Award for CEISMIC digital archive

CEISMIC, the digital archive from the University of Canterbury has won the category for best project for public audiences in the inaugural international Digital Humanities Award in the best project for public audiences. The awards are voted for by the public.

Ref: AWNS-19420701-17-1, Wairarapa earthquake damage, 1942, Sir George Grey Special Collections
The digital archive was set up to record the aftermath of the Canterbury earthquakes. It contains, audio visual, images, text based documents relating to the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. This information has been gathered by leading New Zealand cultural and educational organisations including: Archives New Zealand, Christchurch City Libraries, Canterbury Museum, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, Ministry for Culture and Heritage (MCH), National Library, New Zealand Film Archive, NZ on Screen, Ngāi Tahu Research Centre and Te Papa.

Ref: AWNS-19011205-3-3, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Access to resources is through keyword search on the site. Data is constantly being added to the site and by the end of the year, 100,000 quake stories and images etc are expected to be on the site, creating a valuable cultural and scientific digital asset. Features include Quake Stories, a record by people of their experiences during and after the earthquakes and the rebuild. Whilst, Quakestudies provides a secure, access controlled 'vault' for stakeholders to safely store their content.


  1. High Street stories from Christchurch:


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