Friday, 13 July 2012

Digital New Zealand

Digital NZ - A-Tihi te Aotearoa Digital NZ is an initiative with more than 120 partners, led by the National Library of New Zealand .

Digital NZ provides access to and aims to make New Zealand digital content more useful. This includes helping people use digital material from libraries, museums, government departments, publicly funded organisations, the private sector, and community groups.

Users can find NZ digital material that is hidden or buried on the internet and search across more than 20 million digital items to discover New Zealand treasures such as amazing aerial photos, old posters and memorabilia, newspaper clippings, artworks, and publications. Items are contributed from partners including Te Papa, the Alexander Turnbull Library, Auckland Art Gallery, Te Ara, NZ On Screen and many many more.

You can also create your own collections or sets of material (and browse those of others), or for those more technically minded, get access to NZ search data for your own projects. All the data used in this search service is available for free public use and a developers section provides access to an API key and further details.

Current sets on the site are diverse and include seed catalogues, Marmite, sickness and medicine, and my own created Commonwealth set as an example showing different media (cartoons, photographs, text, audio, television and documentary) and a range of Commonwealth related material and topics.


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