May 102011
 

This weekend my colleague Gavin and I decided it would be useful (and fun!) to head along to Culture Hack Scotland, a 24 hour hackday organised by the Edinburgh Festivals Innovation Lab and themed around both the festivals and the wider Scottish cultural scene.

The Edinburgh Festivals Innovation Lab is a new(ish) initiative which has emerged from Edinburgh Festivals, the organisation that is jointly funded by all 12 of the official Edinburgh Festivals to enable them to work together throughout the year, promote initiatives and festival content etc. The idea for the Innovation Lab apparently emerged out of discussions with all of the festivals about their use or interest in digital technology: there were lots of ideas and potential for projects but they didn’t necessarily have the time or skills to take these forward. Last year the Lab hired their inaugal geek-in-residence Ben Werdmuller (he of Elgg fame) and the Culture Hack Day was a significant outcome of the work he has been doing over the last few months. Continue reading »

May 092011
 

On Friday 25th March I attended the Scraperwiki Hacks and Hackers Day at BBC Scotland in Glasgow. As it turned out I was too busy taking part in the hacking to get my notes up on the day so this is a very belated “live blog” largely covering the opening and closing sections of the day. It’s also well worth looking the BBC videos of the day and the Official ScraperWiki blogging on the day.

Introductions

Aine McGuire introduced the day. Hacks & Hackers Day Glasgow has been arranged by ScraperWiki, supported by BBC Scotland, the BBC College of Journalism and with prizes donated by the Guardian Open Platform.

Francis Irving was next up giving an introduction to Scraper Wiki (see also the video below)

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Julian Todd, CTO of SraperWiki had started the site when wanting to know how his MP had voted. Other people were interested, and thus started TheyWorkForYou. Along with voting records some new data was added about divisions etc.

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