Open Cultural Data Hackathon 2018
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4th Swiss Open Cultural Data Hackathon

Our fourth Open Cultural Data Hackathon will take 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 hopefully further partners and sponsors.

A Pre-Event to our Hackathon will be held at the ETH Zurich on 11 September 2018. This event is aimed specifically at students and gives information about the type of data provided at the GLAMhack as well as examples of projects conducted during past editions.

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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


If you wish to participate in the hackathon, you must register. This regards data-providers, programmers, designers, artists, experts and so on. If you just want to come by and check out how the hackathon works or attend the project presentations and Swiss GLAMhack Awards on Sunday, you do not need to register.

Register here (deadline: 30 September 2018)

Photo: © Schweizerisches Nationalmuseum

What is new compared to earlier editions?

For the first time, #GLAMhack is hosted by a museum, and we would like to seize the occasion to encourage more museums to participate as data providers. Furthermore, we are introducing 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. While introducing this competitive element into the hackathon, we would like to preserve the collaborative spirit within the community. We see the awards mainly as an instrument to provide feedback to the teams and to facilitate communication with a larger audience.

Swiss GLAMhack Awards

The Swiss GLAMhack Awards will take place on Sunday, 28 October from 14h to 16h30. They include a short presentation of the projects developed during the Hackathon as well as the awarding of the jury prizes in several categories and an audience prize. Prizes of symbolic value are awarded taking into account the cooperative and experimental approach of the Hackathon.

The project teams formed at the Hackathon decide for themselves whether they want to participate in the competition (project presentation session and award ceremony) or not. Whilst we prefer the presentations be held in English, German and French are also acceptable.


The jury awards prizes in the following categories (one winning project per category):

  • Perfectly made (for the project that enables the greatest gain in knowledge)
  • Stunningly beautiful (for the project that best highlights one or more open cultural dataset(s))
  • Brand new (for the most innovative or original project)

If there are project teams that have already started their work to a substantial extent in the run-up to the actual Hackathon, an additional prize will be awarded in the category:

  • Long-distance runner

The projects that may participate in this category are based on the self-declaration of the teams participating in the hackathon.

The audience awards the prize in the category:

  • Biggest round of applause

Members of the jury

The jury is composed of experts and representatives from libraries, archives and museums as well as representatives of sponsoring organizations. They work on a voluntary basis and do not actively participate in hackathon projects. The names of the jury members will be revealed in September 2018.

Hackathon Programme

  • Main hackathon from Friday morning to Sunday at noon
  • Project presentation session on Sunday afternoon, open to the public, followed by an apéro riche for hackathon participants and guests
  • NEW: Swiss GLAMhack Awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon

(the detailed programme is subject to change)

Friday, 26 October 2018
09:00 - 10:00 Welcome desk: arrival of hackathon participants
10:00 - 10:30 Opening message, Official start of the Hackathon
10:30 - 11:30 Pitching session: short presentation of datasets, project ideas, special hardwares
11:30 - 12:30 Creation of groups
Work in groups
12:15 - 14:15 Lunch (open buffet)
Work in groups
19:00 - 21:00 Dinner (open buffet)
Work in groups
24:00 End of day 1
Saturday, 27 October 2018
9:00 Welcome desk and work space open
Work in groups
11:30 - 12:30 Presentation session of interim status of the projects (optional)
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch (open buffet)
Work in groups
19:00 - 21:00 Dinner (open buffet)
Work in groups
24:00 End of day 2
Sunday, 28 October 2018
9:00 - 12:00 Work in groups and preparation of final project presentation
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch (open buffet)
14:00 - 16:30 Swiss GLAMhack Awards
14:00 - 15:00 Presentation session of the final projects
15:00 - 15:45 Apéro and project demonstrations
15:45 Award Ceremony

Hackathon 2017 at University of Lausanne. Photo by Laurent Dubois.


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

Organization Committee
Beat Estermann, coordinator of the OpenGLAM Working Group
Valérie Hashimoto, project coordinator
Oleg Lavrovsky
Frédéric Noyer / Basel University Library
Lionel Walter (lead dataset team)
Jan Baumann
Enrico Natale
Swiss National Museum
Thomas Bochet (lead logistics)
Anna Durisch
Dario Donati
Dominik Sievi
ETH Library
Michael Gasser (co-lead programme committee)
Zentralbibliothek Zürich
Lothar Schmitt (co-lead programme committee)
Swiss Social Archives
Vassil Vassilev
Fabian Würz
State Archives of the Canton of Zurich
Tobias Hodel
Basel Historical Museum
Stefan Bürer

Sponsors / Supporting Organizations

The Cultural Hackathon is made possible by financial and/or in kind contributions from the Swiss National Museum in Zurich, the ETH Library, Wikimedia CH, Zentralbibliothek Zürich,, the Swiss Social Archives, and the members of the Friends of OpenGLAM Network. Further partners and sponsors are more than welcome!

Die Veranstaltung ist Teil der nationalen Kampagne zum Kulturerbejahr 2018. kulturerbe2018