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


Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Homeland Conference Room Hack Day Lounge, location Maryland F (for continued work on the projects throughout the conference)


  • 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 the Hack Day look like?

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.

Propose a project

Hack Day 101


In association with the annual conference, the Association of Moving Image Archivists will host a Hack Day during the conference. The event will be 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. It will be fun and practical.

AMIA is once again thrilled to partner with the Digital Library Federation in organizing the hack day.

What if I’m not a developer?

Content managers and preservation practitioners are as central to the success of the event as having keen developers. YOU will be responsible for setting the agenda and the outcomes. The goal is to foster collaboration between audiovisual preservation specialists and technologists, to solve problems together and share expertise.

You have the option to focus on documentation and knowledge sharing. Past projects include Wikipedia Edit-a-thons, creating or updating tool documentation, or reviewing and improving policy, standards, or procedural documentation. So if you're not a developer, or don't feel compelled to lend your digital preservation ideas to software and code development, you can contribute to creating new or updated content for the benefit of our community! You can read all about Wikipedia edit-a-thon events here.

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.

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.


Repository of past projects

Software and Tools

  • Checksumthing (2016)
  • Exporting OpenRefine clusters & TIDY: Tool for Improving Data Yourself (2015)
  • ffmprovisr (2015)
  • Hack day capture: GUI tool for BMDCapture, using FFmpeg + BMDTools + BlackMagic Decklink SDK (2014)
  • New and Improved PBCore Tools (2014)
  • Video Characterization Comparison Viewer (2014)
  • Video Sprites! (2014)
  • ArchivesSpace plugins – AV_Space (2014)

Glossaries and Dictionaries

  • Linked Film Description Framework (2016)

Documentation Projects

  • Wikidata efforts to document file formats (2016)
  • Loggr (2016)
  • HACK THE DOCS: OAIS Edit-a-thon (2015)
  • A/V Artifact Atlas (2014)
  • Digital Preservation Wikipedia Entry (2014)
  • FFMpeg guides (2014)

Past Hack Days

Hack Day 2019

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 took place November 28, 2018 at the Hilton Downtown in Portland, Oregon at the AMIA 2018 Conference. Projects included:

Hack Day 2016

Hack Day 2016

Hack Day 2015

Hack Day 2015

Hack Day 2014

Hack Day 2014

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