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Hacking Arts & Culture by Linda Ellis


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Over the last two years 4 museum service and 4 archive services within the Black Country have been working together to provide online access to item level collections information. The data is made available via a website, as a feed to Culture Grid and also an an API feed. In April 2011 we held a Museums hack day and invited web developers and open data enthusiasts to play with our data.

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Hacking Arts & Culture by Linda Ellis

  1. 1. Black Country Museums Hack Day Linda Ellis Wolverhampton Arts + Heritage
  2. 2. Black Country Collections Online <ul><li>MLA funded project 2011 - 12 </li></ul>
  3. 3. Black Country History website
  4. 4. Black Country History website <ul><li>8 partners; 4 museum services, 4 archives </li></ul><ul><li>As of May 2011 contains 146,000+ records </li></ul><ul><ul><li>28,000+ records with images </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>24,000+ museum records </li></ul></ul><ul><li>MySQL based repository contains XML and provides OAI target </li></ul><ul><li>SOLR based indexing, qualified DC, matches CultureGrid schema </li></ul><ul><li>Rate limited API layer over SOLR </li></ul>
  5. 5. Data fed into Culture Grid
  6. 6. Why a Hack Day? <ul><li>To meet local developers </li></ul><ul><li>To find out developers views on our data and our project </li></ul><ul><li>To generate new ideas </li></ul><ul><li>To start to create new uses of our data </li></ul>
  7. 7. Fun <ul><li>Attendees had to make their own badge </li></ul><ul><li>Brought along some handling objects </li></ul><ul><li>Small prizes – Easter egg for the best badge, Amazon vouchers for the best hack </li></ul><ul><li>Lunch, sweets and drinks provided </li></ul>
  8. 8. But also hard work
  9. 9. Hacks <ul><li>5 hacks created on the day: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Go Fish – type in a keyword > 9 random images, user creates a story </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pairs game – 20 images, user has to find the pairs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Around here – mobile app that displays images based on users location and location data associated with an image </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Connections – 16 images, user has to identify sets of images and the link </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Black Country fashion – user selects a hat, top, skirt / trousers and shoes to make up an outfit </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Go Fish
  11. 11. Black Country Fashion
  12. 12. Lessons learnt <ul><li>Crucial: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Good, reliable Wi-Fi </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Venue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lunch </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Keep it informal </li></ul><ul><li>Doesn’t have to be a whole weekend </li></ul><ul><li>Great for generating new ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Technical support </li></ul><ul><li>It’s fun! </li></ul>
  13. 13. What next? <ul><li>Would like to take 2 or 3 of the hacks and progress to finished resources </li></ul><ul><li>Would like to hold more hack days in the Midlands to generate: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>interest in our data and our collections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>new ideas for digital resources that could be built </li></ul></ul><ul><li>BUT we don’t have the funding to do this at the moment </li></ul>
  14. 14. Get in touch <ul><li>Linda Ellis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter: @wagwebteam </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Black Country Museums </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter: @BCMusuems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Black Country History website: </li></ul></ul>