The word “hackathon” is a blend of the words “hack” (in the sense of explorato­ry pro­gram­ming) and “marathon”. The hackathon Cod­ing Dür­er is mod­eled after the hackathon Cod­ing Da Vin­ci orga­nized by the Open Knowl­edge Foun­da­tion, Wiki­me­dia Ger­many and oth­ers. Its goal is to encour­age insti­tu­tions to lib­er­ate their data and bring this data into a cre­ative con­text from which inno­v­a­tive projects might emerge. Hackathons are often built around indus­tri­al or com­mu­nal data such as traf­fic data. Cod­ing Da Vin­ci, on the oth­er hand, expres­sive­ly puts its focus on cul­tur­al data. In 2014, 17 dig­i­tal cul­tur­al projects were real­ized using 16 datasets.

We need open data. Only if data is avail­able to the pub­lic, cit­i­zens, sci­en­tists, coders are able to use them for ends that no one has thought of before. That entails of course that the result­ing data and code is open as well.

We need an open end in the project. There are no lim­its as to what can be done. There are no restric­tions set by the data sup­pli­ers as to what should be done. The end of the project is open in order to fuel cre­ativ­i­ty. No tar­gets are set in order to yield fas­ci­nat­ing results. 

The pur­pose of Cod­ing Dür­er now is quite sim­i­lar to Cod­ing Da Vin­ci: Open data and open-end­ed. Its focus, how­ev­er, is on art-his­tor­i­cal data and to bring art his­to­ri­ans and coders togeth­er. What can we do with art-his­tor­i­cal data? What insights into art his­to­ry might we gain? How can data visu­al­iza­tions give us an under­stand­ing of art? How can we build mean­ing­ful appli­ca­tions upon those data? How can we bring this data into a con­text nev­er thought of before?

Data sources might be:

We invite inter­est­ed insti­tu­tions to join us and take the chance to present their data sources to the inter­dis­ci­pli­nary group of 40 peo­ple and see what they are able to accom­plish with­in those five days in March and pos­si­bly beyond. Please get in con­tact with us.

The pre­lim­i­nary sched­ule of the hackathon will be pub­lished on this web­site soon. Please check back in a few days.

Update: The list of data sources is avail­able here.