What is Libraryhack?
Libraryhack is a mashup and apps competition with great prizes designed to encourage the creative and innovative re-use of library data and digital content.
The competition is being run by the National, State and Territory libraries of Australia and New Zealand. (NSLA)
For the Libraryhack competition, participating libraries are making some of their collections and data freely available for anyone to mash up, remix and repurpose and create something new!
There are 4 competition categories to encourage people from a range of communities (developers, artists, digital content creators, historians, researchers and members of the public) to participate.
Why is NSLA holding a competition?
As libraries digitise their collections and make these collections available online, they are keen to expose these collections to new audiences.
This competition gives National and State Libraries Australasia (NSLA) the opportunity to collaborate with new communities of users and encourage them to use library content and other freely available data in inventive ways for research, creative or personal use.
This competition aims to generate new content which may be added to NSLA heritage collections or to develop tools to help with the creation of new content in the future.
When is Libraryhack?
Libraryhack begins with an ideas competition that opens on 8 February 2011 and closes on 30 April 2011.
Entries in the mashup and apps categories open on 1 May 2011 and close on 31 May 2011.
LibraryHack events will be held across Australia in May 2011. Many events will be scheduled to coincide with Library and Information Week 23 – 29 May 2011. You can find out about events by checking on the Libraryhack website in the coming months. You could event get together with a group and hold a hack event of your own.
How can I find out more?
Which libraries are contributing to Libraryhack?
The National and State Libraries of Australia and New Zealand (NSLA) are contributing to Libraryhack as a part of the Re-imagining Libraries program.