GLAMhack 2020 – an online success

| 8. Jun 2020 | in Allgemein | Keine Kommentare

The 6th edition of the Swiss Open Cultural Data Hackathon, carried out as an online event, took place on 5 and 6 June 2020 and gathered people from all over the world! The teams worked on 15 exciting projects, which are shortly summarized here.

1914 in a Timeline puts newspaper articles from 1914 in relation with media contents of today. The historical articles are drawn from two newspapers from the Romandie (French-speaking part of Switzerland) and can be read either in French or German. Culture in Time is an event calendar using existing linked open data (LOD) on productions, venues and dates to feed both contemporary and historical data into a cultural calendar.

Europa meets Europe is an artistic project that connects the Jupiter moon Europa with the European continent through the help of APIs: random images from the NASA archive are overlaid pixel by pixel with current webcam images… in rhythm with the Jupiter Symphony by Mozart.

Art exhibitions, 1945-2020 visualizes art exhibitions with Switzerland related artists on a map. It allows you to filter by person, by group or solo show or by year. Another type of map is provided by the Swiss Name Chart, displaying the most common family names in a selection of Swiss cities.

Another team working with maps focussed on Georeferencing and linking digitized archival Documents. During the GLAMhack, they analyzed ways of georeferencing a historical map showing the network of Swiss postal connections back in 1851.

SwissAR is a compass, a cultural signpost, a fun tool to help you orientate yourself when you’re outdoors! This web app uses augmented reality to display relevant information about your surroundings.

Interactive Storytelling Across Generations is an educational project which uses old childrens‘ drawings for different kinds of digital learning scenarios. It creates a bridge between generations and encourages children to interact and activate their creativity.

MountainHunt and Match with the Mountains are both inspired by images of mountain landscapes in Graubünden provided by the Fundaziun Capauliana for the GLAMhack. While „Mountain Hunt“ invites users to search for the mountain depicted on a painting and replicate the same image, „Match with the Mountains“ is map displaying the districts of Graubünden and giving an overview of the local mountains.

One team worked on the creation of a Swiss GLAM inventory, comparing existing lists of heritage institutions and defining a model of collaboration between the Swiss National Library and the umbrella associations for each archives, libraries and museums.

Another team analyzed art provenance texts in order to Detect Looted Art. Using red flag names as well as key expressions, the team developed a system to automatically classify and rank art provenance texts according to their „suspiciousness“.

Sir Dridbot Glamhacker is a chatbot which was implemented on Slack, the real time collaboration platform used by the participants during the GLAMhack. You can ask Sir Dridbot Glamhacker for film recommendations or for open data sources.

One team worked on a prototype for the web application Extra Moenia which connects heritage institutions to the outdoors. The user can indicate preferences such as the topic, the distance or the duration of a tour to receive suggestions for outdoor itineraries.

Finally, a team of students in Multimedia Productions at the FHGR Chur gathered video material to produce a #GLAMhack Aftermovie. The film will combine interviews with the participants as well as recordings from the live sessions to document our existing online adventure! Stay tuned for the finished movie!

GLAMhack2020 Live Stream

| 5. Jun 2020 | in Allgemein | Keine Kommentare

Follow the GLAMhack 2020 through the YouTube Channel of the FHGR!

GLAMhack 2020 Side Events

| 27. Mai 2020 | in Allgemein | Keine Kommentare

In the context of this year’s Swiss Open Cultural Data Hackathon, we have put together a rich side programme related to this edition’s main focus : linked open data, machine learning, human-computer-interaction and crowdsourcing. The side events are open to everybody, even if you can not attend the hackathon. GLAMhack attendees will receive the links to the online events via e-mail. If you are not attending the hackathon and want to join the side programme, please contact

Here is a summary of the side programme. You will find further details on the GLAMhack Event page.

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: 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 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)



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