Who's Using What - Chris McDowall and DigitalNZ Developer Profile
For any developer or institution currently working on, or planning to manage such massive digital collections and succesfully re-present them to the global public, these three development teams combined hold an unprecedent amount of expertise and they do it all while using open source software. Read here what tools these teams are favouring, what they've made for the world to improve upon and use, and what they hope to see in the future. Up first, Chris McDowall and the development team from DigitalNZ!
Chris McDowall and DigitalNZ
The National Library of New Zealand's DigitalNZ team makes New Zealand's digital content available to find, share and use. Like Europeana, DigitalNZ aggregates metadata from many digital collections so it is available to search and also encourages the development of new discovery experiences through an open API. The team works with the collections from a wide range of organisations across the cultural sector, community groups, businesses and media organisations. It also brings in metadata relevant to New Zealand from Europeana and DPLA. DigitalNZ is almost eight years old and its most recent development is the release of Supplejack, an open source tool for aggregating, searching and sharing metadata records. Supplejack collects metadata about millions of items from hundreds of data sources. The tool transforms messy data, creates a unified search index and makes the reconciled metadata widely available via an open API data service.
Chris McDowall is the manager of DigitalNZ Systems. He looks after the day to day running of the DigitalNZ infrastructure and coordinates feature development.
What open source tools are you currently working with?
Here is a list of the main open source tools we use. The true list would be much longer.