The following post is from Europeana, cross posted from the Europeana blog.

What are the ben­e­fits of mak­ing cul­tural her­itage data open and reusable? How can it sup­port the devel­op­ment of new con­tent mar­kets, gen­er­ate new jobs and enrich people’s life?

Euro­peana and its part­ners Col­lec­tions Trust, Museu Picasso, Poz­nan Super­com­put­ing and Net­work­ing Cen­ter and Swedish National Her­itage Board are organ­is­ing a series of hackdays for devel­op­ers across Europe in the week 6 – 12 June 2011.

We are in the midst of the prepa­ra­tions and not ready to share all the details yet; how­ever, here some hints of what you can expect:

  • 4 hot spots in Lon­don, Barcelona, Poz­nan and Stockholm
  • 30 high-profile devel­op­ers from cre­ative indus­tries, open data com­mu­ni­ties, cul­tural her­itage insti­tu­tions (per event)
  • Cool venues with all-in facil­i­ties for work, fun and networking
  • Access to a diverse, rich and dynamic con­tent:
  • 17 mil­lion items in the Euro­peana col­lec­tions, of which
  • 3 mil­lion Euro­peana records avail­able under a CC0 license (“No Rights Reserved”) in the Euro­peana Linked Open * Data Pilot datasets
  • Com­fort zone to try out ideas and build pro­to­types show­cas­ing the social and busi­ness value of open cul­tural data
  • Awards! for the best projects at each hackathon
  • Invi­ta­tion for the four final­ists to the spe­cial award cer­e­mony dur­ing the Dig­i­tal Agenda Assem­bly on 16 –17 June in Brus­sels led by the Com­mis­sioner Ms. Neelie Kroes
  • A lot of work ahead for us but we feel excited and keep you posted about all the Hack4Europe! prep bub­bling, onsite news, and outcomes!
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2 thoughts on “Hack4Europe!”

  1. Very much interesting details about this Europe.. But i am highly interested of this Cool venues with all-in facil­i­ties for work, fun and networking and Access to a diverse, rich and dynamic con­tent:

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