As the name suggests NZMS (New Zealand Micrographic Services Ltd) started as a preservation microfilm bureau and that’s still a big part of our business and our passion. In 25+ years, we’ve microfilmed over 12 million pages of New Zealand’s national newspaper collection and are industry leaders in the development of microfilming standards. We’ve also sought out the best equipment on the market for viewing microforms and are NZ agents for the ST View Scan microfilm scanners.
An absolute commitment to image quality and archival standards also underpins our digitisation work. From our first project in 1997 the Company’s focus has been on providing digitisation solutions for New Zealand’s irreplaceable heritage materials. Our processes and staff training are built around care of original collections and we’ve invested in equipment that is suitable for fragile items such as glass plate negatives, photographs, albums, manuscripts, bound volumes, textiles, maps, plans & works of art. In 2003 NZMS collaborated with the National Library of New Zealand and Victoria University of Wellington to provide NZ’s only archival option for scanning large format A0+ items to a high resolution. This facility (HMIF) is now wholly owned by NZMS and located at Archives NZ.
We have always maintained close ties with our clients and have kept pace with changes in their business needs and the technology that is driving it. Recent years have seen a big expansion in our document scanning services and new services for image conversion and text repurposing. This includes OCR, transcription and XML conversion. We are also committed to offering end to end solutions for clients, recognising that the scanning may only part of the process. Increasingly the smart use of IT is our point of difference and an outstanding example of this is our leading edge hosting and digital collection software Recollect.
NZMS started as a family operated company in 1990 and now has a permanent staff of 25, with offices in Tawa, Christchurch, Auckland and the Wellington CBD. However we’ve retained our small company friendliness and commitment to delivering the best result for each of our clients.