Association of Moving Image Archivists & Digital Library Federation Hack Day 2015
>>> When, Where, What time?
- Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2015
- Time: ~9am-5pm (with option of continued work projects throughout the conference in our Developer Lounge TBA location)
- Location: Hilton Portland & Executive Tower 921 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97204
- hashtag: #AVhack15
- IRC: #curatecamp_avpres_1 If using an IRC client the server is chat.freenode.net, or you can use your browser and connect to webchat.freenode.net. If you are unfamiliar with IRC, take a look at this ☞ brief introduction.
How can I participate?
Sign up! As this will be a highly participatory event, registration is limited to those willing to get their hands dirty, so no onlookers please.
If you are unsure whether you can or want to participate in the hack day itself, you can still see the results by attending the AMIA closing plenary, where hack day projects will be presented, and the audience will have an opportunity to vote on their favorites.
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 minimal snacks.
Noon-1pm – Lunch on your own.
1 - 4:30 - Hacking & doc editing. Coffee and minimal snacks.
4:30 - 5 - Wrap up.
Closing plenary & prizes
Projects will be presented towards the end of the conference. Projects will be judged by a panel as well as by conference attendees.
In association with the annual conference, the Association of Moving Image Archivists will host its 3nd annual hack day on November 18th in Portland, OR. 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. This year, we will be holding a concurrent Wikipedia Edit-a-thon for those interested in adding to knowledge pool about 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.
The day will also include a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. So even if you're not a developer, nor feel compelled to lend your digital preservation ideas to software and code development, you can contribute to creating new or updated content on Wikipedia for the benefit of our community! You can read all about Wikipedia edit-a-thon events here.
What is a hack day?
A hack day or hackathon is an event that brings together computer technologists and practitioners for an intense period of problem solving through computer programming. Within digital preservation and curation communities, hack days provide an opportunity for archivists, collection managers, and others to work together with technologists to develop software solutions for digital collections management needs. Hack days have been held independently by groups such as the Open Planets Foundation, as well as in association with preservation and access oriented conferences including Open Repositories and Museums and the Web.
The manifesto of a recent event at the Open Repositories conference framed the benefits this way: “Transparent, fun, open collaboration in diversely constituted teams...The creation of new professional networks over the ossification of old ones. Effective engagement of non-developers (researchers, repository managers) in development...Work done at the conference over presentation of something prepared earlier.”
- 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 a working on during your day job)
Hack Day Projects
Soon we'll share everyone's loose ideas for projects to hack on! If you're interested in one of the project stubs below, sign up for a wiki login and add your thoughtful comments or possible starting points to the proposal, or contact the proposer via twitter or email. As the Hack Day approaches, we'll brainstorm further and consolidate like-minded projects.