleton of the website.

Blueprint Of Dunningham Residence Auckland Libraries

Image: "Proposed residence for W. E. B. Dunningham 226 Garnet Rd...

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Dunedin City Council Archives and the public domain

By thomasin sleigh.

At DigitalNZ, we're always keen to see online collections with clear and consistent licensing, and we're especially interested in those collections that apply open licenses. 

The Dunedin City Council Archives is home to many fascinating records about Dunedin's history, some of which they have been digitising and uploading to Flickr over the last couple of years. We're lucky to work with them as one of our content partners, and were able to help with advice in the early days of their...

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Changes afoot in 2016

By fiona.

It's April already. How did that happen? 2016 is a big year for us. We are making changes to which will include exciting features, as well as the addition of existing National Library services into DigitalNZ. We're thinking of it as a bit of a house renovation!


Image: Malcolm and Wendy Ackerley in kitchen of their Petone home - Photograph taken by Phil Reid. Further negatives of the Evening Post newspaper. Ref: EP/1986/3254/21-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New...

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Come to DigitalNZ's workshop in Auckland

By thomasin sleigh.


Image: People at the DigitalNZ Day at the National Library in October 2015.

We are holding a special workshop in Auckland on Friday 26 February for our amazing content partners and any others interested in the work of DigitalNZ.

This workshop will be similar to one held last year at the National Library and will provide a chance for participants to share their thoughts on the future of DigitalNZ, where we should focus our efforts, and how we can work more collaboratively.

The workshop will...

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Supplejack and Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

By chris mcdowall.

Nga Taonga 1

Film cans stored in one of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision’s vaults (supplied by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision).

One of the most exciting things about working on an open source project is seeing other people make use of things you've made. For the last few months Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision have been using DigitalNZ’s Supplejack data harvesting and search platform to bring together their various data sources and build a new online catalogue. Last week I caught up with Ellen Pullar, Ngā Taonga...

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3000 public sets

By thomasin sleigh.

Do you know what is better than 2000 sets? 3000 sets! Last time we celebrated set-making on the blog, we had 2000 glorious sets. But industrious set-makers never rest, and now we reached a new milestone.

We are always intrigued and amazed at what kinds of topics people make sets about, so we've put together this special highlights package just for you.

Family history

Family history sets are a strong group in the pantheon of sets. Family historians weave together materials from Papers Past,...

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