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Digitalizing cultural treasures - premiere of Da Vinci coding in Hamburg

Cultural institutes seek to benefit from digital experts and their know-how during "culture hackathon"

Coding da Vinci Nord launches in Hamburg on September 17-18, 2016. This first regional event of Coding Da Vinci, begun in 2014 in Berlin, aims to bring cultural heritage institutions and hackers and designers together to develop ideas and prototypes for the cultural sector and the public. The six-week cultural hackathon gets underway in Mindspace – a co-working space in Hamburg. Organisers are expecting 125 developers, designers, artists and hardware experts to come together for workshops and discussions in teams. During the course, participants will develop apps, web pages and data visualization to shed a contemporary light on digitalized data bases in north German cultural institutions.

300 pieces in interactive map

Several of Hamburg’s cultural institutes including the Archaeological Museum Hamburg, Museum der Arbeit (Museum of Work), Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg have already confirmed their participation and to open their data bases for Coding da Vinci Nord and the State and University Library Hamburg Carl von Ossietzky. The event offers the participating cultural partners a chance to get to know new target groups and potential promoters of digital inventories. The project will be presented to the public during a closing ceremony on November 6. A jury will honour outstanding projects.

Many exciting ideas for projects emerged during the second Coding da Vinci 2015 in Berlin. One prize-winner was a web page with around 300 stones from the geological collection of the Stadtmuseum Berlin. Interactive elements in a network illustrated the origin of the stones, the period to which they belong and the path which they had taken. Another team programmed an app for the Botanical Museum and Berlin’s Botanical Gardens, which lets users type in features such as the shape of the leaves. The app uses these hints to identify and name the plants.

Organisers of Coding da Vinci Nord

Coding da Vinci Nord is being organised by the Archäologische Museum Hamburg, Code for Hamburg ,, the Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft, Projekte&Seminare – Sabine Heydenbluth, the Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg, We-Build.City and Wikipedia Hamburg.

Coding da Vinci and Coding da Vinci Nord are joint projects of the Deutschen Digitalen Bibliothek, der “Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland”:“ e.V., der” digiS – Servicestelle Digitalisierung Berlin”: as well as Wikimedia Deutschland – Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e. V.

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