April newsletter

Farewell to Matt McGregor

After nearly four years of achieving extraordinary things for us, it’s time for Matt to move on. We miss him terribly already, and wish him all the best in his new role at Koordinates.

Welcome to Keitha Booth

To tide us over until we can hire Matt’s replacement, Keitha Booth has stepped in as Interim Public Lead. Keitha led the NZ Open Government Information and Data programme from its inception in 2008 until 2015. She is a member of the Digital New Zealand Advisory Board and has been a member of our Advisory Panel since 2010.

Watch this space for a job ad

As we are still confirming our funding for post June 2016 (we are optimistic, but nothing has been signed), we are unable to advertise for a replacement Public Lead just yet. Join our listserv or Loomio discussion group for more details and to stay up to date.

Open Educational Resources Sprints

On 30 April there will be ‘sprints’ held around Aotearoa to create Open Educational Resources that Kiwi teachers can freely share and adapt. Visit oersprint.nz to learn more and sign up!

Lincoln University’s OERs

Lincoln University Resources for Education is a collection of resources that Lincoln University teaching staff have created and chosen to make open to the world. Dive on in!

NDF call for presentations

Our friends at National Digital Forum are calling for presentations at their next conference (22-23 November, Wellington). Get yours in by the 18th!

Hooked on NZ YA Books

The new website for young Kiwis to review young adult (YA) NZ books is now live, and CC-licensed.

James K Baxter’s writing online

The complete prose of James K Baxter is available from the NZ Electronic Text Collection Te Puhikotuhi o Aotearoa.

CC around the world

The new Open Data Button allows researchers to request access to datasets. The Scottish government has released a beta version of their open data portal. The Smithsonian has released a paper on the impact of Open Access on museums around the world. The Queensland government continues to release interesting datasets through its open data portal. Learn more about the impact of open data around the world.

Icon credit: Sad fish, Rosalie, 2008, Kete Horowhenua. Licensed CC BY-NC-SA. Also a pretty accurate depiction of our faces when we learned Matt was leaving.

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