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6th Swiss Open Cultural Data Hackathon

The 2020 Edition of the Swiss Open Cultural Data Hackathon will take place on 4-6 June. For the moment, we hope to be able to carry out the hackathon as planned, we will keep you informed about any changes on this page. This edition is hosted by the Swiss Institute for Information Science at the FHGR Chur, in collaboration with the Institute for Multimedia Production. The focus of the GLAMhack will lie on Linked Open Data, Machine Learning, Human-Computer-Interaction and Crowdsourcing. The Thursday will be dedicated to workshops and guided tours, while the main hackathon will take place on the Friday and Saturday. Once again, we are happy to collaborate with Wikimedia CH, infoclio.ch and other members of the Friends of OpenGLAM Network.

REGISTRATION is now open! You can register HERE until 22 May 2020.

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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 the infosheets and if you have any questions, feel free to contact valerie.hashimoto@openglam.ch.

View of Chur. Photo by Marketing htwchur, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

Main focus and format

The interlinking of cultural heritage data, the use of structured data as well as crowdsourcing and machine learning are becoming more and more institutionalised in the international GLAM community. This is why the focus of the 2020 and 2021 editions will lie on linked open data, machine learning, human-computer-interaction and crowdsourcing.

The hackathon will start with the group formation on Friday morning and end with a round of presentations on Saturday afternoon. A warm-up session will take place on the Thursday afternoon with workshops and guided tours. The detailed programme will be published in February.

Practical Information

How to get there

The easiest way to get to Chur is by railway. Direct trains from Zurich Main Station leave regularly. The journey takes 75 minutes. From the train station in Chur, you can take a bus to the FHGR Campus. More details will be published soon.


We have reserved a number of beds at the local Youth Hostel. The hostel is located near the old town, only 10 minutes away from the train station on foot. Most of the beds are in dormitories, some in smaller rooms of three or four beds. The accomodation is included in the registration, but we can not guarantee a bed for every participant. First come, first served! You can also book your own accomodation if you prefer having more privacy.


You will be provided with food and beverages during the Hackathon.

How much does it cost to participate?

Participation in the GLAMhack is free thanks to our sponsors and partners.

Do I need a project idea or a team to participate?

No, it is possible to come with an idea or team, but not necessary. At the beginning of the hackathon different project ideas and challenges will be presented. You can work on the project idea that inspires you the most.

What if I have never been to a Hackathon?

Then it's about time!! Do not worry about not knowing anybody or not knowing how a Hackathon works. We will guide you through the whole process and make sure you have an awesome time!

What if I do not have any programming skills?

The Hackathon is not only aimed at developers or programmers, but also at curators, researchers, designers, digital humanists, artists, journalists, lateral thinkers…

Do I have to stay on site for 34 hours?

No, that’s not necessary. It is important that you contribute to the success of your chosen project and discuss with your team when and where you work. There is a good atmosphere at the Hackathon and its a great opportunity to meet new people. However, you do not have to work until 11pm and can go home to rest when you feel is best.

What is the official language?

English! In the groups, feel free to adapt to your preferences.

What do I need to bring along?

Most important: don’t forget your laptop. You may also want to bring your notebook and pens. However, we will provide you with a basic supply of material, such as paper, flipcharts, post-its, food and drinks.

What happens afterwards?

We aim to achieve a long-term and sustainable impact with the GLAMhack projects. We encourage the teams to further pursue their projects. The Hackathon results remain in the possession of the team.


(the detailed programme is subject to change)

Thursday, 4 June 2020
13:30 - 15:00 WORKSHOP: Introduction to Wikidata & Openrefine
15:30 - 17:15 WORKSHOP: tba
17:30 - 18:00 GUIDED TOUR: Digitization Lab
18:00 - 18:30 GUIDED TOUR: Digitization Lab
18:30 - 20:30 Dinner (open buffet)
21:00 End of day 1
Friday, 5 June 2020
09:00 - 10:00 Welcome Desk: Arrival of Participants
10:00 - 12:00 Pitching & Group Formation
Work in groups
12:00 - 14:00 Lunch (open buffet)
12:30 - 13:30 Input Presentations by guest speakers (details to be announced)
Work in groups
18:30 - 19:00 Mid-term Presentations of the Projects (optional)
19:00 - 21:00 Dinner (open buffet)
Work in groups
23:00 End of day 2
Saturday, 6 June 2020
09:00 Opening of working space
Work in groups
12:00 - 14:00 Lunch (open buffet)
12:30 - 13:30 Input Presentations by guest speakers (details to be announced)
Work in groups
17:00 - 18:30 Final Presentations of the Projects
18:30 - 19:30 Apéro

Entrance to the railway station in Chur. Photo by Cayambe, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons.


These event is organized by the OpenGLAM CH Working Group of the opendata.ch association, with contributions from:

Organization Committee
Beat Estermann
Valérie Hashimoto, project coordinator
Oleg Lavrovsky
Ivo Macek
Michel Pfeiffer
ZB Zürich
Lothar Schmitt (lead programme committee)
Dominik Sievi (lead dataset team)
Opendata.ch / Basel University Library
Lionel Walter
Enrico Natale

Sponsors / Supporting Organizations

The 2020 GLAMhack is made possible by financial and/or in kind contributions from the Swiss Institute for Information Science and the Institute for Multimedia Production of the FHGR Chur, Wikimedia CH, infoclio.ch, GKB FORZA and the members of the Friends of OpenGLAM Network.