Virginia Gow (and others), Digital New Zealand - helping make New Zealand content easier to find share and use

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A presentation from Museums and the Web 2009.

Fiona Rigby, National Library of New Zealand, New Zealand
Virginia Gow, National Library of New Zealand, New Zealand
Andy Neale, National Library of New Zealand, New Zealand
Lewis Brown, National Library of New Zealand, New Zealand
Courtney Johnston, National Library of New Zealand, New Zealand
Gordon Paynter, National Library of New Zealand, New Zealand
http://www.digitalnz.org

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.

Mini-Workshop: Project Briefing: Digital New Zealand APIs and widgets for open collaboration [Mini-Workshop]

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Virginia Gow (and others), Digital New Zealand - helping make New Zealand content easier to find share and use

  1. 1. Making NZ content & collections easier to find, share & use http://www.digitalnz.org
  2. 2. Search (a User Interface, for humans)
  3. 3. Search (a User Interface, for humans)
  4. 4. Search (a User Interface, for humans) – filtering just for images
  5. 5. Search (a User Interface, for humans)
  6. 6. Museum object found! (using search, a User Interface, for humans)
  7. 7. Make your own search widget (an Application)
  8. 8. Make your own search widget (an Application)
  9. 9. Share your own search widget (an Application)
  10. 10. My own search & my own User Interface!
  11. 11. My own search & my own User Interface!
  12. 12. Share your own search widget (an Application)
  13. 13. Share your own search widget (an Application)
  14. 14. My own search widget in my context!
  15. 15. Searching my own search widget in my context!
  16. 16. Museum object found! (by someone searching in my context)
  17. 17. Application Programming Interface or API (WARNING: Slide for tech folk)
  18. 18. Interesting thing using an API: a ‘mashup’
  19. 19. Standards are great but TIP: Realise (or realize) we live in an imperfect world
  20. 20. Not just data collection but information itself. A perfectionist’s nightmare.
  21. 21. What’s the BEST thing that could happen? TIP: Demonstrate the possibilities (not just the technology or the risks)
  22. 22. Mitigate risks through licenses & technology TIP: Work with your community of practice to develop the above
  23. 23. Don’t make it harder for yourself TIP: Work fast & avoid unnecessary effort (spec as you go)
  24. 24. It doesn’t have to be scary TIP: The sky will not fall (lawyers just like to make it seem that way sometimes)
  25. 25. You don’t have to get it right the first time TIP: Just fix it quickly (and DO fix it)
  26. 26. Build trusted relationships & community TIP: Your friends and family will accept your failings & help you grow
  27. 27. Prepare to be amazed (or disappointed) by what people build TIP: Make sure the builders know where the tools are
  28. 28.  Use the API – we’d love feedback  Get in touch about collaborating with us / to share API experiences (info@digitalnz.org)  Do you have any NZ material? We could be a safe test bed for you to trial opening up access through an API  Come play during the 8-9.30 demonstration slot tomorrow or online Conclusion: Sorry my slides are boring. But I promise we are a fun team to work with.
  29. 29. Making NZ content & collections easier to find, share & use http://www.digitalnz.org

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