Culture Grid Hack Day

Culture Grid Hack Day- 18 Feb 2011 from Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums on Vimeo.

What was Culture Grid Hack Day?

This hack day brought together 40 web developers from the museums and commercial sector to experiment with the data currently available in Culture Grid on Friday 18th February 2011.

The Culture Grid is a new online service from Collections Trust, the UK’s independent organisation for museum collections.

In 2010 Culture Grid released all of its collections data through API. This currently stands at over 1 million digital records of objects from UK museums, libraries and archives.

The aims for the hack day were-

– To experiment and build prototype applications that could benefit UK museums.
– Establish new relationships between museums and developers from the commercial sector.

The event was jointly organised by the North East Regional Museums Hub and Collections Trust and was kindly supported by Codeworks.

What was built?

Here is a list of projects built and presented on the day (with URLs where available)-

 CultureGridNE: ColourAPP

Mike Hirst developed this tool for extracting colours from image search returns. Palettes can be downloaded and saved for use. A proposed extension of this resource is to use predominant colour as a text-free search tool, encouraging multiple searches through potentially disparate objects linked only by colour.

Culture Grid Mapping Demo-

Adrià Mercader worked on a mapping tool for collections and institutions. The source code is available here:

Culture Grid: Search-

Richard Light developed a Culture Grid search tool incorportaing data from multiple sources (including BBC, Dpedia, Google Maps).

QR Code Generator (no URL available as yet)

Rob Kilby and Chris Neale built a prototype web application that was in 2 parts. A backend CMS allowing staff to search Culture Grid and automatically create QR codes for results. QR codes would then be displayed alongside objects in an exhibition. When accessed, the QR code will direct users to the object record on Culture Grid  and invite them to share on Facebook via a ‘Like’ button. This project is currently in develoment. URL to follow.     

Mobile Map Application using Culture Grid information

Patrick McCourt, Connor Smallman (TimeMaps/JPBL), Mark Careless (360Revelations) developed the visual concepts of an app using the Google Android mobile platform, Google Maps API, and the Culture Grid, to achieved a mobile application that tracks a user via GPS and also queries the Culture Grid for institutions. More information and future aims for the source on the JPBL blog.

Culture Grid Data Visualiser

Taras Johnson worked on a visualiser which was intended to give an overview of the entire Culture Grid dataset, using a tree ring graph to divide the dataset. Users could choose to filter the data using different variables and then browse the data by selecting the appropriate ring (which could then divide into further rings before showing actual results). Zooming into tunnel style animation with images flying out at you is anticipated.