9 May 2022 - 11 May 2022 09:00 - 17:00 Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT


A 3-day digital humanities hackathon organised by CDH in collaboration with Cambridge University Libraries. For Cambridge University staff and students only.

(In)Accessible Archive(s) Hackathon is an exciting opportunity to explore novel visualisation and alternative experiences of digital collections. We’re inviting people from any discipline and with a wide range of skill sets to join us. We seek new ways to break open the inaccessible archive and bring a rich experience of inaccessible knowledge into the open.

Digital collections are situated within a complex and often contested realm of accessibility and inaccessibility. Whether they are digitised from physical collections or born digital, individuals and groups can struggle to access and understand them. The form in which they are presented, the language used to describe them, and the circumstances in which they were collected, are some of the issues that may play a role. What can we do to bring out the inaccessible worlds, places and spaces of privilege and history that are documented within?

We offer support from experts in collections and digital methods from Cambridge University Library and Cambridge Digital Humanities. We also make some suggestions for topics and datasets, but we encourage and welcome you to develop your own project.

(In)Accessible Archive(s) Hackathon will be an intensive, creative experience. The goal is to prototype a visualisation, or other form of expression, presented on the web, that explodes some aspect of the data for a new audience. The Hackathon will be based around three themes, which are detailed below, and which provide example questions and projects you could work on during the sessions.

For more information, and to apply, visit the CDH website

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