Hackathon alert: BiblioHack!

The Open Knowledge Foundation’s Open Biblio group, and Working Group on Open Data in Cultural Heritage, along with DevCSI, present BiblioHack: an open Hackathon to kick-start the summer months. From Wednesday 13th – Thursday 14th June, we’ll be meeting at [Queen Mary, University of London, East London](http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=Queen+Mary+University+of+London&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&fb=1&gl=uk&hq=Queen+Mary+University+of+London&hnear=Queen+Mary+University+of+London&cid=0,0,12211009764401829303&t=m&z=16&iwloc=A), and any budding hackers are welcome, along with anyone interested in opening up metadata and the open cause – this free event aims to bring together software developers, project managers, librarians and experts in the area of Open Bibliographic Data. A workshop will run alongside the coding on the 13th, and a meet-up on the evening of the 12th is open to all whether you’re attending the Hackathon or not.

### What is BiblioHack?

BiblioHack will be two days of hacking and sharing ideas about open bibliographic metadata.

There will be opportunities to hack on open bibliographic datasets and experiment with new prototypes and tools. The focus will be on building things and improving existing systems that enable people and institutions to get the most of bibliographic data.

If you’re a non-coder there are sessions for you too. On the 13th June we will be running a seminar addressing the technical aspects to opening up cultural heritage data which will include a crash course on how to open up your data so developers can build great tools from it as well as some presentations aimed at demystifying some of the key technical concepts around open metadata. There will also be plenty of opportunities for you to discuss some of the challenges to openness faced by your institution.

### When and where?
* The main hackathon will take place over two days between 13th and 14th June at [Queen Mary University of London](http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=Queen+Mary+University+of+London&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&fb=1&gl=uk&hq=Queen+Mary+University+of+London&hnear=Queen+Mary+University+of+London&cid=0,0,12211009764401829303&t=m&z=16&iwloc=A)
* On the 13th June we’ll be running the workshop addressed at the technical challenges to opening up metadata. So for those unable to participate in the hack due to time constraints or lack of coding know how – this is for you!
* On the 12th June – Tuesday evening (details TBC but will be a pub in central / east London!) – we’ll also be hosting a meet-up for anyone attending the hack and open data more generally. Whether it’s open bibliographic data, spending or government data that floats your boat all tribes are welcome!

### Who is organising the event?
* [Open Biblio](http://openbiblio.net) – emphasising the utilisation of tools we’ve developed. We will be focussing on our existing tools and software, the most recent updates of which are available here: [front-end BibServer / BibSoup](http://openbiblio.net/2012/05/08/new-bibserver-features-available-on-bibsoup), [BibJSON](http://openbiblio.net/2012/05/08/bibjson-updates), [back-end BibServer](http://openbiblio.net/2012/05/08/recent-bibserver-technical-development)
* Open Knowledge Foundation’s Working Group on [Open Data in Cultural Heritage and Open GLAM](http://openglam.org)
* [DM2E](http://dm2e.eu) – a new EU funded project devoted to enabling more cultural institutions integrate their collections into Europeana
* [DevCSI](http://devcsi.ukoln.ac.uk) – encouraging diverse thinking around software development and technical innovation

### Who else is involved?

We’ve already lined up a whole host of speakers and groups who’ll be attending both the hack and the workshop. The list so far includes [UK Discovery](http://discovery.ac.uk/), [CKAN](http://ckan.org), [Europeana](http://europeana.eu), [Total Impact](http://total-impact.org), [Neontribe](http://www.neontribe.co.uk/), [The British Library](http://www.bl.uk) with many more to be added in the coming days…

### You’re giving your time and expertise – what do you get if you attend the whole hack?
* Accommodation at QMUL overnight on the 13th
* Food and drink across the 3 days
* The chance to work with experts in their fields
* Admiration and respect from your peers
* We could expound at length, but… go on, you know you want to (it’s free!)

### How can I sign up?
* Register [here](http://openbiblio.net/2012/05/09/bibliohack-hackathon-registration-form/) for the 2 day hack
* Register [here](https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDdDRDNJQlFyaUhLMDVzMkdFTzdZdmc6MQ) for workshop only
* Register [here](http://www.meetup.com/OpenKnowledgeFoundation/London-GB/687252/) for Meet-up only

Please note, if you wish to attend all 3 events you should sign up for each, and the Workshop will run in parallel with the hacking on the morning of the 13th.

### More questions?
Contact Naomi Lillie on admin [@] okfn.org.

See you there!