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Chinese Digital Community. A step-by-step tutorial Created by Henry Liu Auckland Libraries Make a start. Chinese Digital Community. What is it? An online community created by the New Zealand Chinese Association (NZCA) and Auckland Libraries. Web address:

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chinese digital community

Chinese Digital Community

A step-by-step tutorial

Created byHenry Liu

Auckland Libraries

Make a start .

chinese digital community1
Chinese Digital Community

What is it?

An online community created by the New Zealand Chinese Association (NZCA) and Auckland Libraries.

Web address:

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Chinese Digital Community

What is it for?

  • To preserve the heritage of New Zealand’s Chinese community
  • To provide future generations with an online archive about the Chinese who lived and contributed to the development of New Zealand
  • To share Chinese culture
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Chinese Digital Community

Who is it for?

  • Those who wish to provide, share and store information on the website that is related to New Zealand’s Chinese heritage.

What can you do?

  • Join for free
  • Contribute in the form of a
    • Topic (e.g. text article, personal story)
    • Document (e.g. pdf)
    • Link
    • Audio
    • Video
    • Image
  • Discuss (i.e. add comments)
  • Create groups (it’s possible to set group information for members only so it’s not viewable by the public)
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Chinese Digital Community

How to use the website?

  • Basic use – browse as a non-registered user.
  • Advanced use – contribute as a registered user.
basic use

Basic use

Browse as a non-registered user


In your web browser, type in You will be taken to the Chinese Digital Community website. See Featured, Tags…


You can search the website by typing a keyword or phrase in the search box. Try typing “Otago”then click “Go” or press Enter on your keyboard.



You’ll see a list of results related to Otago.

Scroll down to see rest of page.

summary of basic use
Summary of basic use
  • Browse featured items
  • Browse by tags
  • Browse by category
  • Search the website
advanced use

Advanced use

Register for free


Choose a preferred license. You can read more about each license by clicking on ‘View license’.

Selecting the default setting means people are allowed to download, alter and distribute your stuff as long as they credit you and use the same license as yours.

Type in the security code.

Tick this box to agree to the terms and conditions.

Click on Sign up.


Select a privacy setting.

Type in the title of your image.

Scroll down the page.


Write a brief description of the image.

Select the privacy setting for your image.

Scroll down the page.


Add tag(s) separated by commas.

Upload image.

Click on category dropdown, select a category, e.g. Social Life & Customs.


The default setting for location is “on” and “Auckland”. But you can drag the red balloon to another location on the map or switch this function off by ticking this box.

Scroll down the page.


Select a preferred license setting.

The default setting means people can download, change and distribute your stuff but they’ll have to credit you and use the same license as yours.

Now click on Create.


Here is the image you’ve just uploaded.

Uh-oh, typo! Word should be spelt “launched”.

Click on ‘Edit’ to make changes.


You’re now in editing mode.

Scroll down the page.


Typo has been corrected.

Wow, you’re also allowed to edit other people’s stuff – as long as you sign in first.

group created by people with common similar backgrounds or interests

Created by people with common/similar backgrounds or interests.


You’ll be emailed once your application has been approved – or no approval is required if you’re joining a public group; membership is instant.


1) Give your group a name, e.g. ‘Chinese Librarians’

2) Select one of three options to set who can add, edit items, e.g. only group members

3) Scroll down


1) Select one of four options to set joining policy, e.g. Request Membership.

2) Click on “Create” to create your group.


Say you’d like to say something about an image you’ve found.

Click on “Discuss” to add your comments.


1) Give your comments a title

2) Write your comments here

4) Scroll down to see rest of page

3) Add tags


Set categories, location (or “don’t record a location”), then make sure you ‘Save’

summary of advanced use
Summary of advanced use
  • Sign up
  • Contribute:

* Add items (topic, image, document, audio,

video, link)

* Edit (correct or modify your and others’ contribution)

* Discuss/comment

  • Group:

* Join and create

some useful links
Some useful links
  • Help

  • About

thank you

Thank You

Comments and suggestions welcome:

January 2011