Open Cultural Data Hackathon 2017
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3rd Swiss Open Cultural Data Hackathon

Our next Open Cultural Data Hackathon takes place on 15-16 September 2017 at the University of Lausanne, in cooperation with the Laboratoire de cultures et humanités digitales, BCU Lausanne, and further partners and sponsors.

Note that the workshop programme will start already on 14 September in the afternoon.

The hackathon is preceded by several pre-events in spring 2017:

In addition, a workshop dedicated to the Open Cultural Data Hackathon will be held at the Public Domain Event in Basel (24 April 2017).

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Share your data in view of the next Open Cultural Data Hackathon

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

Informations aux médias / Media Inquiries

Des Informations aux médias en français peuvent être téléchargées ici.

For media inquiries, please contact:

  • Isabelle Lucas, (French)
  • Martin Grandjean, martin.grandjean(at) (French)
  • Beat Estermann, beat.estermann(at) (German/French/English)

Documentation of earlier events is available here.

University of Lausanne, “Genopode” building. Photo by Rama, CC BY-SA 3.0 France, via Wikimedia Commons

Hackathon Programme / Registration

The hackathon programme consists of:

  • Three longer workshops/meetups on Thursday, 14 September, afternoon, i.e. before the official start of the hackathon
  • 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
  • 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

The descriptions of the Thursday workshops and meet-ups are provided below. The detailed description of the other workshops will follow in the course of the summer.

Registration: In order to take part in the programme as a regular participant, we ask you to register by the end of August 2017. We are also able to provide a limited number of stays at the nearby Lausanne 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 hackathon will take place at the Genopode building on the University of Lausanne campus (further directions will follow).

Thursday, 14 September 2017
14:00 - 18:00 Workshops / GLAM + Wikidata Meet-up
19:00 - 21:00 Dinner
Friday, 15 September 2017
9:00 Welcome Desk opens
10:00 - 11:30 Opening Message, Official Start of the Hackathon
Work in groups              Workshops
12:30 - 14:30 Lunch
Work in groups Workshops
19:00 - 21:00 Dinner
Work in groups
24:00 End of day 1
Saturday, 16 September 2017
9:00 Work in groups Workshops
12:30 - 14:30 Lunch
Work in groups Workshops
16:30 - 17:30 Preparation of project presentations
17:30 - 19:30 Project presentations / closing address
19:30 - 21:30 Stand-up dinner

Swiss Open Cultural Data Hackathon 2016 at the Basel University Library. Photo by M. Schwendener, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons


On Thursday afternoon, two longer workshops / meet-ups will take place:

Thursday, 14 September

14:00 - 18:00 OpenRefine Hands-on Workshop
Frédéric Noyer

  • Introduction to OpenRefine
  • Hands-on exercises with data
  • .csv export of sample data to a web dataviz platform (for ex. cartoDB)
14:00 - 18:00 Wikidata + GLAM Gathering
Sandra Fauconnier, Beat Estermann (Bern University of Applied Sciences)

Target audience: Experienced members of the Wikidata + GLAM Community as well as people who are new to either Wikidata or GLAM. Participants unfamiliar with Wikidata are encouraged to watch Asaf’s Gentle Introduction to Wikidata ahead of the gathering.

Tentative programme:
  1. Round of introduction
  2. Short input presentations by experienced members of the Wikidata + GLAM Community presenting some of their past and current projects
  3. Structured discussion on “Wikidata + GLAM: Where do we stand? What’s next?”, possibly with inputs from the Wikimania session on the same topic.
  4. Participants who are new to Wikidata + GLAM present their project ideas
  5. Common brainstorming around the project ideas, coaching by experienced community members (to be continued on demand during the two days of the hackathon)

During the hackathon, participants have the possibility to attend several workshops aimed at the transmission of skills and know-how related to the (re-)use of heritage data. The detailed program with the workshop descriptions for Friday and Saturday will be provided a few weeks before the hackathon.

Media Coverage

Media and blog reactions to the event:


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

Organization Committee
Oleg Lavrovsky
Frédéric Noyer, co-lead programme committee
Oliver Waddell, lead datasets team
Radu Suciu, co-organiser Geneva hackdays / Basel University Library
Lionel Walter, co-lead programme committee, co-organiser Geneva hackdays / Bern University of Applied Sciences, E-Government Institute
Beat Estermann, project coordinator
Isabelle Lucas, lead logistics & communications
Enrico Natale
Jan Baumann
Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire de Lausanne
Jeanette Frey (Director BCUL)
Ramona Fritschi
Université de Lausanne, Laboratoire de cultures et humanités digitales (LADHUL)
Dominique Vinck (Director LADHUL)
Martin Grandjean, pre-event Digital Humanities, Lausanne
Marianna Schismenou

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 the Cantonal and University Library Lausanne, Lausanne University, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, and Further sponsoring requests are pending.