Coding da Vinci
The last weekend in April saw 150 hackers gathering together at the offices of Wikimedia Deutschland in Berlin. It was loads of digitized cultural heritage data of 33 GLAM institutions that bribed them to come. All of the data under free license. The offices were crammed with people for the entire weekend. Data was presented, ideas pitches, workshops held and in between the hacking sound was in the air. A lovely tune. It was the kick off to Coding da Vinci the cultural hackathon in Germany in its second edition. Wikimedia Deutschland together with the German Digital Library, the German aggregator to EUROPEANA, the German section of the Open Knowledge Foundation and digiS, a regional service for digitizing, organizes this programming competition. In July a jury will choose the winners among the participating projects. By now 18 are registered at the hackdash. WMDE supported several GLAMS integrating their data directly to Wikimedia Commons. But more data needs to be uploaded. Both historical movie sequences from the early 20th century, insect scans and butterflies, digitized paintings, soundsamples of many thousand languages, well over 45 datasets open to reuse and waiting for you to explore it. Participation is still possible, just have a look on the data and feel free to start off your own project.
For more info listen to this English podcast.
And check the WMDE blogpost.
Euro-chemists come to town
Andy Mabbett, Wikimedian in Residence at the Royal Society of Chemistry, visited Berlin to give a talk to early career chemists from all over Europe at the 10th Delegates Assembly of the European Young Chemists' Network.
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