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Hackers to unlock hidden archives of Northern culture


This November 50 computer hackers will be allowed unlimited access to digital data archives of 13 arts and heritage institutions in the North of England for Culture Hack North: Leeds 2011. The 24 hour non-stop event, led by Opera North is the first of its kind in the North and takes place over the weekend of 12 and 13 November, it is part of Leeds Digital Festival and is sponsored by Marketing Leeds.


Organisations opening up their ‘hidden’ data to developers include Opera North, Breeze Leeds, Cornerhouse Manchester, Culture Grid, Leeds Libraries, Leeds Museums, Museums Sheffield, Manchester Museums, National Media Museum, National Railway Museum, Northern Ballet, Pilot Theatre, Sheffield Theatres, and Yorkshire Sculpture Park.


Culture Hack North: Leeds 2011 will run from 9am on Saturday 12 November until 5pm on Sunday 13 November. After introductions, the developers will form into teams and have an intensive, non-stop period of 24 hours to complete their ‘hacks’ – creative and innovative projects based on the wide range of interesting data available. Previous Culture Hack events, which have taken place in London and Edinburgh, have lead to the creation and adoption of tangible products, such as a mobile website for the Edinburgh Book Festival.


For more information about Culture Hack North: Leeds 2011 go here.

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