July 28, 2014

New Zealand’s National Library at a “Digital Watershed”, Big Data Exhibition Opens in Refurbished Building

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From Computerworld NZ:

A Big Data exhibition is being staged in the refurbished National Library in Wellington.

National Librarian Bill MacNaught says he’s keenly looking forward to the public’s reaction to the $65 million upgrade of the building. The most attention-grabbing enhancements are large flat-panel displays in the public areas and the introductory exhibition, entitled “Big Data – Changing Place”.

The Library has been closed since December 2009 for a major refurbishment. An advance audience of media, National Library staff and dignitaries including Prime Minister John Key were the first to see the new layout at a reopening yesterday.

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This is a new chapter in the National Library’s life” says MacNaught. While the conventional research spaces and stores of physical exhibits and documents will still be there, “we are in the middle of a watershed, where from now on digital is the way we’ll be serving our customers” and linking with other knowledge institutions nationally and internationally, he says.

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