AMIA / DLF Hack Day

In association with the annual conference, the Association of Moving Image Archivists will host its second annual hack day on October 8, 2014 in Savannah, GA. The event will be a unique opportunity for practitioners and managers of digital audiovisual collections to join with developers and engineers for an intense day of collaboration to develop solutions for digital audiovisual preservation and access. It will be fun and practical…and there will be prizes!

For those of you who want to participate in another way, we’ll be hosting a concurrent Wikipedia edit-a-thon, which will focus on topics related to digital preservation & access for audiovisual materials. While we encourage non-engineers to participate in the hack day portion, there’s a lot of work to be done to describe topics relevant to our community on Wikipedia as well.

We are very excited to be collaborating with the Digital Library Federation once again. A robust and diverse community of practitioners who advance research, teaching and learning through the application of digital library research, technology and services, DLF brings years of experience creating and hosting events designed to foster collaboration and develop shared solutions for common challenges. DLF is generously funding two Cross-Pollinator Travel Awards for developers interested in attending the AMIA conference and participating in the hack day.

What is a hack day?

A hack day or hackathon is an event that brings together computer technologists and practitioners for an intense period of collaborative problem solving. Within digital preservation and curation communities, hack days provide an opportunity for archivists, collection managers, technologists, and others to work together develop software solutions, documentation or training materials, and more for digital collections management needs.

The manifesto of a recent event at the Open Repositories conference framed the benefits this way:

“Transparent, fun, open collaboration in diversely constituted teams…The creation of new professional networks over the ossification of old ones. Effective engagement of non-developers (researchers, repository managers) in development…Work done at the conference over presentation of something prepared earlier.”

What happened at last year’s hack day?

Last year’s AMIA/DLF Hack Day was an incredible success. Over 30 participants formed 6 teams who worked intensively over the day to create innovating solutions to problems submitted by the participants themselves. The outcomes ranged from working software to guidelines for common tools. See the results on last year’s wiki.

What will be the format of the event?

In advance of the hack day, project ideas and a Wikipedia editing topic list will be collected through the registration form and the event wiki. On the morning of the event, participants will review and discuss submitted project ideas. We’ll then break into groups consisting of technologists and practitioners, selecting an idea to work on together for the day and (if desired) throughout the duration of the AMIA conference in the developers lounge.

Projects will be presented during the conference, on Friday, October 10 at 3:30pm. Projects will be judged by a panel as well as by conference attendees.

How can I participate?

Sign up! As this will be a highly participatory event, registration is limited to those willing to get their hands dirty, so no onlookers please. You may participate even if you do not know code or have an engineering background—we welcome metadata hacking, ideas for programs that can be worked on with engineers who will be present to collaborate with, and Wikipedia editing for digital preservation and access for moving image and sound.

Ready to sign up and join the fun?



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