Association of Moving Image Archivists & Digital Library Federation Hack Day

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Hack Day is a unique opportunity for practitioners and managers of digital audiovisual collections to join with developers and engineers for an intense day of collaboration to develop solutions for digital audiovisual preservation and access. Hack day is a partnership between the Association for Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) and the Digital Library Federation (DLF). A robust and diverse community of practitioners who advance research, teaching and learning through the application of digital library research, technology and services, DLF brings years of experience creating and hosting events designed to foster collaboration and develop shared solutions for common challenges. It will be fun and practical…and there will be prizes!


  • Transparent, fun, open collaboration in diversely constituted teams over individual brilliance and/or groups of like individuals in cut-throat competition.
  • The creation of new professional networks over the ossification of old ones
  • Effective engagement of non-developers (researchers, repository managers) in development over purely developer driven projects.
  • Work done at the conference over presentation of something prepared earlier (meaning not working on a project you are working on during your day job)

Upcoming Hack Day

SIGN UP to participate for the AMIA/DLF Hack Day 2019

Where? Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Homeland Conference Room (with option of continued work projects throughout the conference in our Hack Day Lounge, location Maryland F)


  • Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 9am till 5pm
  • Friday, November 15 at 6:30pm: present projects to judges in Parlor A
  • Saturday, December 1, <to be announced> time present your projects and be awarded prizes! <room to be announced>

What will be the format of the event?

In advance of the hack day, project ideas and edit-a-thon topics will be collected through the registration form and the event wiki. In advance of the event, participants will review and discuss submitted project ideas. We’ll then break into groups consisting of technologists and practitioners, and Wikipedia editors, selecting an idea or topic(s) to work on together for the day and (if desired) throughout the duration of the AMIA conference in the developers lounge.

The day itself will be structured something like this. Coffee/tea will be provided. Lunch is on your own.

  • 9am – Welcome, introductions
  • 9:30 - noon - Hacking & doc editing. Coffee and snacks.
  • Noon-1pm – Lunch on your own.
  • 1 - 4:30 - Hacking & doc editing. Coffee and snacks.
  • 4:30 - 5 - Wrap up.

Judging & presenting projects

At least one representative from each project group needs to be present for the demonstration of Hack Day projects to jurors. Judging typically lasts for approximately 1.5 -2 hours. Snacks and drinks are encouraged.

Projects will be presented to attendees in a session, where the jury will announce winners and attendees will vote on their favorite project.

Hack Day 101


Repository of past projects

Software and Tools

Glossaries and Dictionaries

Wikidata efforts to document file formats (2016)

Documentation Projects

Past Hack Days

Hack Day 2019

took place in Baltimore, Maryland on November 13, 2019 at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel during AMIA 2019. Hack Day 2019 was organized by Lauren Sorensen, Erwin Verbruggen, and Morgan Morel.

Hack Day 2018

Hack Day 2018

Hack Day 2016

Hack Day 2016

Hack Day 2015

Hack Day 2015

Hack Day 2014

Hack Day 2014

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