HackaLOD: Cultural linked open data hackathon, February 9 and 10 in Amsterdam

The Rijksmuseum, Koninklijke Bibliotheek (the National Library of the Netherlands) and Netwerk Digitaal Erfgoed (Network Digital Heritage) organise the cultural linked open data hackathon, HackaLOD, on 9 and 10 February in the Posthoorn Church in Amsterdam.

In this new edition of the HackaLOD, the Rijksmuseum joins the organisation, aimed at increasing the visibility of digital collections. In the Posthoorn Church in the Haarlemmerstraat in Amsterdam, two days of new apps, visualisations and other innovations are being worked on in a unique location using cultural digital collections and linked open data as ingredients.

The Rijksmuseum was able to set the tone for cultural institutions internationally in 2013 by making its digital collection available without restrictions. The Network Digital Heritage is a collaboration between cultural institutions that want to store, use and make collections digitally sustainable. The Koninklijke Bibliotheek, the National Library of the Netherlands, is one of the initiators and is committed to improving the visibility of digital collections of heritage institutions in the Netherlands.


For the HackaLOD, various datasets are available, including collections with scanned historical newspapers, ANP messages, books, letters, paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs of historical objects, moments and monuments. In addition, there are datasets that provide an overview of books and authors, works of art and artists, art forms, locations and periods. With the use of Linked Data these data and digital collections can be interconnected, making new applications possible.


Hackers can win two prizes. The main prize is 1,000 euros and is awarded by a jury. The visitors of the symposium choose the winner of the public prize of 500 euros. Both prizes will be made available by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision.

More information and registration

Interested hackers can register on Food, drinks and a place to sleep are of course provided. For other interested parties and heritage professionals in the field of digital cultural heritage, a Symposium will be organised on Saturday 10 February. This Symposium is also in line with the award ceremony of the HackaLOD 2018, registration can be done here.