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RLUK Hack Day #RLUKhack

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RLUK Linked Open Data release

Working with The European Library, RLUK will soon be releasing over 17m bibliographic records as LOD. We want to work with the developer and academic community to realise the full impact of this very large open dataset. We want to encourage people to engage with the data, reuse it and make it usable for others in the pursuit of research and learning that will benefit all.

As such following on from the launch of the dataset, RLUK is running an initial Hack Day at Senate House Library, London. A one-day event, the day is aimed at encouraging direct development of the dataset, and will be a hands-on, BYOD set of sessions for those with a practical interest in or experience of developing services and prototypes using LOD.

Competition Themes

There will be several themes (and categories, to be announced) for the day:

  • Linking Up datasets – a prize for work that combines data from multiple data sets
  • WWI
  • Eastern Europe
  • Delivering a valuable hack for RLUK members



9.00-9.30: Registration and Coffee

09.30-09.45: Owen Stephens, Owen Stephens Consulting: Event Outline & Challenges

09.45-10.00: Mike Mertens: RLUK and Aims of LOD release

10.00-10.20: Nuno Freire, Chief Data Officer, The European Library: RLUK LOD and the TEL API

10.20-10.30: Questions

10.30-10.45: Break

10.45-12.30: First “Hack”

12.30-13.15: Lunch

1.15-3.00: Second “Hack”

15.00-15.15: Break

15.15-17.00: Third “Hack”

5.00-17.50: Project Feedback

17.50-18.00: Wrap-up, Next steps and Close.

18.00-19.00: Après-Hack: Drinks and Prize-giving.



The event is a bespoke one and places are limited to 30 – so please register early to avoid disappointment!

Registration will end on 04 May or when all places have gone – whichever comes the sooner!

Top image courtesy of Senate House Libraries

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