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RLUK Hack Day – 14 May 2014

Mike Mertens - April 16, 2014 in Featured, Hack days

RLUK_logoResearch Libraries UK (RLUK) represents 34 of the leading and most significant research libraries in the UK and Ireland. Working with The European Library, RLUK will soon be releasing over 17 million bibliographic records as Linked Open Data. We want to invite developers from the library, academic and general coding community to realise the full impact of this very large open dataset. We want to encourage people to engage with the data, reuse it and make it usable for others in the pursuit of research and learning that will benefit all.

As such following on from the launch of the dataset, RLUK is running an initial Hack Day at Senate House Library, London. A one-day event, the day is aimed at encouraging direct development of the dataset, and will be a hands-on bring your own device set of sessions for those with a practical interest in or experience of developing services and prototypes using Linked Open Data.

Competition Themes

There will be several themes (and associated prize categories, to be announced) for the day:

  • Linking Up datasets – a prize for work that combines data from multiple data sets
  • WWI
  • Eastern Europe
  • Delivering a valuable hack for RLUK members

Further details, as well as the option to register for this event, are available through this Eventbrite page.

Promoting Linked Open Data innovation in libraries

In addition, as part of this cooperation between The European Library and RLUK, The European Library is running an awareness tel_logodownloadcampaign to promote Linked Open Data (LOD) innovations in libraries across Europe. The European Library has designed a set editorials that will highlight 6 LOD use cases across Europe:

  • The British Library
  • Cambridge University Library
  • The French National Library
  • The Spanish National Library
  • The National Library of The Netherlands (KB)
  • The German National Library

The first use case features the British Library; the editorial is now available here:



OpenGLAM on the eve of OKFest

Joris Pekel - September 16, 2012 in Events/Workshops, Hack days, Updates, Workshops


The last few weeks, it has been relatively quiet on the OpenGLAM blog. The main reason for this is the amazing OKFestival, which is about to start tomorrow and will welcome more than a thousand people during the week. We have been working together with great people from the Aalto University, the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Europeana and many more on creating a program that is appealing to anybody with an interest in cultural heritage. Here a quick overview of what we are planning to do.

Open Culture and Science hackday

We will kick off on Tuesday with a collaborative hackathon together with the people of the Open Science working group, a field which has a lot more in common with opening up cultural heritage institutions than one might think at first. After all, treasures that are hidden in archives, libraries and museums are of great value for researchers as well. New ways of interacting with these documents, for example digitised manuscripts, with new tools can push the ways we do research further and help us get new insights in history and science. We have gathered lots of datasets and tools for this event to work on/with. It will be the first hackathon where people get a chance to work with the more than 20 million objects in the Europeana database that have been released under a CC0 license last week. We are also very happy with the fact that a number of Finnish cultural institions have been working very hard to prepare their data as good as possible especially for this hackathon. For a complete overview of all the datasets and tools, have a look at the OKFest page

Building the Cultural Commons

There are many people and organisations around the world that are doing great work in opening up cultural data. The OpenGLAM initiative has taken this opportunity to gather all these people to share experiences, discuss current issues and decide on next steps to be taken. We are delighted that representatives from organisations such as Wikimedia, Communia, Europeana, Creative Commons, the Open Rights Group and several Finnish institutions are joining us for this day. All results will be shared on the OpenGLAM blog.

OpenGLAM workshop

On the Thursday, we host a workshop for Finnish cultural heritage institutions where we discuss the idea of open data for cultural institutions. Here we demonstrate and discuss how opening up your cultural data will work for you as an institution. Unfortunately, there are still many problems in opening up data. Here we will especially focus on the licensing issues of the data. Besides that, we have invited several people who will demonstrate the work they have been doing with open data. This includes both cultural institutions, as well as users such as scholars and developers.


Finally on the Thursday afternoon, right after the workshop, we will invite Michael Edson from the Smithsonian Institute to take the stage at the INSPIRE auditorium and give a keynote for the entire festival. For a bit of a flavor what to expect click here.

As mentioned above, in the coming weeks we will post several write-ups, results and reports coming out of the OKFestival. If you want to keep updated about these, do sign up for the OpenGLAM mailing list!

Hacks Up from Hack On the Record at the UK’s National Archives

Sam Leon - April 24, 2012 in Front Page, Hack days

Photo of the National Archives by Nick Cooper (CC-by-SA)

A few weeks back I posted on here about an up-and-coming Hackathon at the UK’s National Archives. Jo Pugh, who organised the event, has now posted all the hacks that came out of the weekend, a summary of which can be found below:

At the close of the event, 11 teams opted to present. They were:


‘Hack on the Record’ at the National Archives

Sam Leon - February 9, 2012 in Front Page, Hack days

Photo of the National Archives by Nick Cooper (CC-by-SA)

Exciting news from the UK National Archives, they’re opening up their vaults and holding their first hack day. As Jo Pugh writes on their website:

Over the weekend of 24 and 25 March, The National Archives is holding its first hack day. We will be opening up the archives to web developers and designers to encourage them to gather and exchange ideas and make use of The National Archives’ data and documents.

We want to work with developers who share our interest in history, government and culture, to devise and build systems using our records, as well as datasets from across the web. Non-developers are also welcome – anyone with ideas for interesting tools, visualisations or systems developers could build using our data.

On the day, we will have records experts from The National Archives on hand, together with colleagues from the British Museum, British Library and Wikimedia UK to talk about their data and to pitch ideas.

In the run up to the event The National Archives will be publishing a list of datasets to be used on the day.

The Archives are responding to specific requests for datasets and even offering to do some limited digitisation work. Requests should be emailed to

The event is free but places are limited. So grab a place and sign up here.

For more info and updates on the event visit their blog.