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Hack4Europe! Dublin 2012

Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Monday, 24 September 2012 at 09:00 - Tuesday, 25 September 2012 at 19:00 (BST)

Hack4Europe! Dublin 2012

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Hack4Europe! is a series of hack days organised by the Europeana Foundation and its partners throughout Europe and provides an exciting environment to explore the potential of open cultural data from the Europeana portal to create products for social and economic growth in Europe.

Hack4Europe! 2012 Dublin will take place on 24 and 25 September 2012.

The Dublin hackathon will bring together up to 30 developers from Ireland and other European countries in a two-day event. They will have access to the diverse Europeana collections - containing over 20 million records - through the Europeana Search API (including a test key and technical documentation).

Hack4Europe! 2012 Dublin will be organised by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the Irish Manuscripts Commission and the Digital Humanities Observatory in co-operation with Fáilte Ireland.

Participants will be encouraged to try out their ideas for creative reuse of the Europeana content and build prototypes showcasing the social and business value of open cultural data. Best prototypes will be awarded prizes at the end of the second hack day.

The suggested development themes are:

Cultural Tourism: Applications built to use content from Europeana in conjunction with existing Fáilte Ireland tourism campaigns, such as Dubline and the Great Western Drive.  These applications will focus on providing cultural content for tourists coming to Ireland.

Going mobile: Applications that bring Europeana to mobile devices - smartphones or tablets - and that take advantage of geo-data and geo-awareness.

Mashing-up: Mash-up with other APIs and combine and enrich Europeana content with other free content e.g. from Wikipedia.

Social curation: Applications that allow users to curate Europeana content and share it with the world and each other on social platforms.

User annotations: Applications that let users enrich Europeana objects with comments, tags, links to external sources, or links to other Europeana objects.

Commemorations: Applications built to showcase the human and Irish interest side of World War I or any of the other upcoming commemorations.


Cash prizes of €500 will be awarded for the best prototypes in the four categories:

  Best cultural tourism application

 Application with greatest social impact

 Most innovative application

 Best commercial viability


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1. Developers must register before September 5th to indicate their interest.  The organisers will decide on the final delegate list.  A confirmation e-mail will be sent to successful applicants on Friday September 7th.  Please register as soon as you can!  You may also enter as teams, please indicate if you wish to do this when registering and include the names of each team member.

2. The Dublin hackathon takes place at the Science Gallery, Trinity College, Pearse Street, Dublin 2 on Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 September 2012.

3. The ownership of the prototypes and ideas developed during the contest belong to the teams which developed the prototypes and ideas.  Also those teams are responsible for all legal issues related to developed prototypes, e.g. compatibility with the licence of used open-source software components.

4. The Hackathon is organised as an international event.  The language used in all offical parts of the event will be English.  This is also the language in which the Europeana API technical documentation is available.

5. Further information and a detailed programme for the event will be published on Facebook (Hack4Europe! Dublin) and via Twitter on @Hack4Dublin.

6. Expenses will be paid to the delegates selected to attend the hackathon at the following rates: people from Dublin - €20; people from outside Dublin but within the island of Ireland - €70; people from outside of Ireland €150.


There  is a Google group discussion on Europeana hackathons here:






















Do you have questions about Hack4Europe! Dublin 2012? Contact Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

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The Science Gallery


Monday, 24 September 2012 at 09:00 - Tuesday, 25 September 2012 at 19:00 (BST)

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Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (D/AHG) is the principal Europeana Foundation partner in Ireland. The Department oversees the conservation, preservation, protection and presentation of Ireland's heritage and cultural assets and also seeks to promote the Irish language and to support the Gaeltacht.

The Irish Manuscripts Commission (IMC) is is a public body founded in 1928. Its remit is based on the principles of dissemination, preservation and promotion of original source materials (in public and private ownership) for the history and cultural heritage of Ireland. At the invitation of D/AHG IMC acts as a national aggregator for digital content for Europeana from Irish cultural institutions.

The Digital Humanities Observatory (DHO) was established under auspices of the Royal Irish Academy to manage and co-ordinate the increasingly complex e-resources created in arts and humanities research. DHO created and maintains the Discovery repository - a gateway to Irish digital collections and resources, information and knowledge.

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