The GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) sector is rich in cultural heritage data. In order to process this data and make it accessible it needs to be open. The Open Cultural Data Hackathon was the right place to experiment the potential of openly accessible cultural data. The location was also special, since it took place in the University Library in Basel. For me personally it was a great opportunity to get involved in the subject and to meet new people with this same interest.
I chose to join the project of “Sprichort”. The aim of our team was an app that links historical images from the collection of the Swiss National Library with the places they represent. The app allows the user to enrich the data with their own recording about a specific place. The goal for the hackathon was to create a prototype that illustrated the use of the app.
My team consisted of an advisor for the Swiss eGovernment, two librarians and an architect. In the beginning, we did a broad brainstorming session. Roughly sketching out our ideas helped a lot in having effective discussions and sharing a common understanding of our goal. Then we set the functionalities of the app and began wireframing. As the designer of the team, I then created the UI of our app. I made mockups of our main screens and turned them into an interactive prototype using Marvel App.
At the end of the hackathon, we had an interactive prototype that showed our concept to the rest of the participants. The rapid creation of mockups and the click prototype were the key to deliver a credible concept of our idea.
(photo by Wladyslaw Sojka www.sojka.photo)