Hacking Arts & Culture by John Coburn


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  • Hack days something totally new to us Meeting people, new ideas, and being social- not delivering projects
  • We wanted to see how museum/gallery collections could be reused In terms of an API- CMP/public-facing API
  • Interested in the value of our data Hack day an opportunity
  • Tonnes of activity up in the North East Almost everyone I spoke to was fascinated by the fact museums and galleries were exploring APIs and open data They promoted, came along, made a video of the event
  • 2 of the 5 were partially developed in advance of the event!!!
  • Every one wanted to attend again alistair- CGHD websites, B2B website Rob Kilby- guidance, server space (charity) Series of hack events
  • Despite the attendance of ‘experts’, coders will have their own ideas…. On the day, most of the developers began working on pre-conceived ideas, leaving many of the non-techies with no programmer.
  • Our sector is lucky to have fantastic content- we have collections- photography, film, oral histories- not just programme and event data cultural venues have to offer But we shouldn’t forget that it doesn’t matter how engaging our content is… accessibility and good documentation are key
  • They are lots of open data enthusiasts attending these events up and down the country Willing to offer support, guidance and time because they fundamentally believe in opening up data
  • Next steps- Improving social, opportunities for meeting people and sharing ideas, Smaller, focused themed hacks that run regularly Potential for North East cultural event Novel venues Data to Culture Grid Up for Collaboration @harryharrold said 'If output is a dev'ed prototype; useful with ideas, very handy to have native guides to data. But in 1 day, time to build crucial.' [Too-short hack days is a whole other conversation but if they must be short, let coders get on with it!]
  • Hacking Arts & Culture by John Coburn

    1. 1. John Coburn- E-Collections Officer Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
    2. 2. @newcastle_libraries
    3. 3. <ul><li>Testing the water with the Culture Grid API </li></ul><ul><li>15,000 TWAM records (500k) </li></ul><ul><li>30,000 NE Renaissance-funded </li></ul><ul><li>55,000 NE records </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>“ People are over-optimistic about future commercial value (of our data) and not excited enough about present public value .” </li></ul>‘ Encouraging Digital Access to Culture’ DCMS, March 2010
    5. 5. … relationships!
    6. 6. 60 signed up - 40 attended 28 coders - 12 “non-coders” 5 working prototypes and 2 concepts developed in 8 hours Funding awarded to 2 projects after the event @martin_88
    7. 7. Data visualisations Content integrated into virtual worlds Map search tools Object palette generator
    8. 8. Simp le QR code generator for exhibitions Distributes Grid content to Facebook networks @ janetedavis
    9. 9. <ul><li>The good bits </li></ul>
    10. 10. Knowing what’s possible (most ideas weren’t developed) 2 usable (inexpensive) ideas Good will shown to cultural orgs publishing data New relationships- ongoing support and guidance @martin_88
    11. 11. <ul><li>Things we learnt </li></ul>
    12. 12. <ul><li>Ideas/coding time balance </li></ul><ul><li>On the day collaborations between coders and non-coders </li></ul><ul><li>Only 1 project realistic in 8 hrs </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate the ideas session </li></ul><ul><li>Competition compromises collaboration? </li></ul><ul><li>Keep it social </li></ul>
    13. 13. <ul><li>‘ Broadening Hack Days’ on </li></ul><ul><li>http://museum-api.pbworks.com </li></ul>
    14. 14. <ul><li>“ If the data isn’t in a format that someone can easily access then it’s going to lie fallow, unused and unexplored…the more accessible the data is, regardless of how interesting or controversial it is , the more people will make something out of it. Ease of access is paramount”. </li></ul><ul><li>A blogger after attending a </li></ul><ul><li>Culture Grid demo, June 2010. </li></ul>
    15. 15. Hunt down and embrace your local open data geeks @ alistair_uk Alistair
    16. 16. What’s next?
    17. 17. <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>@j0hncoburn </li></ul>