Searching 25 million items
DigitalNZ is an initiative led by the National
Library to make New Zealand’s digital cultural
artefacts easy to find and use. The website
harvests content from the collections of over 120
It provides a single entry point for users to
search and discover more than 25 million vintage
photos, posters and memorabilia, newspaper
clippings, artworks, and publications. Users can
also find out about how to create and manage their
own digital content.
Strategic, dynamic thinking
Boost has collaborated closely with the National
Library team on this phenomenal and challenging
project for over five years.
Our strategic and dynamic thinking has ensured
we are always adding value, striving to deliver
more for less, and flexibly accommodating changing
priorities as they emerge.
We were responsible for the initial design and
user experience mapping of the site. We used
metaplan techniques to determine how to manage the
large number of digital artefacts and create value
from the existing metadata.
Behind the scenes, we developed a new server
infrastructure, a new, easier-to-maintain API and
improved content harvesters.
Into the future
The DigitalNZ project has developed
world-leading technology, and the National Library
is now seen as a leader in the global trend for
making heritage collections accessible online.
The next step is open sourcing and sharing our
knowledge. We’ll assist the National Library to
work with other organisations around the world to
bring their own digital collections to life.