Report on the OpenGLAM-Culturehackathon at St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences
Last week at St. Pölten UAS, the OpenGLAM-Culturehackathon 2017 took place with the theme "Cultural Heritage". The event dealt with how cultural-heritage data could be openly used. The discussions and workshops resulted in four concrete project ideas for the Lower Austrian culture sector.
The aim of the event was to make data from collections, libraries, archives and museums visible. Open data offers opportunities for cooperation and new insights both in science as well as in the areas of art and culture. For this purpose, experts from the fields of culture and science met last week from Thursday to Saturday at St. Pölten UAS.
Projects to make culture accessible
The results of the work are four concrete projects for which concepts were developed within the framework of the workshops. The project "KuKoNÖ - Kultur Kontext Niederösterreich” (Culture Context Lower Austria) produced sketches for an app. that uses geocaching, storytelling and games to prepare cultural data. The project "Glamory" has set itself the goal of making information on art objects accessible for viewers via augmented reality.
The "Networks Biography" concept is intended to visualize biographical information about geographical locations. The fourth project deals with the automatic recognition of manuscripts and objects of the ethnographic collection. The projects will be presented at the Forum Medientechnik (Forum Media Technology) at St. Pölten UAS on the 29th and 30th of November.
The Culturehackathon was organised by OpenGLAM Austria and supported by Donauuniversität Krems (Danube University Krems), the city of St. Pölten as well as the Departments of Science & Research and Art & Culture of Lower Austria. The partners were: the Academy of Sciences, Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities, Austrian Institute of Technology, Donauuniversität Krems (Danube University Krems), St. Pölten UAS, ICARUS - Internationales Zentrum für Archivforschung (International Centre for Archival Research), NÖN (Lower Austrian News) and the City of St. Pölten.