“ Being part of Culture Hack Scotland helped deﬁne our approach to innovation and has given us access to a like-minded and inﬂuential community of culture, design and digital professionals Hugh Wallace ” Head of Digital Media, National Museums of Scotland
Culture Hack Scotland is a 24 hr event where digital & design talentwork together with cultural organisations to make new and excitinginnovation projects.Last year’s CHS was the most productive event of its type ever seenwith the creation of 30 amazing projects inspired from datasetssourced from cultural organisations across Scotland.This year Culture Hack Scotland takes place April 27/28 in Glasgowwith the theme Data, Sound+Vision as part of Sync the newprototyping and cultural innovation programme for Scotland.Central to the event is a group of organisations who participate asdata partners. This document explains what that means and whythis opportunity for you to be one of only 8 cultural data partnersthis year is not to be missed.
“ Culture Hack Scotland was a great advert for how open innovation can transform access to culture. Blown away by Culture Hack Scotland. Probably the most productive hackday that I’ve ever seen. Well done Scotland. A fantastic opportunity for non-techies to get their head around the possibilities that digital media offers. An educational, informative and fun experience. It really highlighted the advantages and importance of openness and collaboration. No clearer demonstration of how the worlds of digital and the ” arts are the same terra ﬁrma. I want more. Participant feedback at Culture Hack Scotland 2011
What is a dataset?A dataset is a set of information of any type in a digital format.Some examples of datasets include:- event listings- museums collections data- online data archives- creative text, audio or video content- performer and performance database- non-conﬁdential audience-related data- detailed statistics/research
What makes a good/bad dataset?Good datasets:- have lots of items- has lots of associated metadata (e.g. location, dates etc)- is in a consistent electronic format- is rich and interestingIf you offer a dataset for Culture Hack Scotland, it will be publishedwith a licence with terms of fair usage. We provide a generic licenceand custom licenses can be agreed as appropriate in the recognitionthat datasets with more restrictive terms are less likely to be usedduring the event.
Examples of data partners from previous events:- National Museums of Scotland - collections data- Edinburgh Festivals - complete listings data- Guardian - full article content- Royal Opera House - performance and collections data- City of Edinburgh Council - city-wide footfall data- National Galleries of Scotland - collections data- BBC - archive data- Skinny & The List - listings dataAnd what were the sort of things that these datasets gotturned into?..
The Edinburgh International Book Festival’s world classmobile site was based on a Culture Hack Scotland prototype
Full production version CHS prototypeThe Edinburgh International Book Festival’s world class mobile sitein summer 2011 started as Culture Hack Scotland prototype
Dating site festafriend started as at Culture Hack Scotland prototypeand that summer became the talk of the Edinburgh Festival
The beautiful data visualisation festivalsclock.com startedas a Culture Hack Scotland project
As well as 27 other great projects created in just 24 hours.Explore them all at www.culturehackscotland.com
Beneﬁts to your being a data partner- Your data is used as the creative basis of the CHS event- Your organisation is aligned with a high proﬁle innovation event- Access to the community of developers and designers- Ability to explore digital innovation in a risk-free environment- Logo and credit on the Sync/Culture Hack Scotland website- Logos visible during the launch of the event- Listed as a Culture Hack Scotland in all press releases- Guaranteed tickets for 2 members of staff
Other things for data partners bring to CHSProblems: understanding your challenges can inspire creative yetrelevant solutionsPeople: having senior leadership at the launch and staff who canexplain the context of the data incentivises usagePrizes: such as tickets, exclusive views incentivise participantsPlease recognise that the talent that comes to the event do so asgenerous volunteers. Data partners therefore are invited in the samespirit and consider the digital & design participants as collaboratorsand potential future partners and not as free labour.
Some other questions you might haveIsn’t hacking a bad thing?Many words have multiple meanings and in this context hacking means thepractice of digital talent making new projects quickly and creatively. The CultureHacks in London and Scotland in 2011 both catalysed massive interest in this kindof work from both practitioners and policy makers so it can’t be all bad!Who owns the IP of what gets made?The developer or designer has the rights over the code/app/website that theymight make while the data owner retains all ownership to any data it might use.Like the Edinburgh Intl Book festival in 2011, after the event the data owner canthen discuss with the developer how they take the project forward together.Will my organisation kick itself if it doesn’t take part?Probably yes.
Culture Hack Scotland will be held at the stunning SocietyM- a newly opened workspace for so called business nomads
Centrally located just 5 minutes from Glasgow Queen Street,this creative workspace will be inspiring for all involved
Contact a Sync Producer to ﬁnd out moreContact Suzy on email@example.com orRohan on firstname.lastname@example.org to talk about whatdata sets you might have and the best ways for yourorganisation to take part in Culture Hack Scotland.The target deadline for receiving datasets is March 1st.Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you
SYNC is a new two-year programme for thecultural sector in Scotland – all about making,prototyping and innovation in the space whereculture, technology and design meet.SYNC consists of the landmark Culture HackScotland event, a Geeks-in-Residenceprogramme and SyncTank the future-facingonline magazine.SYNC is supported by Creative Scotland and youcan ﬁnd out more at www.welcometosync.com