GLAM #HackUrCulture: CULTURAL HERITAGE
In a brand new partnership which we will be unpacking with your in a short short while as part of our upcoming programming. We sharing with you an oppertunity to sign up and join the GLAM #HackUrCulture Hackathon with the Goethe-Institut South Africa and the South African digital startup Credipple.
Hack Ur Culture is a platform that brings together GLAM institutions (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums) with creative minds and tech enthusiasts. The aim: to enable collaborations and innovations deriving from open cultural data, bringing African cultural heritage to the forefront of virtual experiences.
The aim: to enable collaborations and innovations deriving from open cultural data, bringing African cultural heritage to the forefront of virtual experiences. Open cultural data is cultural information in various formats (texts, manuscripts, pictures, photos, sounds, videos etc.) that can be accessed, used, modified and shared freely for any purpose.
Calling all creative and tech pioneers to participate in #HackUrCulture
Are you a young professional in the creative, cultural or tech industry in Sub-Saharan Africa? We challenge you to participate in a cultural heritage hackathon to shape the future of African GLAM Institutions.
Applications are officially open. Visit this link to Apply!
Hack Ur Culture aims to put the question of open cultural data on the agenda and to foster creativity with open cultural data, digitized art works and documents. Additionally, we want to make cultural data in South Africa freely accessible for the public to use, share, and modify to enable respectful creative reuse. Stefanie Kastner, Regional Head of Information at the Goethe-Institut South Africa:
“This is an opportunity for brave young minds to lead in the development of innovative solutions that will be used by some of the continents most reputable GLAM institutions. As we begin taking the first steps recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic, we are all responsible for building a new normal that will shape our future. With digital experiences and a shared economy at the heart of that, we ask: how can we help make cultural heritage data more open and accessible to all of us? And how can we bring African cultural heritage to the forefront of virtual experiences?“
This is why Hack Ur Culture cooperates with cultural institutions in opening cultural data to the public and invites creative and digital enthusiats to participate in building innovative solutions to revitalise the GLAM community. By bringing together institutions and creatives, a synergy is formed: when the cultural data is transformed, not only do the institution
and the creatives benefit, but also the public!
The participating GLAM institutions are:
● The District Six Museum, South Africa
● GALA Queer archive, South Africa
● Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa
● HEVA Fund, Kenya
● Iziko Museums, South Africa
● National Library of South Africa
● The Nest Collective, Kenya
● South African History Archive (SAHA), South Africa
● Wikimedia ZA, South Africa
● Wits Art Museum, South Africa
Hack Ur Culture is part of the global project “Hack Your Culture” by the Goethe-Institut, with further iterations taking place in Brazil and Indonesia. At the end of the local hack-a-thons, all participants will come together in a global event to share their respective projects and exchange ideas about their own cultures and the virtual representations of it.