Ngā Tānga Reo Māori huiNovember 15th, 2018
On Friday 19 October, we welcomed researchers from around the country to the first of several hui about the digitisation of te reo Māori material.
One goal of the hui was to explore the idea of digitising the material listed in Phil Parkinson and Penny Griffith’s Books in Māori/Ngā Tānga Reo Māori, 1815-1900: an annotated bibliography published by the Alexander Turnbull Library in 2004.
The bibliography itself was digitised in 2015 and is available through the National Digital Heritage Archive —Books in Māori/Ngā Tānga Reo Māori, 1815-1900: an annotated bibliography
What's been done already?
After a mihi whakatau, our visitors had an opportunity to introduce themselves and talk about their work with Māori language collections. This was followed by a talk by Greig Roulston, Digitisation Advisor, who shared his research into the items listed in Books in Māori (BIM).
Greig showed us the visualisation he created of some of his findings. The visualisation is reproduced below. It shows that a number of the items have already been digitised (represented by the green squares) and have been made available online by a number of different institutions. However, it is clear there is a significant amount still to do (illustrated by the yellow squares).
You can see more of Greig's research in this interactive data visualisation
Books in Māori items held by Turnbull Library
After lunch we got to view some of the actual items that the Library holds.