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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 »

University of Newcastle speaking at LIANZA 2017

Come and meeting Lyn Keily, Special Collections Librarian at University of Newcastle at LIANZA 2017! Lyn played a key role in the  UON project to consolidate its Cultural Collections from numerous on-line platforms to the Recollect Community Engagement platform. Part of this project involved migrating over 50,000 images with metadata from an online platform to Recollect, as well as integrating video and oral histories into one site for access, discoverability and... read more »

Vacancy: Digital Imaging and Solutions Technician, Auckland

Are you a talented imaging technician with an appetite for variety and customer engagement? We are looking for an outgoing, commercially-savvy, digital technician to help us digitise cultural heritage materials and support our customers’ equipment in our busy Auckland bureau. The role also includes customer liaison. We work with organisations from the GLAM Sector (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) across New Zealand and our clients also include government... read more »
Microfilming Katherine Mansfield’s “His Little Friend”

Microfilming Katherine Mansfield’s “His Little Friend”

Recent publicity about the discovery of Katherine Mansfield’s previously unknown first work “His Little Friend” in the 13 October 1900 issue of New Zealand Graphic and Ladies Journal caused excitement at NZMS. Managing Director Andy Fenton recalled microfilming the journal sometime in the early 1990s and a little research by the NZMS Operations Team confirmed that it had been done on behalf of the Auckland Institute and Museum... read more »
Digitising glass plates for the Sir George Grey Special Collections with Auckland Libraries

Digitising glass plates for the Sir George Grey Special Collections with Auckland Libraries

NZMS Auckland has recently worked with a large collection of glass plate and film negatives donated to Auckland Libraries in 2015 by The NZ Herald. The approximately 16,000 negatives were found in the original New Zealand Herald offices in Albert Street. Auckland Libraries tasked NZMS with cleaning the plates prior to digitisation as well as transcribing important information from the original boxes and envelopes, digitising the images, and finally rehousing the plates... read more »

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