Culture Hack Day #chd11 was an immense, challenging and innovative project to work on. It brought together key cultural organisations (including Crafts Council, UK Film Council, Culture Grid, National Maritime Museum, BBC Archive + more) and some wonderful developers who all gave their time for free. The challenge was to come up with new innovative ideas using open data from the culture sector. Its production was driven by Royal Opera House, with support from Wieden + Kennedy London, Google, Arts Council England & Creative Industries Knowledge Transfer Network.
Alongside the developers furiously hacking away over the weekend, we ran a series of talks, sparked off from the title “What if?” around open data. They can be viewed here - with some inspiring provocations from people such as Leila Johnston, who edits the Hackers! newspaper, Chris Thorpe from ArtFinder, Tom Armitage who works at BERG and Clare Reddington from iShed.
You can see a full list of the hacks that were developed here - a few highlights were When Should I Visit? by Dan W highlighting when the *least* busiest times for museums are; a Museum of Minecraft bringing digital archives into the online gaming world; mobile iterations of data searching making them more accesible to the general public including Stef’s Culture Grid apps; more whimsical haiku generators including Haiku Guardian & BBC Haiku Player; plus Pepys’ Shows by Matthew Somerville and Clare Lovell bringing Samuel Pepys’ pithy reviews of theatre to the masses.