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DH Jewish Hackathon, 15-18 September 2022

What?  A collaborative event on challenges and research perspectives in Digital Jewish Heritage

Where? Potsdam

When? Start: afternoon of September 15, 2022 | End: noon of September 18, 2022

Who? Potsdam Network for Digital Humanities, in cooperation with Moses Mendelssohn Center for European-Jewish Studies and the Fellows Yael Netzer, Itay Marienberg-Milikowsky, Gerben Zaagsma

Funded by the Henriette Herz Prize by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Organizers

Potsdam Network for Digital Humanities
Anna Busch, Daniil Skorinkin, Peer Trilcke
 

Moses Mendelssohn Center for European-Jewish Studies
Daniel Burckhardt, Miriam Rürup, Nina Zellerhoff
 

Mail: digital-humanitiesuni-potsdamde

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/DH_Potsdam #DHJewish2022

The digitization of Jewish Cultural Heritage poses new challenges yet creates new opportunities for both institutions and scholars concerned with cultural memory. In this dynamic phase of digital transformation, it is all the more essential to foster open exchange between projects and scholars from the (digital) humanities as well as from computer science. The present “DH Jewish” event is thus conceived as an opportunity that combine this open exchange with collaborative experimentation and prototyping. In pre-established or spontaneously formed teams, participants will – depending on their own interests and expertise – explore little-known datasets, venture on new research questions, experiment with ways of modeling or with novel analytical methods.

The primary aim of this Hackathon, as we understand it, is to create a shared open space in which the participants take time to discuss and experimentally explore topics at the intersection of Digital Humanities and Jewish Studies. Therefore, it is not a question of producing finished results or presenting final products, but of jointly exploring possible paths, developing prototypes, discovering spaces of practice.

Accordingly, our Hackathon involves two formats: Challenges and Sessions.

Organizers

Potsdam Network for Digital Humanities
Anna Busch, Daniil Skorinkin, Peer Trilcke
 

Moses Mendelssohn Center for European-Jewish Studies
Daniel Burckhardt, Miriam Rürup, Nina Zellerhoff
 

Mail: digital-humanitiesuni-potsdamde

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/DH_Potsdam #DHJewish2022

A Challenge is a task to be approached in teams (but in particular cases also individually) during the entire Hackathon. Challenges can be the development of software prototypes, the execution of digital analyses, the processing (cleaning, enrichment, etc.) of a data set, the design of a data model, the discussion of standards or ontologies, the testing of new workflows and much more. Participants faced with a challenge are usually asked to produce a specific outcome by the end of the Hackathon (a poster, a website, a piece of software, a dataset, a concept paper, etc.). Challenges can be submitted to the organizers before the Hackathon and will then be presented on this website. Together with spontaneous ideas, these challenges will be pitched at the beginning of the Hackathon, after which teams will be formed to work on selected challenges during the Hackathon. Everyone is welcome to propose Challenges (see below for information on the procedure).

A Session is an input-and-discussion panel of about 20 to 30 minutes in length. Sessions are spread over the course of the Hackathon and intended to open up spaces of thought and practice, to provide intellectual inspiration and to encourage exchange. A session can be, for example, a short presentation of a data set, a platform, a software, a method, a hypothesis, a research question, or even the (preliminary) results of a research project in progress. It is important that a session offers an impulse that stimulates discussion. Usually, the presentation should not last longer than 10 minutes. Sessions can also be submitted to the organizers before the Hackathon (and will then be presented here on the website). At the beginning of the Hackathon, all participants will collaborate on a schedule based on these pre-submitted session ideas and spontaneous proposals. On each day of the Hackathon day, there will be a slot of 60 to 90 minutes for sessions. Everyone is welcome to propose sessions (see below for information on the procedure).

Fellows

The Potsdam DH Jewish Hackathon 2022 is organized together with these three international fellows:

Portraitfoto von Yeal Netzer

Yael Netzer

Researcher and Teaching fellow at Hebrew University, Haifa University, Dicta, Ben Gurion University, Tel Aviv University

Portaitfoto von Itay Marienberg-Milikowsky

Itay Marienberg-Milikowsky

Head of the Literary Lab, Department of Hebrew Literature, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Gerben Zaagsma

Assistant Professor in Contemporary and Digital History at the Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH), University of Luxemburg

Participation

We warmly invite scholars, computer scientists, data managers, librarians, archivists, artists, activists and everyone else interested in the field of Digital Jewish Heritage to participate in our Hackathon. If you would like to attend, please send an  email to digital-humanitiesuni-potsdamde no later than September 1, 2022. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Please include the following information in your registration email:

  • Name
  • Affiliation
  • Profession
  • Contact details

You are also welcome to suggest a challenge or a session. If you would like to do so, please send us additionally:

  • Working title
  • Short description or proposal  (no more than 150 words)

You are also invited to become a data partner of the Hackathon by providing a data set. In this case, we kindly ask you to provide the following information:

  • Name of the data set
  • Description of the data set (with information e.g. about origin, size, structure, format, research questions, etc.)
  • Link to the data set
  • Copyright information
  • Contact details of person in charge