Mahakala Thangka, courtesy Marian Bond
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Impressions from NDF Conference 2017

Impressions from NDF Conference 2017

21 and 22 November 2017, Te Papa, Wellington Since 2002 the National Digital Forum (NDF) Conference has benchmarked digital innovation in the Cultural Heritage space in Australasia. And this year’s 16th Annual Conference did not disappoint with an eclectic yet joined up collection of keynote speakers who comfortably interacted with our home grown and Australian talent. At NZMS we are dedicated to leading and growing digital interaction with culture and heritage and... read more »
Recollect Administrator Workshop November 2017

Recollect Administrator Workshop November 2017

Following the NDF Conference last month we hosted a Recollect Administrators Workshop on Thursday 23rd November. With such a large crowd this year of 21 Recollect administrators from 15 diverse organisations, we thoroughly enjoyed the lively discussions. We discussed the future direction for Recollect and all the wonderful ways in which organisations are encouraging their communities to discover, access and engage with their content and history. The NZMS Recollect team reflected on... read more »
Fantastical Digitising

Fantastical Digitising

For a number of years, artist Sacha Lees has been trusting NZMS to digitise her Fantastical artworks. For her current exhibition ‘Vagrant Mind’ at the Exhibitions Gallery in Wellington we had the pleasure of viewing and carefully digitising her beautiful and unique paintings.  ‘Vagrant Mind’ captures moments of contemplation – sometimes conscious, sometimes dormant. Not unlike fish in a bowl, thoughts and feelings drift idly... read more »
NZMS presenting at the National Digital Forum 2017 Conference

NZMS presenting at the National Digital Forum 2017 Conference

NZMS has a long history of attending and supporting the National Digital Forum Conference and this year we are excited to be presenting at the Demo Hall. Andy Fenton and Gavin Mitchell will be presenting a discussion about; Surveying our Past: Historic Surveys Mapped into a Virtual Landscape for Future Generations. Abstract: For many years organisations like Ngai Tahu and ECAN sought better access to early New Zealand maps (mahere... read more »
13,000 Surveyors Field Books

13,000 Surveyors Field Books

NZMS are currently digitising 13,000 field books for Land Information New Zealand (LINZ). As part of a much larger project for LINZ which includes large format maps, we are currently digitising approximately 630,000 pages of field books for the North Island, with some of them dating back to 1872. The field books are small and very fragile landscape bound notebooks, our digitisation process involves a Digital SLR-based camera and custom built copy boards... read more »
Beyond the Bench: Connecting with Our Heritage

Beyond the Bench: Connecting with Our Heritage

NZMS at the NZCCM Conference 2017 The New Zealand Conservators of Cultural Materials Pu Manaaki Kahurangi Incorporated (NZCCM) was formed in 1983 with a vision to be an organisation where cultural materials are treasured and the development, awareness and support of conservation is upheld and respected.  They achieve this vision by encouraging education and networking for professionals, allied professionals, and individuals interested in supporting conservation. NZCCM organise a conference annually with... read more »
Bulford Kiwi

Bulford Kiwi

Earlier this year we received a unique digitisation request. The grid layout of a chalk Kiwi commonly known as the Bulford Kiwi carved by New Zealand troops on Bulford Hill near Stonehenge. The carving has recently become a “scheduled monument” on the advice of Historic England as part of the centenary of World War I.  The 130 metre tall Kiwi was carved by New Zealand troops stationed at... read more »
How to achieve successful online community engagement with your historical collections

How to achieve successful online community engagement with your historical collections

You want your historical or cultural heritage collection to become accessible, discoverable and engaging… have you thought of an online community engagement platform? Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) delivers numerous avenues for participation in Cultural Heritage by all audiences from professionals to the interested public.  Here are some important things we think you should know to ensure your project will achieve the level of engagement and accessibility that... read more »
Digitising the Large Format ‘Black Maps’

Digitising the Large Format ‘Black Maps’

NZMS has been working with Archives NZ, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Christchurch City Libraries, Environment Canterbury and Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) to digitise some of the earliest survey plans of the Canterbury Land District, known as the ‘Black Maps’. The “Black maps” were created to record the legal purchase and sale of land parcels and drawn from data and notes written by... read more »
Lyn Keily visits NZMS Head Office and the Recollect Development Team

Lyn Keily visits NZMS Head Office and the Recollect Development Team

After presenting at the LIANZA Conference in Christchurch last week, we invited Lyn Keily, Special Collections Librarian for Cultural Collections Services at The University of Newcastle to visit the NZMS head office in Wellington.  Lyn was given a tour of NZMS and our sister company Desktop Imaging. She was also introduced to the operations and Recollect development team who have been working closely with her on creating the Recollect... read more »

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