Outputs of the #GLAMhack Anniversary

| 11. Mrz 2020 | in Allgemein | Keine Kommentare

On 29 February, the Swiss National Library kindly hosted our celebration of the 5th Anniversary of the Swiss Open Cultural Data Hackathon. Around 40 participants gathered for a day of mutual inspiration and exchange, collective brainstorming and restrospecting.

GLAMhack Birthday Cake. Photo by GLAMoperator via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Workshop on „Linked Open Data Ecosystem for Heritage Data“: We inspired ourselves from the data ecosystem approach in the field of the performing arts and discussed ways to transfer it to heritage data. The themes of the three workshops were: (1) Inventory of Swiss heritage institutions, (2) Interlinking of holdings (“archives at” in Wikidata) and (3) Linked data in the context of heritage data platforms: data provision and semantic search. The results of the workshop are documented here.

Retrospective of the past GLAMhack Editions: infoclio.ch has documented our events and the hackathon projects from the very start! Now they have set up a page with all the videos. Check it out! Our friend @sodacpr presented a visualisation of the datasets that were released for the GLAMhacks. He selected everyday objects with a weight corresponding to the „gigabyte-weight“ of the datasets.

Visualisation of the datasets released for the past GLAMhacks through everyday objects. Photo by sodacpr, CC 4.0 BY.

Brainstorming Session for the up-coming GLAMhack: in view of the next Hackathon (4-6 June in Chur), the participants put their heads together in order to formulate ideas for projects and challenges. This resulted in 12 project ideas which we hope will be further pursued during the Hackathon. If you are curious to know more or interested in joining a project, you can simply write it in this document.

Once again, we thank our host, the moderators and all the participants for this inspiring day!

#GLAMhack2020 Registration open!!

| 25. Feb 2020 | in Allgemein | Keine Kommentare

You can now register for this year’s Swiss Open Cultural Data Hackathon. Registration is open until 22 May 2020. We are happy to be hosted by the Swiss Institute for Information Science at the FHGR Chur, in collaboration with the Institute for Multimedia Production. The main Hackathon will take place on Friday and Saturday, while we will propose some workshops and a guided tour of the Digitization Lab of the FHGR on the Thursday. You will find more details and updates on the event page.

#GLAMhack 5th Anniversary – 29 February 2020

| 19. Dez 2019 | in Allgemein | Ein Kommentar

On Saturday, 29 February 2020, we will celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Swiss Open Cultural Data Hackathon at the National Library in Bern. On this occasion, we are organizing two workshops and a short retrospective. Depending on the participants, the workshops will be held in English or in French and German.

Participation is free of charge and open to anybody interested. For practical reasons, we kindly ask you to register here.


  • 10h-12h Workshop: Linked Open Data Ecosystem for Heritage Data (details below)
  • 12h-13h Lunch Break
  • 13h-14h Retrospective of the first 5 editions of the #GLAMhack
  • 14h-16h Workshop: Challenges for the #GLAMhack2020 (details below)
Host of our Anniversary: the Swiss National Library. Photo by krol:k (CC BY-SA 3.0).

Workshop: Linked Open Data Ecosystem for Heritage Data

During the workshop, we will take inspiration from the Linked Open Data Ecosystem for the Performing Arts to guide our thoughts about the development of a linked open data ecosystem for heritage data. After an introduction to the data ecosystem approach, we will work in three thematic groups to discuss the next steps in view of the establishment of a Linked Open Data Ecosystem for Heritage Data in Switzerland.

Theme 1: Inventory of Swiss heritage institutions
Moderated by: Heike Bazak (VSA) and Matthias Nepfer (NB)

Theme 2: Interlinking of holdings (“archives at” in Wikidata)
Moderated by: Michael Gasser (ETH-Bibliothek) and Lothar Schmitt (ZB Zürich)

Theme 3: Linked data in the context of heritage data platforms: data provision and semantic search
Moderated by: Bernd Uttenweiler (ETH-Bibliothek) and Beat Estermann (BFH)

Workshop: Challenges and project ideas for the #GLAMhack2020

In view of the 2020 edition of the #GLAMhack (4-6 June at the FHGR in Chur), we propose a collective brainstorming session to try and formulate some interesting challenges. If you already have a specific project idea, this is the opportunity to present it, get feedback and find people to work with. The main focus of the hackathon will lie on Linked Open Data, Machine Learning, Human-Computer-Interaction and Crowdsourcing.

mix’n’hack 2019 – results

| 24. Sep 2019 | in Allgemein | Keine Kommentare

Once again, we are happy to present the results of the Swiss Open Cultural Data Hackathon, which was this year organised in collaboration with Museomix and thus entitled „mix’n’hack 2019“.

Back to the Greek Universe is a web application that allows users to explore the ancient Greek model of the universe in virtual reality so that they can realize what detailed knowledge the Greeks had of the movement of the celestial bodies observable from the Earth’s surface. The model is based on Claudius Ptolemy’s work, which is characterized by the fact that it adopts a geo-centric view of the universe with the earth in the center. Check it out!

Collaborative Virtual Museum for All Senses (CoViMAS) is an extended virtual museum which engages all senses of visitors. It is a substantial upgrade and expansion of the GLAMhack 2018 project “Walking around the Globe” and aims to provide a collaborative environment for multiple visitors in the virtual museum.

Opera Forever is an online collaboration platform and social networking site to collectively explore large amounts of opera recordings. The platform allows users to tag audio sequences with various types of semantics, such as personal preference, emotional reaction, specific musical features or technical issues.

TimeGazer is a time-traveling photo booth enabling you to send greetings from historical postcards. Based on the “Postcards from Valais (1890 – 1950)” dataset, consisting of nearly 4000 historic postcards of Valais, the project team created a prototype for a Mixed-Reality photo booth.

Human Name Creativity is a continuation of the GLAMhack 2018 project „Dog Name Creativity“, working this time with a dataset from the swiss post which provides the top 5 names from each postal code.

You can read more about the projects on the individual project pages. The links are gathered here.

Sign Up Now!

| 21. Jun 2019 | in Allgemein | Keine Kommentare

Registration for the upcoming Swiss Open Cultural Data Hackathon is open! Don’t forget to tell your friends!

This year’s hackathon will take place on 6-8 September 2019 at the brand new cultural center Les Arsenaux in Sion. This year’s edition is a collaboration with Museomix.ch and will combine the make-a-thon approach of Museomix with our traditional open data hackathon format – that’s why we have branded it “mix’n’hack 2019”.

GLAM mix’n’hack Pre-Event – 5 June 2019, Sion

| 13. Mai 2019 | in Allgemein | Keine Kommentare

Come and meet the members of OpenGLAM and Museomix during an apéromix dedicated to open culture. This year, the two associations are joining forces to organize a new event, a mix’n’hack at the crossroads of makeathon and hackathon, to imagine innovative ways to promote open data in Switzerland, around the theme of pluralism. Makers, coders, enthusiasts of culture and open data, join us to contribute to this unique collaborative event in Valais!

When: Wednesday, 5 June 2019, 18h

Where: Les Arsenaux, Rue de Lausanne 45, 1950 Sion

Eduard Spelterini, The mountains at the south end of the valley of Lauterbrunnen in the Bernese Alps, photographed from a balloon. Public domain.


Venez rencontrer les membres d’OpenGLAM et de Museomix lors d’un apéromix consacré à la culture ouverte. Cette année, les deux associations s’allient pour organiser un évènement inédit, un mix’n’hack à la croisée du makeathon et du hackathon, pour imaginer des façons innovantes de valoriser les données ouvertes en Suisses, sur la thématique de la pluralité. Makers, codeurs, amateurs de culture et d’open data, rejoignez-nous pour contribuer à cet évènement collaboratif unique en son genre en Valais!

Date: mercredi, 5 juin 2019, 18h

Lieu: Les Arsenaux, Rue de Lausanne 45, 1950 Sion



Wikidata Workshop

| 30. Apr 2019 | in Allgemein | Keine Kommentare

OpenGLAM CH is holding an introductary Workshop to Wikidata

Monday 13.05.2019, 9h-13h
BFH, Hallerstrasse 8, 3012 Bern
Room 218
Participation fee: CHF 100.- / free for members of Friends of OpenGLAM

The workshop will be held in German with English slides. The number of participants is limited to 20. REGISTRATION necessary until 8 May: valerie.hashimoto(at)openglam.ch



OpenGLAM at the “Long Night of Museums” in Basel

| 8. Feb 2019 | in Allgemein | Keine Kommentare

SUSTAINABILITY is one of the issues the Swiss Open Cultural Data Hackathon is dealing with: What happens to the hackathon projects after the hackathon? How to ensure that the projects are further developed and not fully abandoned? How to make them known to a broader audience? The “Long Nights of Museums”, which take place in different cities of Switzerland throughout the year, provide interesting platforms to investigate the sustainability of hackathon projects and the reception they get from the audience.

It’s Friday evening in mid-January. The nave of the Barfüsserkirche, home to Basel’s Historical Museum, is barely recognisable: a cloud of white balloons is floating over the medieval sculptures gathered next to the stage hosting the numerous performances of the night. The light is dimmed, the music is not. Right by the entrance, people wearing virtual reality glasses are immersed in an invisible space. They are visiting a virtual exhibition.

Photo: Databases and Information Systems (DBIS) Group, University of Basel.

The virtual exhibition is a new version of a project developed at our 2018 GLAMhack at the Swiss National Museum. “Walking around the Globe – VR Picture Expedition”, as it was originally entitled, had won the “Brand New” category of the GLAMhack Awards. Some of the project team members, all affiliated to the “Computer Science” studies at the University of Basel, took the initiative to present their project at the Long Night of Museums. The initial exhibition was widely modified as the original exhibits were replaced by artefacts from the Historical Museum’s own collections: photographs, prints and paintings which all show the Barfüsserkirche. In addition to the images, the museum provided explanatory labels, which were “hung” next to the exhibits on the virtual walls.

In order to inform the visitors about the context in which the project was developed as well as the OpenGLAM ideology and goals, OpenGLAM.ch organised a stand with posters listing the five principles of OpenGLAM. Videos of the final presentations of the 2018 hackathon projects were shown on a screen and the visitors could take home postcards with information about OpenGLAM.ch. Many people showed interest in what OpenGLAM stands for.

Photo: Historisches Museum Basel, Natascha Jansen.

The Long Night of Museums seems an ideal platform to engage an audience with interactive projects, especially those involving new technologies such as VR glasses. The VR exhibition was a big success telling from the people queuing to try it out. In this case, the event also provided a motive for the team to further develop their project, using new data and working with new partners. The “Walking around the Globe – VR Picture Expedition” is therefore a very nice example of the life of a hackathon project after the hackathon.

The Long Night of Museums in Basel took place on Friday 18 January 2019. 10’000 visitors came to the Barfüsserkirche between 18h and 4h.

Swiss GLAMhack Awards 2018 – The Winners

| 17. Nov 2018 | in Event | Keine Kommentare

What happens when heritage institutions such as museums, libraries and archives come together with software developers, researchers, Wikipedians and designers to investigate the potential of digital cultural heritage and more specifically of open cultural data? Some answers to this question have emerged during the yearly Swiss Open Cultural Data Hackathon, which took place at the Swiss National Museum from 26 to 28 October.

For the first time, the Swiss Open Cultural Data Hackathon was accompanied by a public event during which the projects were presented to an audience and subsequently evaluated. The visitors could try out what the teams had put together during the weekend and vote for their favourite project. A jury of six professionals working in heritage institutions or in the field of open data and computer science selected the best projects in three categories focusing on the greatest gain of knowledge provided, on the best approach used to highlight a dataset and on innovation. In total, twelve projects were presented during the awards. They are presently at the mockup or prototype stage and will hopefully be further pursued over the coming months.

“Perfectly made” and “Biggest round of applause”

The project enabling the greatest gain of knowledge is a mobile application conceived for art museums. “Ask the Artist” functions with voice assistance and gives visitors the opportunity to have a conversation with an artist. When standing in front of a painting for example, the visitor can ask the author questions such as “What is the subject of your painting?”, “When did you start painting?” or “Who taught you painting?”. The answers are drawn from the museum’s database – or in this specific case from the SIKART online Lexicon on Swiss art – and read out loud by the mobile phone. Contrarily to voice assistance devices which draw information from the internet, the data provided by “Ask the Artist” comes from secure sources and guarantees reliable information. The jury particularly appreciated this application because it enables the audience to gain information in a very natural and intuitive way. The project was also chosen by the audience as the “biggest round of applause”.

“Stunningly beautiful”

“Zurich Historical Photo Tours” is the project that best highlights open cultural datasets. This mobile application takes the visitor on a journey through Zurich’s history by proposing themed tours based on historical photographs from the collections of the Zentralbibliothek Zurich and the Swiss National Museum. After choosing a theme, the users are shown where to go on their mobile map. Once they reach the given perimeter, a historical photograph of the place appears on their phone. The users can take their own picture of the location and layer the old and new photos to compare them. They can get further information about the location by sending their photo using the application. “Zurich Historical Photo Tours” puts historical photographs back into their geographical context and creates a dialogue with the present. It permits the audience an interactive outdoor experience. The project group imagined a further function for the application, allowing the users to identify old photographs which have not yet been localised with geo data.

“Brand new”

The most innovative and independent project is “Walking Around the Globe – a VR Picture Expedition”. The team created a virtual exhibition space which could be visited with Virtual Reality glasses. One of the two exhibition rooms is themed around a globe from the Sternwarte collection of the ETH Zurich. Thanks to 360° photographs of the object, a 3D model could be visualised in the centre of the room. On the walls the visitor can look at works from the Graphische Sammlung of the ETH, all having a thematic link to the globe. An audio-guide integrated in the glasses provides information on the works. The ideas behind “Walking Around the Globe” are diverse. For museum professionals, it provides a tool to visualise spaces during the preparation of an exhibition. Virtual exhibitions also permit to show works which cannot usually be presented because of conservation issues or simply a lack of space in the museums. For the audience, this project gives the opportunity to step in the mind of a curator and put together one’s own exhibition.

At infoclio.ch’s hackathon reporting page you can find the video recordings of the project presentations.

A complete list of Hackathons projects as well as a list of available datasets can be found on the OpenGLAM Hackathon website.

GLAMhack 2018 – Sign up now!

| 10. Sep 2018 | in Event | Keine Kommentare

Landesmuseum ZürichPhoto: Roland zh, CC BY-SA 3.0 (Wikimedia Commons)

This year’s Swiss Open Cultural Data Hackathon takes place on 26-28 October 2018 at the Swiss National Museum in Zurich – in cooperation with the ETH Library, Zentralbibliothek Zürich, the Swiss Social Archives, the State Archives of the Canton of Zurich, the Basel Historical Museum, Wikimedia CH, and infoclio.ch and with the support of various sponsors.

For the first time, #GLAMhack is hosted by a museum, and we have seized the occasion to introduce a couple of changes to our hackathon concept:

  • This year’s focus is on creating softwares or artefacts that engage an audience – either online or in form of exhibits/installations. We thereby also encourage the use of non-standard hardware, such as virtual reality equipment and the like – if you have any suggestions in this area, please get in touch!
  • The two hackathon days are followed by a public project presentation event on Sunday afternoon, where visitors will have the possibility to test the products and to meet their creators. We will also award symbolic prizes to the best projects in several categories. – The GLAMhack Awards!

Register now! – For further information and registration, see: http://make.opendata.ch/wiki/event:2018-10

The Organizing Team

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