GIF IT UP 2015 - Latest News

Connect

Email

Search

Latest News


Libraries Today

GIF IT UP 2015 Challenge

GIF IT UP 2015 Challenge

The National Library of New Zealand’s GIF IT UP challenge is back. DigitalNZ and the Digital Public Library of America are calling for the best animated GIFs reusing historical material from libraries and archives from across the world.

Event creator Thomasin Sleigh says “I won’t be surprised if we get a lot more interest this year as GIFs are making a come-back with many people now using them in instant messaging applications and on Twitter.”

GIF IT UP encourages all ages to search through the amazing collections of copyright-free heritage material available online and make an animated GIF, the endlessly looping file format which was prominent in ‘90s web design.

In 2014, the inaugural GIF IT UP received entries from all over the world as DigitalNZ and the Digital Public Library of America worked together to make historical and archival footage available and easy to search on their websites.

“I am looking forward to seeing the calibre of this year’s entries. It’s exciting because you never know where people will get inspiration from.”

The GIF, a file format first developed in 1987, has been described as ‘the shortest of all stories’ and libraries, museums, and archives are full of digitised public domain material just ripe for remixing, colouring, and animating.

GIF IT UP 2015 will be judged by an international panel of judges: Sarah Schaaf from Imgur, Rebecca Onion from Slate Vault, and Alessandro Scali & Marco Calabrese from Okkult Motion Pictures. A special sub-section of prizes for New Zealand students, sponsored by Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand, will be judged by GIF artist and illustrator Toby Morris.

The GIF IT UP challenge is open to all ages and runs from 12 October to 21 November. It is coordinated by DigitalNZ and the Digital Public Library of America, and supported by search portals Europeana, based in the Netherlands, and Trove, in Australia.

All information including prizes, rules, content pools and submission form can be found on the DigitalNZ website.

All the entries from GIF IT UP 2014 can be browsed on Tumblr.

Image: GIF IT UP submission from Jenna Gavin in Auckland, New Zealand. Source material courtesy of the Department of Conservation Te Papa Atawhai. CC-BY 3.0 License.

Media release: Department of Internal Affairs

Share

Post a Comment


  • Libraries to help with jobs and community recovery

    Whether your job has been impacted by COVID-19, you are looking for a change of scene or you are re-entering the workforce, many libraries have resources to restart and rethink your career or work-lif...
  • $60 million boost for libraries

    Welcome news as Minister Tracey Martin announces a funding boost to libraries. The major funding package will allow libraries to play a far greater role in supporting their communities and people see...
  • Public Libraries open - online!

    Public Libraries around the country have closed their doors but not your access to online resources, including e- books, newspapers, magazines, movie and music streaming services, online learning and ...
  • Wellington City Library's Pop-Up

    Wellington City Library has opened a pop-up in Manners Street.But there is more to come!
  • Cultivate Curiosity with Public Libraries of New Zealand

    Cultivate curiosity in your community by supporting New Zealand public libraries!  Public Libraries of New Zealand (PLNZ) helps to fund new ideas and new programmes that raise the profile of pub...
  • GIF IT UP 2015 Challenge

    The National Library of New Zealand’s GIF IT UP challenge is back. DigitalNZ and the Digital Public Library of America are calling for the best animated GIFs reusing historical material from librarie...
  • 5 Libraries That Nailed Their Valentine’s Day Display

    1. Well, off to the check-out desk we go then... 2. Much like wedding vows, it’s important to renew books before they become overdue… 3. There are just somethings that should never be kissed… bo...
  • Wellington City Library's Pop-Up

    Wellington City Library has opened a pop-up in Manners Street.But there is more to come!

 

 

 

 

 

For an interactive map featuring all New Zealand public libraries.