Hack4Europe!2012, Leuven, Belgium
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 1:00 PM - Friday, June 15, 2012 at 3:00 PM (CEST)
Hack4Europe! is a series of hack days organised by the Europeana Foundation and its partners and provide an exciting environment to explore the potential of open cultural data for social and economic growth in Europe.
Hack4Europe! 2012 road show will include 3 hackathons in 3 different countries organised by Europeana and selected Europeana Awareness partners between 9 May and 21 June. The kick-off of this programme, Hack4Europe! 2012, will be at the Europeana Awareness event "Culture for digital innovation" on 9 May 2012 in Brussels.
Hack4Europe!2012 Leuven will take place alongside the Europeana Plenary from 13 to 15 June in Leuven and will bring together up to 30 developers from across Europe. hey have access to the diverse and rich Europeana collections containing over 21 million records, Europeana Search API (incl. a test key and technical documentation), digitized WW1 memorabilia collected during the Europeana WW1 road shows in spring 2012 and Europeana Linked Open Data Pilot datasets, which currently comprise about 2.5 million Europeana records available under a CC0 license.
Participants will be encouraged to try out their ideas for creative reuse of the Europeana content and build prototypes showcasing the social and business value of open cultural data. The suggested (but not obligatory) themes are:
- Going mobile: Applications that bring Europeana to the mobile devices be they smart phones or tablets! Take advantage of geo-data and geo-awareness.
- Mashing-up: Mash-up with other APIs and combine and enrich Europeana content with other free content from e.g. Wikipedia.
- Social curation: Applications that allow users to curate Europeana content a share it with the world and each others on social platforms.
- User annotations: Applications that let users enrich Europeana objects with comments, tags, links to external sources, or links to other Europeana objects. This can be in the form of a game.
- World War One: Special attention will be on applications built to showcase the human interest side of world war one based on the material collected during the Europeana collection days.
You can find out more about prototypes developed during previous hackathons here.
Best prototypes will be awarded prizes in the four categories:
- best commercial viability
- greatest social impact
- most innovative
- developers’ pick (voted by hackathon participants)
Winners from the individual hackathons will be then further evaluated and one finalist per category will be invited and awarded a special prize during the Digital Agenda Assembly on 21-22 June in Brussels.
Important: Developers must register in advance to indicate their interest. Depending on the demand for the event, organisers will decide on the final delegate list and send a confirmation e-mail to the selected ones about three weeks prior to the event. Registration closes on 1 June, or earlier if we will reach the maximum number of participants. Please register as soon as you can (preferably by 25 May) to be able to receive the final confirmation e-mail in a time which will allow you to arrange your participation.
Travel and substinence costs for the attending developers will be covered by Europeana according to the Europeana reimbursement rules v2.0.
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When & Where
Europeana and Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports
Europeana (www.europeana.eu) is a single access point to the digitised European cultural and scientific heritage. The online portal was launched by the President of the European Commission in November 2008 and currently provides access to almost 22 million materials from European libraries, museums, archives, galleries and audiovisual collections (incl. ca 2 millions in public domain). 2200 institutions contribute cultural content to Europeana and their number and geographic coverage are steadily growing.
Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports (http://en.www.mcu.es)
The Directorate General for Fine Arts and Cultural Assets, Archives and Libraries of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, through the Subdirectorate General for Libraries Coordination, organizes the Europeana Conference / VI Congreso Nacional de Bibliotecas Públicas (6th Spanish Public Libraries Congress), which will take place in Burgos (Spain) on 9, 10 and 11 October 2012 under the theme "Public Libraries: Individual Memory, Global Heritage".