Word cloud of terms relating to born digital materials.

Born digital in New Zealand

In 2016 the National Library of New Zealand undertook an environmental scan of the current state of born digital archival and special collections material across the country. Read the survey results. February 2017.

Report of survey results

February 2017

In 2016 the National Library of New Zealand undertook an environmental scan of the current state of born digital archival and special collections material across the country. We wanted to uncover data about how well prepared and positioned the Gallery, Library, Archives, and Museum (GLAM) sector is to collect and preserve these collections in memory institutions, and to measure New Zealand’s progress against international benchmarks.

The survey revealed that institutions across New Zealand are collecting born-digital material, and expect to collect more in the near future. The survey also showed that the majority of New Zealand institutions have had researcher requests for access to these born-digital collections. However much of this cultural heritage material is not described in catalogues or collection management systems, and has not been transferred from physical carrier media. These collections are at risk of software and hardware failure and obsolescence. Finally, a key theme running throughout responses and across institutional type and size was an identified lack of staff with the knowledge and expertise to manage born-digital archival material.

Download Born digital in New Zealand: Report of survey results, 2017 (pdf, 930KB)

Contents

Introduction and context

  • Introduction and defining our terms
  • Summary of key findings
  • Overview of survey methodology

Survey findings (one)

  • Institutional makeup of survey participants
  • Born digital collecting
  • Impediments to collecting, managing, preserving
  • What does born digital look like?
  • Other digital projects and processes
  • Web archives

Survey findings (two)

  • Identifying and describing born digital
  • Born digital processing and workflows
  • Staffing
  • Access
  • Future requirements and current challenges

Benchmarks and conclusion

  • New Zealand and international born digital benchmarks
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgements

Appendix

Download the survey questionnaire (pdf, 250KB)

Author

Jessica Moran

Alexander Turnbull Library

National Library of New Zealand