Open Cultural Data Hackathon 2016
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2nd Swiss Open Cultural Data Hackathon

Registration for the 2nd Swiss Open Cultural Data Hackathon on 1/2 July 2016 is now open.

In order to sign up as a regular participant, please go to our registration page. Scroll down on this page for further information about the event.

For media enquiries, please contact:

  • Marion Regenscheit, marion.regenscheit(at) (German/English)
  • Frédéric Noyer, frederic(at) (French)

For the documentation of the 2015 event, see: First Swiss Open Cultural Data Hackathon.

How to get involved

In order to be successful, the event needs you to share your programming skills, your data or most importantly, your ideas!

Come and experience the Hackathon!

First of all, join us on the 1 and 2 July 2016 at the Basel University Library for two days of fun, innovation and digital brainstorming. It is great if you are a programmer and you are ready to help with your skills, but we are also looking for non-hacking people such as heritage specialists, artists or researchers in the digital humanities.

You can already bring in ideas about ways to use cultural data

Have a look at the Swiss cultural data and data from heritage institutions abroad published under open licenses:

You can help by sharing cultural data

You may own yourself cultural data that you are ready to share. Please look at these infosheets (German / French) on how to share data. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact

Share your discoveries of unspotted cultural data

Maybe you are aware of interesting cultural data. In preparation for the hackathon we are putting together a list of such datasets links to interesting data. We encourage you to contribute to it by adding new items.

Share your project ideas

You can already bring in ideas about ways to use cultural data. Feel free to take part in an ongoing brainstorming on this page.

Join us on Facebook or Twitter

Hackathon Programme / Registration

The programme consists of:

  • a main hackathon track with a plenary session at the beginning and at the end of the event and self-organized group work in between
  • a side programme with workshops on various topics, aimed at the transmission of skills and know-how related to the (re-)use of heritage data (the side programme is still in the making, please let us know if you have any suggestions for topics/presenters)
  • a GLAM-Wiki atelier, targeted at existing and new Wikipedians interested in working together on GLAM-related topics (a more detailed description will follow)
  • possibilities for participants to re-fuel and refresh themselves in a flexible manner
  • a project presentation session on Saturday night, open to the public, followed by an apéro riche for hackathon participants and invited guests.
Friday, 1 July 2016                                                                                               
9:00 Welcome Desk opens
10:00 - 11:30 Opening Message, Official Start of the Hackathon
Work in groups Workshops Wikipedia Atelier: Einführung in Wikipedia
12:30 - 14:30 Lunch
Work in groups Workshops Wikipedia Atelier: Schreibwerkstatt
19:00 - 21:00 Dinner
Work in groups
24:00 End of day 1
Saturday, 2 July 2016
9:00 Work in groups Workshops Wikipedia Atelier: Einführung in Wikipedia
12:30 - 14:30 Lunch
Work in groups Workshops Wikipedia Atelier: Schreibwerkstatt
16:30 - 17:30 Preparation of project presentations
17:30 - 19:30 Project presentations / closing address
19:30 - 21:30 Stand-up dinner
Sunday, 3 July 2016
13:00 Wikipedia Atelier: Führung im Museum für Pferdestärken
15:00 Wikipedia Atelier: Führung im Museum für Musik

Registration: In order to take part in the programme as a regular participant, we ask you to register by 15 June 2016. We are also able to provide a limited number of stays at the Basel Youth Hostel, free of charge, if you would like to stay over night in between the hackathon days.

Participation without registration: If you are just planning to attend the project presentation session on Saturday night or if you are curious and would like to peep in for a while to get a feel of the hackathon, you don't need to register: just come to our welcome desk and ask for directions!

Directions on getting there: the closest stops (1, 3) and your destination (2) are shown here for participants arriving with public transport:


  1. Spalentor stop: bus number 30 from both the main station of the SBB or from the Badischen Bahnhof station / tram number 3 from the city centre.
  2. Entrance to the Main Library (Hauptbibliothek).
  3. Bernouillanum stop: bus number 30 from main station or Badischen Bahnhof.

Source: Basel University Library. A detailed map is available here.

Directions to the Youth Hostel: available at


The event is organized by the OpenGLAM CH Working Group, with contributions from:

Organization Committee
Oleg Lavrovsky
Frédéric Noyer
Oliver Waddell, dataset head / Bern University of Applied Sciences, E-Government Institute
Beat Estermann, project coordinator
Enrico Natale
Jan Baumann
University of Basel, University Library
Manuela Schwendener, head logistics
Marion Regenscheit, head communications
Lionel Walter, co-lead programme committee
Martin Reisacher, co-lead programme committee
Felix Winter, Vice Director Basel University Library
Historical Museum Basel
Stefan Bürer, lead GLAM-Wiki Atelier

If you have questions to the organization committee, please contact us here:

Sponsors / Supporting Organizations

The Cultural Hackathon is made possible by financial and/or in kind contributions from Basel University Library, Migros Kulturprozent, the Christoph Merian Foundation, Ernst Göhner Foundation,, and the State Archive of the Canton of Basel-Stadt (further funding requests are pending).

Two hackathon pre-events were kindly hosted by the Bern University Archives and the Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire de Lausanne.