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Awesome Metadata

Posted by Janine Delaney on 6 August 2015 | 2 Comments

You don’t tend to get those words together in the same string, but what’s exciting me about metadata at this point is the creative possibilities that it offers. For most of my time in archives & libraries, metadata seems to have been primarily about standards and those standards were primarily about interoperability. So metadata that works for computers... but what about metadata that works for people?

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Submission not submissive!

Posted by Tracey Butler on 21 July 2015 | 1 Comments

Accepting digital content from your Community

Some digital collections may be greatly enhanced by asking for contributions from your community - whether that is your member base, current and previous residents in your area, or others from your global audience who may be able to share content that is relevant.

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ADAM Launch

Posted by Tracey Butler on 19 June 2015 | 0 Comments

Launch of a new Recollect site is a big deal - our clients put a lot of work into getting their collections online - so we love it when our clients recognise this and have a formal launch to celebrate their achievement. Janine Delaney, Andy Fenton, and Leigh Rout were delighted to be invited to the launch of ADAM: Antarctica NZ Digital Asset Manager in Christchurch last week (June 18 2015).

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The Internet is a dead end (or why I hate the Internet sometimes…)

Posted by Chris Dempsey on 10 June 2015 | 1 Comments

When I first started planning the Recollect system I was tasked with checking out what was already out there: What systems are in place now, and what do they offer that we could take some inspiration from?

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Crowdsourcing: Case Studies

Posted by Tracey Butler on 25 May 2015 | 0 Comments

In this third blog about the power of a crowd, we thought we'd share some real case studies with you. We have selected three quite different examples for you: the first a transcription project, the second an image based DAM solution, and the final case is a commercial solution. Each case came with unique challenges that were solved with a customised crowdsource solution.

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What makes a successful crowdsource project?

Posted by Tracey Butler on 20 May 2015 | 0 Comments

Whether your project is private or public, or whether it uses a 'wild' (public/volunteers) or 'tame' (staff/contractors/members) crowd, there are some simple techniques to ensure it is successful.

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WW100 Resources

Posted by Tracey Butler on 23 April 2015 | 0 Comments

As part of our core business at NZMS we get to see and handle some incredible items and images. Over the last few months, with the countdown to the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing, many of the amazing things we have seen have related to WW1 - and the experiences of the men and women abroad.

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The trouble with facebook

Posted by Tracey Butler on 31 March 2015 | 0 Comments

Facebook has changed the way we share our lives - we use it to store our photographs, note important dates, maintain and develop new relationships, support favourite businesses, and to collaborate with like-minded people in facebook groups. It's a fantastic tool, and it's free (assuming you don't mind the advertisements and 'spam' posts coming through your feed).

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The Mystery of the Decimal Clock

Posted by Tracey Butler on 10 March 2015 | 0 Comments

Brendon started it.  As he was working on some updates to the National Army Museum's Recollect site, he came across this image:

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Graph Databases 101

Posted by Chris Dempsey on 28 February 2015 | 0 Comments

You may have heard the term 'graph database' and how they provide the magic behind facebook, Google, Twitter and seemingly everything else on the web today. What exactly is a graph database, and why should you be interested in them? Let me explain.

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