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Old developers' API terms of use


These terms no longer apply. As of 31 Jan 2012 these terms were replaced by new Developer API Terms

The Digital New Zealand API service (“DigitalNZ API”) allows you to develop tools to enable you to query and discover Digital New Zealand content and connect it with other data sources.

In order to use the DigitalNZ API, you must register for the service by completing the registration form.

If you are approved for use of the DigitalNZ API, the National Library grants you a non-exclusive and non-transferable right to use the DigitalNZ API in accordance with these terms of use.

The DigitalNZ API consists of an application program interface (API) for retrieving various Digital New Zealand content. The National Library may release new versions of the DigitalNZ API from time to time and require you to use the most recent version.

If you are approved to use the DigitalNZ API you may access the DigitalNZ API, implement the DigitalNZ API on your Other Website and distribute Digital New Zealand content to Users for non-commercial use without charge by you or others via the Other Website.

Your right to use the DigitalNZ API is subject to the following:

  • You must not retain any copies of the Digital New Zealand content, unless specifically licensed. Your right to the Digital New Zealand content is limited to making direct server calls to the DigitalNZ API for the Digital New Zealand content and to distributing the Digital New Zealand content to your end users on the Other Website immediately upon receipt by your servers;
  • If you display metadata, thumbnails or content on the Other Website that are sourced via the DigitalNZ API you must include a link back to the item on the source contributors website and identify the source contributor;
  • All calls to the DigitalNZ API must reference the DigitalNZ API Key ("API Key") issued to you by the National Library;
  • You are limited to 3,000 API calls per day, per API Key issued to you. The National Library may change these call limits at any time at its sole discretion. Please contact us if you have requirements beyond this limit;
  • You agree that you will provide the Digital New Zealand content to Users on an "as is" basis, with disclaimers similar in all material respects to those set out in these terms of use;
  • You agree to keep your API Key confidential and not to share it with any other person;
  • If you are presenting the Digital New Zealand content within a website that requires registration, you must provide the National Library with a login and password to that website;
  • You must not use the DigitalNZ API or the Digital New Zealand content in connection with or to promote any products, services, or materials that are, promote or are used primarily for the purpose of dealing in: viruses, spyware, malware or other malicious code, counterfeit goods, materials breaching the Human Rights Act or any other applicable laws, materials promoting acts of terrorism or violence, tobacco and tobacco products and gambling;
  • You must not use the DigitalNZ API or the Digital New Zealand content in any context that is obscene, indecent, pornographic or otherwise inappropriate.
  • You must not use the DigitalNZ API in any manner or for any purpose that breaches any applicable law, any right of any person or in any manner inconsistent with these terms of use.
  • You must not impersonate any person or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person;
  • You must not violate or attempt to violate the security of the DigitalNZ API or this website.

If you become aware that any user of your Other Website is in breach of these terms you agree to notify the National Library promptly of such breach, and to take prompt commercially reasonable corrective action at your expense to remedy that breach.

On the Other Website where you display any of the Digital New Zealand content you must display a “Powered by Digital New Zealand” logo or icon (a "DigitalNZ API Logo") that links back to http://www.digitalnz.org.

Changes to these terms of use will be posted online. You are responsible for reviewing the amended terms of use, and your continued use of the DigitalNZ API constitutes your agreement to the amended terms of use.