Coding Da Vinci

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Call for Applications

The Goethe-Institut is offering experts in the fields of GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums), IT and Design the opportunity to participate in a networking trip to Germany. The participants will get to know new developments in the field of open cultural data, network with each other and with cultural institutions in Munich, and participate in the cultural hackathon Coding da Vinci (6–7 April 2019). 

What is open cultural data? Cultural data is the result of the digitization of cultural assets, including images, sounds, 3D objects, videos and similar that are described in a structured way (metadata). Open cultural data is made available under an open license for unrestricted use.  

The publication of cultural data under an open license opens up completely new target groups for cultural institutions. However, anyone who has already dealt with the metadata knows that a pure deployment does not necessarily lead to broad use. Only when data is turned into useful products (apps, websites, visualizations, games etc.) is new access to art and culture enabled.  

A fresh look at one's own collections as well as the resources required – both crucial in the development of digital services – are often lacking in cultural institutions. The cultural hackathon Coding da Vinci links the worlds of culture and technology and demonstrates the surprising possibilities offered by open cultural data. 

Included services:

  • Return journey from the place of residence to Munich (Economy Class)
  • Accommodation from 2 – 8 April 2019 in Munich
  • Daily allowance for meals
  • Participation in the cultural hackathon Coding da Vinci in Munich (6 – 7 April 2019)
  • Networking with relevant cultural institutions, developers and designers via the network of Coding da Vinci and the Goethe-Institut
  • One-week program in Munich together with experts from the regions: South America, Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia (meeting with stakeholders from museums and other cultural institutions, workshops)
To maximize the impulses and know-how gained from the culture hackathon Coding da Vinci, we recommend that you continue working on the projects initiated during the hackathon after your stay in Germany and attend the award ceremony in Nuremberg on 18 May 2019 via Skype. In addition, the participants are asked to share their experiences in a sharing session organized by Goethe-Institut Johannesburg.
Fellows will participate in the cultural hackathon Coding da Vinci (6–7 April 2019 in Munich) and at the award ceremony in Nuremberg on 18 May 2019. The time between the two events is to be used for the development of a project resulting from the cultural hackathon, for networking, and for individual professional development.

Included services:

  • Return journey from the place of residence to Munich (Economy Class)
  • Accommodation in Künstlerhaus Ebenböckhaus in Munich-Pasing (a room in a 3-artist flat share) and a scholarship of €1,200 per month from 1 April to 31 May 2019
  • Participation in the cultural hackathon Coding da Vinci in Munich (6–7 April 2019) and at the award ceremony in Nuremberg (18 May 2019)
  • Networking with relevant cultural institutions, developers and designers via the network of Coding da Vinci and the Goethe-Institut Program in Munich together with experts from other regions: South America, Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia (meeting with stakeholders from museums and other cultural institutions, workshops)
  • Individual accompanying program during the period of the scholarship organized by Goethe-Institut
Participants are asked to share their experiences in a sharing session organized by Goethe-Institut Johannesburg.
We are looking for experts from the following fields, who are based in Sub-Saharan Africa: 

Experts from the GLAM field
  • You work in a GLAM facility (gallery, library, archive, museum), an academic institution, or you are about to graduate from a relevant field (art history, cultural studies, digital humanities etc.) 
  • You are interested in the topic of open cultural data or ideally work in this field 
  • You have experience in the conception of digital cultural projects 
  • You like working at the interface between culture and IT 
  • You believe in the importance of digitization and open data in the cultural field and would like to work more on this topic 
  • You enjoy exchanging ideas in an international environment 
  • You speak English fluently
Developer / Data Scientist 
  • You develop websites, apps or other applications and/or have experience with open data and API-based applications 
  • You are interested in the topic of open cultural data 
  • You like working at the interface between culture and IT 
  • You believe in the importance of digitization and open data in the cultural field and would like to work more on this topic 
  • You enjoy exchanging ideas in an international environment 
  • You speak English fluently 
UX Specialist / Designer 
  • You have experience in designing user guidance, interaction design and information architecture and can visualize ideas using wireframes and prototypes or create designs for websites, apps or other applications 
  • You are interested in the topic of open cultural data and are inspired by art 
  • You like working at the interface between culture and IT 
  • You believe in the importance of digitization and open data in the cultural field and would like to work more on this topic 
  • You enjoy exchanging ideas in an international environment 
  • You speak English fluently 
The application process was closed on 8 February 2019.