Join the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts and Curtin Library Makerspace to hack cultural datasets and heritage information.
Use government and institutional research data, gallery, library, archive and museum information as data sources. Experiment with data for a research project or proposal; create something accessible, beautiful and/or useful using craft, games, augmented or virtual reality, apps or something else: it’s up to you.
Dates: Thursday 10 November (launch at 5 pm) and Friday 11 November 2016, 9 am – 5 pm.
Location: Robertson Library (Building 105), in the Lounge/Makerspace area (level 2), Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley
Register your place: Registration is free, open to all, and can be done via our Eventbrite link
|Thursday 10 November|
|3.30 – 4.30 pm||Pre-makathon workshop – learn about the Trove API to use data in creative ways|
|5 – 7 pm||Makathon launch: Welcome,;data mentors speak about available dataset; teams form, discuss ideas and make team t-shirts and badges|
|Friday 11 November|
|8.30 am – 5 pm||Makathon – teams work on projects|
|5 – 6 pm||Short presentations of projects and awarding of spot prizes|
|Friday 18 November||Winners of $500 cash prize announced|
Pre-makathon workshop Thursday 10 November, 3.30 – 4.30 pm, Curtin Library, Room 412
Kathryn Greenhill and Janice Chan will facilitate a hands-on workshop on how to use the Trove API and show some examples to inspire us on ways it can be used to visualise the data. Participants should obtain a Trove API ‘key’ prior to the workshop. You should register here.
We are honoured to have the following people as judges:
Links referred to on Thursday evening
Curtin Collections (Mentor – Mattias Liffers)
WA Cultural Collections
WA Data portal (Mentors – Keith Moss) – http://data.wa.gov.au/
Here is a great range of resources and datasets of cultural and historical datasets from across WA Government for you to use in your project or proposal.
State Library of WA (SLWA) (Mentor – Molly Tebo) –
SLWA catalogue (may also be queried through TROVE) – http://encore.slwa.wa.gov.au/iii/encore/?lang=eng
WA documentary heritage collections – use ‘archival’ or ‘photograph’
SLWA datasets – http://slwa.wa.gov.au/find/datasets
SLWA electronic resources – http://slwa.wa.gov.au/find/wa_resources
WA Links – http://slwa.wa.gov.au/find/wa_information/wa_government_inormation
WA Museum (WAM) (Mentor – Andrew Rowe) – http://museum.wa.gov.au/
WAM collections – http://museum.wa.gov.au/online-collections/
WAM apps – http://museum.wa.gov.au/apps
State Records Office of Western Australia (SROWA) – http://www.sro.wa.gov.au/
SRO catalogue – https://archive.sro.wa.gov.au/ – use ‘browse – digital objects’ for images
SRO collections – http://www.sro.wa.gov.au/archive-collection/collection
SRO indexes – http://www.sro.wa.gov.au/archive-collection/finding-aids-and-indexes/specialised-finding-aids-and-indexes
A link to a faceted search layer for SRO and WAM collections will be made available during the event.
Australian Data and collections
CSIRO (Mentor – Sue Cook) – https://data.csiro.au/dap/home?execution=e1s1
TROVE – http://trove.nla.gov.au/
Australian National Data Service (ANDS) –
How can I help?: If you would like to get involved by volunteering to assist with data or sponsoring a prize, we’d love to hear from you. Contact: Dr Lise Summers: email@example.com or Dr Karen Miller: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out more: Curtin Cultural Makathon is funded by a MCCA strategic grant. For more details on the project contact Professor Erik Champion: email@example.com
More information will be made available on this page, so please revisit!
NB: Photos will be taken on the day and may be used in reporting the event.
Tools, techniques and inspiration
Election stitchup (Gov Hack project)
Useless ways of presenting data (#Hack4DK)
|Leveraging Client-Side API and Linked Data Support||OCLC Developer Network|
Lifehacker Maps: Australian Ghost Towns
Curtin would like to pay respect to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members of our community by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land on which the Perth campus is located, the Whadjuk people of the Nyungar Nation; and on our Kalgoorlie campus, the Wongutha people of the North-Eastern Goldfields.