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The battle of Adwa (1896). Victory of the Ethiopian troops putting an end to the first Italian-Ethiopian colonial war. Painting on canvas, unknown artist.  MEG ETHAF 034815. Photo J. Watts.

29. – 30.09.2023 @ Musée d’ethnographie de Genève, Geneva, free

Colonial collections, provenance research and the application of the FAIR and CARE principles in data governance!

After putting our efforts into raising awareness about OpenGLAM among museums, encouraging projects which engage an audience, working with linked open data, machine learning, human-computer-interaction and crowdsourcing, the focus of the 2023 edition lie on colonial collections, provenance research, as well as the application of the FAIR and CARE principles in data governance. 

As in the previous editions, all types of heritage institutions are encouraged to provide data and to participate in the hackathon; it is our goal to improve the networking among them, especially also across sectors (museums, archives, libraries). As in most previous editions, the hackathon will last two days, with an online and offline side programme in the weeks preceding the event to transfer know-how on specific topics and foster the exchange among the OpenGLAM community.

We will spend 2 to 2.5 days at the Musée d’ethnographie de Genève (MEG) in Geneva from 29 to 30 September.

The GLAMhack 2023 official program starts on Friday, but we are working on a possibility to participate in a side programme already on Thursday.


Pre-Event 1: Monday 26th of June, 6 p.m.
Conference by: Brigitte Vézina
Open access to cultural heritage: ethical issues
Cultural institutions fulfill the important task of making the digital cultural heritage publicly accessible. For a couple of decades they have made significant strides in digitizing and opening up their collections. However, at least in some cases, this process may come into conflict with the rights, values and interests of the original owners of the cultural property or associated communities – this is especially the case with sensitive cultural heritage. This webinar explains why it is important to continue the conversation about copyright and open access to cultural heritage, and how ethical concerns in dealing with sensitive, digital cultural heritage can be adequately addressed.

Pre-Event 2: Thursday 31st of August, afternoon
“Logiciels libres en Archives, Bibliothèques et Centres de documentation” 

Pre-Event 3: In the week of 11th of September at 18:00, online
More infos soon!

On Thursday 28th September, afternoon
Workshop on colonial collections and archives in the library of MEG + brainstorming session on challenges

Hackathon Program

Main hackathon from Friday morning to Saturday evening. Note that the detailed programme is subject to change – please see the times are CEST / UTC +2. If you have any questions please contact Gaston Wey.

Friday, 29th September 2023Programm point
08:30 – 09:00Check-in
09:00 – 09:20Opening Session, the official start of the Hackathon
09:20 – 09:40Ice Breakers
09:45 – 11:00Presentation of Challenges / Idea Pitching
11:00 – 12:00Group Creation – First Group Meeting
12:00 – 13:00Noon Break
12:00 – 18:30Work in groups
18:30 – 20:00Dinner
from 20:00-23:30Work in groups (“night shift”)
Saturday, 30th September 2023
08:30 – 09:00Breakfast
09:15 – 09:30Check-in
09:30 – 09:45Welcome to Day 2

Work in groups
13:00 – 14:00Lunch

Work in groups
15:30 – 17:00Final Project Presentations
17:00 – 18:00Apéro/End


This event is organized by the OpenGLAM CH Working Group of the association, with contributions from:

Organization Committee of the GLAMhack 2023 in Geneva

Gaston Wey (project coordinator 2023)

Lionel Walter (coaching, lead dataset team, supervisor)

Jonas Lendenmann (dataset team)

Dominik Sievi (dataset team)

Floriane Morin (coordinator, host)

Marina Berazategui  (coordinator, host)

Grégoire de Ceuninck (coordinator, host, data manager)

Enrico Natale

The event is also organized in collaboration with Open Science for arts, design and music (,_Design_and_Music).

By Open Science for arts, design and music – SUPSI, CC0,
8th Swiss Open Cultural Hackathon in collaboration with the SUPSI in Mendrisio. Video by Lorenzo di Lernia and Alessandro Plantera. Graphic design by Max da Rocha Fonseca. Soundtrack by AlexiAction.

What else….

Watch the final video and the project presentations from the GLAMHack 2022 in Mendrisio.

Learn more about the first eight Open Swiss Cultural Data Hackathons.

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We can’t wait to see and hack with you!