Digital Preservation


The digital world is becoming ever more ingrained in our daily lives, transforming the way we communicate, learn, and think. The need for online access to collections is growing, especially within the cultural heritage sector, and more recently within local government and private companies as well. Through digitisation, researchers and historians are finding new and […]



GNS Science, a New Zealand Crown Research Institute, is the leading provider of research and consultancy services surrounding geology, geophysics, and nuclear science. NZMS’s Wellington team recently received some fascinating work from GNS who requested digitisation of their unique and valuable collection of historical magnetograms. These magnetograms date from 1916 to 1991, and our team […]





The University of Canterbury (UC)’s Macmillan Brown Library has been working to digitise its extensive collections and have enlisted the help of NZMS. The Macmillan Brown collection was started in 1935, and has since grown exponentially through donations, transfer of existing collections, and selective purchasing by UC. Most notably it holds a diverse range of […]



Photographs frequently tell a story, sometimes revealing things that cannot be put into words. They can serve as a connection to the past; a reminder of people, places, and significant events. These are some of the reasons why it is important to protect photographs for future generations. Unlike digital photographs from more recent eras, older […]




Cultural heritage collections provide invaluable information relating to our past and it is essential that institutions carefully consider how to protect them. Preventative conservation (correct storage, archival packaging, and proper handling) helps insure the longevity of these precious materials – but what measures should be taken to protect collections in the event of a disaster?