Monthly Archives: May 2011

Hack4Europe! – Europeana hackathon roadshow, June 2011

Europeana is a multilingual digital collection containing more than 15 millions resources that lets you explore Europe’s history from ancient times to the modern day. Europeana API services are web services allowing search and display of Europeana collections in your website and applications. The folks at Europeana have been actively promoting the experimentation with their APIs by organizing ‘hackathons’ – workshops for cultural informatics hackers where new ideas and discussed and implemented.

Some examples of the outputs of the previous hackathon can be found here. Hack4Europe is the most recent of these dissemination activities:

Hack4Europe! is a series of hack days organised by the Europeana Foundation and its partners Collections Trust, Museu Picasso, Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center and Swedish National Heritage Board. The hackathon roadshow will be held simultaneously in 4 locations (London, Barcelona, Poznan and Stockholm) in the week 6 – 12 June and will provide an exciting environment to explore the potential of open cultural data for social and economic growth in Europe.

Each hackathon will bring together up to 30 developers from the hosting country and the surrounding area. They will have access to the diverse and rich Europeana collections containing over 18 million records, Europeana Search API (incl. a test key and technical documentation) and Europeana Linked Open Data Pilot datasets which currently comprise about 3 million Europeana records available under a CC0 license.

There are four hackathons coming up, so if you’re interested make sure you sign up quickly:

Hack4Europe! UK

9 June 2011, London, hosted by Collections Trust

Hack4Europe! Spain

8 – 9 June 2011, Barcelona, hosted by Museu Picasso

Hack4Europe! Poland

7 – 8 June 2011, Poznan, hosted by Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center and Kórnik Library of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Hack4Europe! Sweden

10 – 11 June 2011, Stockholm, hosted by Swedish National Heritage Board

What is Digital Humanities?

This is a difficult question, and I’m sure everyone has their own little definition, but I think it’s something we need to be explicit about somewhere.

The DDH page purporting to answer this question gives a useful account for those wanting to know about the Department and its history in the discipline, but if they’re looking for a beginner’s definition of DH itself, it studiously doesn’t answer the question. The Wikipedia article on the subject does offer a concise definition, which is probably useful for a beginner, but I’m sure we could all pick holes in it or object to some of the language used.

Can we do better? (In a couple of sentences!)

To get the ball rolling, here’s my attempt:

Digital Humanities may involve the application of methodologies and research agendas from computer science and other informatics-heavy sciences to the subject area of traditional humanities disciplines, such as literature, history and languages.