PhillyDH members and others interested in the Digital Humanities in the Greater Delaware Valley should find this upcoming program of interest:

GLAM Hac Philly is a free, weekend-long hackathon focused on building apps with open data from Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums. It will take place the weekend of February 1-2, 2014 at the University of Pennsylvania’s Kislak Center for Special Collections.

The event will bring together programmers, curators, librarians, designers, archivists, and anyone else with a passion for GLAM data, to build fun and interesting apps with the tremendous amount of GLAM data that is openly and freely available.

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On the morning of Saturday, February 1st, participants can pitch ideas for projects related to a specific data set or for broader GLAM-related applications. This could be anything from creating Omeka plug-ins to building a virtual city tour app using local digital collections. Small groups will form and participants will begin working on their projects through Sunday, with a goal to present a working prototype by Sunday afternoon.

Challenges and Data

We are seeking proposals of Data Challenges for teams to work on during the hackathon. Challenges can be as simple as a dataset and a vague idea of what could be done with that data, or could be an already identified problem with your data that you are seeking help to solve.

The only requirements for proposing a challenge are:

Someone from your organization commits to participating in the event. They will help steward teams who take up that challenge by giving context to your data.

If you r challange includes a dataset, that data should be made available for use and reuse. Providing your data openly means that anyone can build applications with your data before, during, and after the hackathon.

Submit a Challenge Now


If you’re not sure how your organization’s data could be used or want some help brainstorming a challenge, just get in touch with glamhac…, we’re happy to help.




You can also submit your dataset without proposing a challenge. We’ll highlight your dataset on our website for attendees consideration.

But I’m not a programmer — can I participate?

The input of content specialists like museum curators, librarians, archivists, catalogers,GLA researchers and others who know the data produced by GLAM organizations, is crucial to creating successful projects. We don’t just want your participation, we need it!