November 27, 2015

Cool! Interactive! New Zealand: “Visualising the DigitalNZ Metadata Ecosystem”

Very Cool and Very Informative!

From a Post on the DigitalNZ Blog by the Developer of the Interactive Visualization:

This blog post details an interactive visualisation of DigitalNZ data, which you can experiment with as a Google Fusion Table.


At the time of writing, DigitalNZ works with 140 content providers to make New Zealand digital content easier to find, share and use. This is a far cry from the handful of institutions we harvested metadata from when the initiative began four and a half years ago. This post shares some work we’ve been doing to understand the scale and structure of the intricate network of institutions and collections we harvest metadata from.


I created this visualisation primarily to help the DigitalNZ team understand how our various metadata sources are structured and related. We work with this data every day and we have developed mental maps of these landscapes. However, these understandings were personal, imprecise and inevitably riddled with blind spots. Representing our content partners as a network graph provides a shared vision of the scale and structure of our metadata sources, including the connections between institutions and collections.

Make Sure to Read the Complete DigitalNZ Blog Post 

Direct to Interactive Visualization

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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