About "Hack Ur Culture"
Hack Ur Culture is a platform for African Cultural Heritage and technology collaborations. This is a joint project between Credipple, the Goethe-Institut, and partners.
Hack Ur Culture's vision and mission are to preserve, promote and educate African Cultural Heritage through innovation and entertainment.
Why do we organize “Hack Ur Culture”?
“Hack Ur Culture” was launched with the awareness that culture belongs to all of us, not only to researchers, academics, or government institutions. Therefore, cultural archives must be able to be enjoyed by the public and other constraints on access.
But “Hack your Culture” does not stop at access — utilization is also of importance. It is wonderful to have digitized art works and documents but they also need to be brought to life. If the public is given the flexibility to reuse cultural archives with their own creativity, galleries, libraries, museums and archives will become richer and will not be threatened by public access. Creative approaches to the visualization of digital content in galleries will make knowledge transfer clearer and can thereby enrich discussions in our institutions and societies.
When was the last time you visited a museum or saw an exhibition in an art gallery? Did you know that the collection on display represents only a small part of the entire owned collection? Cultural institutions such as art galleries, libraries, archiving agencies, and museums have abundant collections that have been accumulated for decades or even centuries. However, the public has limited access and can enjoy only a part of that abundance. What would happen if most of the collection could be easily accessed by the public? Or if people could also use it in their own artwork or creations with different and new interpretations?
The richness of African culture and heritage should be accessible by all people who wish to learn about this country. Creating awareness around cultural archives and open data broadens public access while preserving that knowledge through digital means so the public can easily appreciate and show respect to African culture.
What is “Hack Ur Culture Lekgotla”
In SeTswana, a kgotla is traditionally a public meeting place where community leaders and members gather to discuss issues related to their community.
Hack Ur Culture Lekgotla is a platform and online community gathering for sharing insights, knowledge and discussing challenges from stakeholders in the different industries working with cultural heritage sectors like GLAMs (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums), technology and domestic tourism where everyone has a an opportunity to share their thoughts, ideas, opportunities, concerns and amazing projects they are working on. A platform for dialogue and showcasing what is possible when communities, cultural heritage and technology work together.
What is open cultural data?
Open cultural data is cultural information in various formats (texts, manuscripts, pictures, photos, sounds, videos etc.) that can be accessed, used, modified and shared freely for any purpose. What we mean by cultural information is the expression of the ways communities live and develop, whether tangible or intangible, passed on from generation to generation—their customs, objects, artefacts and artistic expressions.
Why does cultural data need to be open?
Opening cultural data means people can apply their own creativity and viewpoints in order to transform the data and extend it beyond its initial state. This will in turn enrich our culture.