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Alex Buckley, Hayley Mapley

OCLC upload tips and tricks

Koha is a Library Management System (LMS) used worldwide by more than 15,000 libraries. The Koha team at Catalyst are passionate about using Koha and helping libraries (big and...
Russell Michell

State of the (Blockchain) Nation: Part 2

Introduction In Part 1, I discussed the state of the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry in New Zealand, and introduced readers to a report produced in December 2018 which...
Russell Michell

State of the (Blockchain) Nation: Part 1

Introduction In December 2018, Callaghan Innovation in association with MBIE and Centrality produced their report summarising the state of Blockchain Technology in a New...
Don Christie

The Future of NZ IT: Creators or Consumers?

The Future of NZ IT: Creators or Consumers? New Zealand’s ICT industry is at a critical point. Do we build a future for our sector as creators, or do we become the passive...
Sarah Scott

Analytics on user interactions with Matomo

The idea of web analytics is not new or revolutionary. In the 1990’s nearly every website had a hit counter, an odometer-style counter at the bottom of the page. That was the very...
Nikki Sinclair

The 3Fs of surviving the Flash Apocalypse

  I have to be honest, I'm not sure I ever thought this day would come. Having worked in the industry for 15 odd years I feel like the death of Flash has been talked about...
Paul Stevens

The Elearning Flash apocalypse

Flash is going EOL in 2020 but most browsers will drop support in mid-2019. Years ago the IT community and popular media got excited about the Y2K bug that was due to plunge us...
Kristina Hoeppner

Mahara Hui DACH18: Something for every educator

At the end of November, I had the privilege of attending Mahara Hui DACH18, Mahara Hui for Germany (D), Austria (A), and Switzerland (CH). The event was held at PH Wien, the...
Daniel Roperto

Agile and Test-Driven Development

The spirit of Agile development is to allow changes to happen when they are needed. The biggest benefit of running a test-driven development process is that the project does...