A diverse community came together in a three-day virtual hackathon with the aim to improve the open research data landscape.
SWITCH and FORS organised an Open Research Data (ORD) Hackathon to strengthen collaboration and build a community around ORD. The aim was to initiate a Swiss forum to bring the research community together and invite students, researchers, librarians, open data experts, developers and service providers to share their ideas and pave the way for innovative projects and applications. Around 40 participants from across the globe (one researcher joined from Karachi, another from Lilongwe) came together to connect on ideas and to improve the open research data landscape. The hackathon was also supported by DaSCH and opendata.ch who helped to spread the word and actively participated in the working groups.
The ORD Hackathon took place mid-January 2021. Prior to the hackathon, the community submitted a total of 13 ideas to hack on. Each idea was then presented during the kick-off event on 18th January 2021. Subsequently, each participant decided which idea they wanted to hack via a poll during the kick-off event. The participants selected a total of 7 ideas to be hacked, all deposited on GitHub ORD-Hackathon / hackathon-2021.
Thus, the polling resulted in self-organised teams for each idea. Each team decided upon a team leader who made sure that all necessary skills are present in a given team. The actual hacking (conceptualisation, coding, etc.) of the ideas started once the teams were formed and continued throughout each day of the hackathon. Each team then presented their results to the community on day three. After the teams presented, the participants voted on the ideas. Based on the voting, SWITCH and FORS offered prizes to the winning teams of ideas 1. Open science indicators, 10. SWISS repositories and 7. Open research data queriable by location.
The participants of the Swiss ORD Hackathon 2021 provided valuable first steps towards innovative Open Research Data projects and applications (see report). Most importantly, the activities formed a community that will likely continue collaborating on plentiful activities beyond the hackathon itself, since the participants not only collaborated fruitfully within their teams but also shared information and insights amongst the different teams. Hence, we are thankful for the time and effort of all the participants. The fruitful collaborations shall continue in further community activities and the participant's feedback survey stated it loud and clear: there is an overarching majority keen on collaborating again at a future Swiss ORD Hackathon.
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