Penn Libraries to open doors and data to PennApps hackathon

This post about the PennApps Hackathon is reblogged from the fantastic Apps On Tap site. I was thrilled to see that images and data from the Penn Provenance Project on Flickr are going to be used! The event sounds like great fun and I’m looking forward to learning about all of the cool apps that get developed this weekend!

Apps On Tap

On Friday, September 6, the University of Pennsylvania will host PennApps, the largest student-run hackathon in the world. As part of the event, the Penn Libraries will provide work space for 200 hackathon participants in the newly renovated Special Collections Center. A $500 prize will also be awarded to the team that develops the best app using library data.

The Libraries’ contribution to the data pool will include data from the Penn Provenance Project, which uses Flickr to crowd-catalog images of bindings, bookplates, labels, inscriptions and stamps of items now in Penn’s rare book collections. The possibilities for revealing useful patterns in collection building—and finding the next big thing–are virtually endless.

John Ockerbloom’s Online Books and Forward to Libraries (FTL) projects will also be in the mix. The Online Books Page is “a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet. It also aims…

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