New Zealand Science

The New Zealand Science database was originally created by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), the Divisions of which became the Crown Research Institutes (CRIs). It contains reasonably comprehensive indexed records of their scientists’ publications (international as well as local), some as far back as 1848. The database, known as “SIRIS” was hosted for a time on The National Library’s “Kiwinet” search service, where it was known as STIX.

There is a wide variation in the coverage and extent of information contained in each record, but generally you will see the author(s), title, source, date of the record and some keywords. The database ceased being updated by the CRI’s in 1998. In 2000 some new records were received and successfully loaded into the database. These were the NIWA and Landcare collections.

The database was also enriched by the inclusion of a comprehensive selected bibliography on NZ forestry conservation and management by Marleene Boyd.

By 2009 more records were contributed by the libraries at IRL, the Royal Society of New Zealand, the Department of Conservation, NIWA, HortResearch and Geological and Nuclear Sciences (GNS). Over time libraries have stopped providing their indexed records to NZ Science and currently only GNS still provides regular updates.