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Coding da Vinci cultural data hackathon heads to Lower Saxony
Playing with cultural data
October saw the kick-off of Coding da Vinci Niedersachsen, the latest edition of our cultural data hackathon. Co-founded by Wikimedia Germany together with partners the Germany Digital Library, the Forschungs- und Kompetenzzentrum Digitalisierung Berlin (the Berlin Senate’s office for digitalisation) and Open Knowledge Germany back in 2014, this is the 10th edition of Coding da Vinci, which brings together cultural institutions and their data with digital creatives and open data enthusiasts. The creative projects that result show the potential of digital cultural heritage for institutions when they open it and invite co-creation.
With funding from the German Federal Cultural Foundation Coding da Vinci has been able to continue its journey touring the country, supporting regional partners to run their own edition of the hackathon. This time we explored the north-western state of Niedersachsen, bordering with the North Sea and the Netherlands. The regional organisers - from the Open Science Lab at TIB, the Hannover Kulturzentrum Pavillon and further partners - did an incredible job reaching out to local GLAMs and brought in a record-breaking 45 open datasets from 36 institutions. The datasets were pitched to hackathon participants during a remote 2-day kick-off weekend which was hosted variously in parallel webex sessions, in a wonder.me lounge, and streamed over youtube live. Ideas were pitched, and teams were built, and we now enter into a 12-week long sprint phase with 20 project teams.
10th GLAM conference "Shaping Access!" on COVID and cultural institutions
By Lilli Iliev
On October 29&30, the first all-digital edition of "Shaping Access!" took place, broadcasted from the offices of Wikimedia Deutschland. 25 speakers talked about innovation, copyright, public freedom & data protection in the crisis. For two days, the participants discussed new paths that cultural institutions must take due to the pandemic. The videos of the conference (in German) are online:
Conference day 1, innovation and copyright After a greeting from Abraham Taherivand, digital cultural projects were presented that were created during the months of contact restrictions. Later, the role of Open Data in the cultural sector was discussed, and interested people were able to join in the discussion in thematic focus groups.
Conference day 2, public domain and data protection What is in the public domain must also remain in the digital public domain! This WMDE demand was reaffirmed in the Wikimedia salon "Who owns art?" We also dealt with data protection hurdles in digital cultural projects - and how they can be overcome.