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Announcing: new Culture Hack Data and the Culture Hack Toolkit

In just over three years, Culture Hack has grown from a ‘one-off’ hack day to a digital prototyping programme for the arts sector, with hundreds of people from creative, technology, cultural, arts and heritage organisations participating. Culture Hack Data is a new online repository signposting some of the most useful, hackable open cultural data we’ve […]

Guest Post: Joy of Books

Our blog is usually a repository for updates about Culture Hack projects and prototypes, but we were really interested in Danny Birchall’s visualising bibliographic data thread on the Museums Computer Group JISCmail list and have asked him to summarise his findings for our first guest post. What does a collection of books look like, other […]

New digital prototypes from Culture Hack East

Back in February we ran a Culture Hack East Ideas Lab in partnership with Creative Front and CoDE at Anglia Ruskin University, with support from the Arts Council. The aim of the lab was to bring together cultural organisations, technologists, designers and developers to experiment with rapid ideas generation. We had over thirty attendees including […]

Ideas Lab – winning pitches

Ideas Lab Judging Panel (L-R): Zoe Svendsen (Metis Arts), Rachel Drury (Arts Policy Researcher in Residence, University of Cambridge), Georgia Ward (Arts Council England) and Daniel Jones (Erase) Successful project team (L-R) Lisa Hann (River and Rowing Museum), Anusha Iyer (Tribal Labs) and Dr Leah Tether (Anglia Ruskin University) Another winning project for (L-R): Dr […]

Culture Hack East Round-up 6: Pitching to the Panel

The Ideas Lab grand finale involved pitching digital prototypes to a panel of experts, including Rachel Drury (Arts Policy Researcher in Residence, University of Cambridge), Daniel Jones (Erase), Zoe Svendsen (Metis Arts), Georgia Ward (Arts Council England) and Rob Toulson (CoDE). This session began with informal updates on two projects. Richard Hall from Cambridge Country […]

Culture Hack East Ideas Lab Round-up 5: Open Forums

The second session of the day involved facilitated discussion forums around commissioning and resources. The commissioning forum negotiated possible solutions to problems encountered with funding and tendering by arts organisations and technologists. The process of tendering can be frustrating for technologists, who often carry out preliminary work on bids only to find these are awarded […]

Culture Hack East Ideas Lab Round-up 4: Concepts, Ideas, Prototyping

Day two of the Culture Hack East Ideas Lab kicked off with a second ‘speed data’ session, this time exploring a series of 20 one sentence challenges drawn from ideas gathered in the first day’s sessions. Challenges discussed included questions such as ‘how can we ensure that the digital will enhance and not detract from […]

Culture Hack East Ideas Lab Round-up 3: Idea Sharing

After a group discussion, participants re-grouped to develop the morning’s project ideas. We began with a ‘Speed Data’ session, where technologists and arts organisations had a series of 2 minute conversations exploring where their interests collided and what skills they could swap. Next, project ideas brainstormed from the morning session were reviewed, and participants were […]

Culture Hack East Ideas Lab Round-up 2: Inspirational talks

After brainstorming digital projects to develop during the Ideas Lab, participants heard about a range of other contemporary projects in the field through a selection of fast moving 5 minute talks. First to speak was Martha Henson, a digital producer previously working with Wellcome Trust. Martha focused on ‘High Tea’ http://hightea.wellcomeapps.com/ an online game where […]

Culture Hack East Ideas Lab Round-up 1: Group Working and Themes

After an insightful first day at the Culture Hack East Ideas Lab, we wanted to share some of the developments so far. We have been working with researcher Alexandra Reynolds, who is helping us with some evaluation, and she has written us this round up of the first day of the Ideas Lab: Registration began […]