• Date / time : Friday 12 May 2017, from 14h to 18h, and Saturday 13 May 2017 the whole day.
  • Location for Friday : United Nations Library at Geneva, Palais des Nations, Avenue de la Paix 14, 1202 Genève
  • Location for Saturday : Campus Biotech Innovation Park, Avenue de Sécheron 15, 1202 Genève
  • Language : Most of the event will be in English, but some parts will be in French.
  • Registration : participation is free. However, participants need to register. Don't forget to bring an identity card or passport with you for the security check at the Palais des Nations.
  • Deadline for registration: 2 May 2017
  • Laptop : if possible, please bring a laptop with you

Flyer décrivant l'événement.

This event is intended for anyone with an interest in Open Cultural Data : data providers, librarians, archivists, software developers, designers, artists, Wikipedians, library users and other interested people in order to experiment with how cultural data and content can be used for research purposes, for web and mobile apps, in the context of Wikipedia, for artistic re-mixes, or for other forms of re-use. This event is connected and meant as a preparation to the 3rd Open Cultural Data Hackathon which will be held on September 15th and 16th in Lausanne. Geneva Open Libraries consists of two parts:

  • During the first part (Friday 14h-16h), participants will get to know the different target groups of the hackathon (software developers, digital artists, digital humanists, Wikipedians/Wikimedians, data providers) as well as their perspectives, expectations, and previous hackathon experiences. The concept of the hackathon and the requirements regarding the datasets and licences will be briefly explained to first-timers, and there will be time for questions and answers. Three speakers from institutions in the Geneva area who have published Open Data or are in the process of publishing Open Data will share their insights about that process. The first part will end with an inspiring talk by the renowned Rufus Pollock, founder of Open Knowledge.
  • During the second part (Friday 16h-18h and Saturday), we will hold a mini-hackathon, allowing participants to come up with concrete project ideas and work together on them. Thereby, data providers can get a better idea of possible uses for the data and perhaps start a conversation with data re-users. These ideas can then be investigated further during the 3rd Open Cultural Data Hackathon in September in Lausanne.

Participants are welcome to attend either the whole event or only the Friday or Saturday portions.

Friday, May 12th 2017, United Nations Library at Geneva

14:00 Open Glam Concept presentation and showcase of the first two Swiss Open Cultural Data Hackathons Beat Estermann, coordinator of
14:25 Projects and Challenges of three Geneva Cultural Institutions with Open Data :
Archives d'Etat de Genève Anouk Dunant Gonzenbach, archiviste
United Nations Library at Geneva Blandine Blukacz-Louisfert, Chief, Institutional Memory Section & Ruth Hahn-Weinert, Chief of the Library Services Section
The Bodmer Lab Radu Suciu, collaborateur scientifique, Bodmer Lab, Université de Genève
14:45 Invited Talk : An Open Information Age Rufus Pollock, Founder and President, Open Knowledge
15:15 Short presentation of participants and their expectations
15:30 Coffee Break
15:45 Ideas pitching, Split into small groups, hack and enjoy
18:00 Wrap-up

Saturday, May 13th 2017, Campus Biotech Innovation Park

All day-long hacking, working in small groups on various topics around open cultural data. This will happen in the brand new Make Space of the Campus Biotech Innovation park.

9:00 Begin of hacking
~12:00 Lunch provided free of charge to all participants
13:00 Hacking continues
18:00 Deadline to send the Posters to the A1 printer
18:00 or later Wrap-up (Pizzas are provided)
18:30 Projects selected for the Sunday presentation will be announced

Sunday, May 14th 2017, Campus Biotech

On Sunday, interested participants can join all other participants of the Open Geneva Hackathons, whose goal is to make the city and the world more sustainable, by helping open innovation generated by citizen, associations, and the institutions. The Open Geneva Hackathons organizers will select 10 projects developed during all the hackathons that will be featured in the final presentations.

A separate registration is needed to attend the Sunday event.

13:00 - 15:30 Mandatory coaching session for the presenters of selected projects
15:00 - 16:00 Posters from all the Open Geneva Hackathons Projects
16:00 - 17:30 Presentations of selected projects
17:30 - 19:00 Cocktail & networking

Bibliothèque des Nations Unies à Genève
Bodmer Lab

Seront mises à disposition des données (fichiers jpeg hi-res) et méta-données d’un ensemble de livres de voyages de la Renaissance richement illustrés, ainsi qu’une centaine de versions différentes (éditions, traductions) du Faust de Goethe. Des manuscrits autographes de langue française seront aussi rendus accessibles pendant la durée du hackathon. Idées

Archives d’Etat

Les données historiques numérisées des Archives d’Etat de Genève sont disponibles via Un disque dur avec toutes les images et les métadonnées sera disponible lors de l'événement.

Bibliothèques Genevoises qui sont dans RERO

Pour toutes ces bibliothèques, la description de tous leurs documents (métadonnées) est disponible via Swissbib. Pour une interface web, utiliser Pour un accès informatique (API), passer par Cela correspond à plus de 1,5 million de documents de plus de 60 bibliothèques.

Bibliothèque du Conservatoire de Musique de Genève

Les métadonnées décrivant les plus de 70'000 partitions et documents de la bibliothèque du Conservatoire de Musique de Genève seront disponibles pendant l'événement.

On Saturday, posters are printed free of charge by Hewlett Packard in Meyrin from 6pm until 8pm. All posters must be prepared in A1 format (594x 841mm) in Acrobat .pdf format. Posters can be either in French or English.

Posters must be sent to, not later than Saturday 13th 6pm (firm deadline). Please avoid large files and saturated colors over large surfaces.

Unless notified to do otherwise, all posters will be archived in an online public repository on the Open Geneva Hackathon website.

Add your own project idea and let the organizers know about it.

  • BodmerLab: Radu Suciu, radu.suciu(A)
  • Lionel Walter,
  • UN Library: Blandine Blukacz-Louisfert, bblukacz-louisfert(A)

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