On 26/27 April "Coding da Vinci", the first German open cultural data hackathon, started in the facilities of Wikimedia Deutschland. 150 participants set themselves the challenge to develop apps using open cultural data sets provided by 11 cultural heritage institutions. Hackers as well as representatives of the GLAMs had the opportunity to exchange views on digital cultural heritage and furthermore develop projects for the cultural sector as well as the public.
A total of 24 project ideas were pitched during the weekend, e.g. a Cyberbeetle based on data from the Museum für Naturkunde, that could dance to the drumming beats of the music instruments of the Ethnological Museum. The project “Poetic Relief” creates new access to the Jewish grave inscriptions of the Steinheim Institute. During the next 10 weeks, all team members will further develop their projects. On 6/7 July, the apps and projects will be presented to the public, the GLAMs and a jury that awards prizes to the best projects at the end of the hackathon. Coding da Vinci is a joint project by Wikimedia Germany, the German Digital Library, Service Centre Digitization Berlin and Open Knowledge Foundation Germany.