Title:Digital New Zealand—Helping Make New Zealand Content Easier to Find, Share, and Use
Authors:Andy Neale, Courtney Johnston, Fiona Rigby, Gordon Paynter, Lewis Brown, Virginia Gow
Publication:MW2009: Museums and the Web 2009

Digital New Zealand aims to help make New Zealand content easy to find, share and use. It is testing new ways to create digital content, collect and share existing digital content and build smart, freely available search and discovery tools. The project is working with New Zealand organisations, communities and individuals to aggregate their metadata and help make hard to find content available for discovery, use and re-use in unique ways. The first wave of the project has included three innovative tools. A customisable search builder lets people design their own search widget to find the type of New Zealand content they are interested in. New Zealanders can craft their own commemoration of the 90th Anniversary of the Armistice using the Memory Maker - a tool that lets people remix film, photographs, objects and audio clips into a short video that can then be saved, shared, and embedded. Finally, an open API enables developers to connect the metadata that fuels DigitalNZ with other data sources, enabling new digital experiences, knowledge, and understanding.