Hackathon Open Data - Open University

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Foto: Jan Bernoth/Anne Frey-University of Potsdam

Registration Open

Open.UP-Course: Open Data - Open University (Password: UP-hackt)
(access is also possible for non-university members)

08.10. - 10.10.2021

Target Group:

  • UP-Students with programming skills
  • co-operating institutions

From October 8th-10th 2021 a Hackathon will be organised by the Institute of Computer Science of the University of Potsdam (UP), supported by the ONE.UP-team. The title of the hackathon is “Open Data – Open University”. Applications will be prototypically developed to enable students to participate in university processes, provide insights into the university and/or facilitate student life. Students who are interested in participating can register via following Open.UP course: Open Data – Open University (Password: UP-hackt).

08.10. - 10.10.2021

Target Group:

  • UP-Students with programming skills
  • co-operating institutions

Program of the Hackathon

Friday, Oct. 8th at the Institute of Computer Science on the campus Golm, Building: 70, Room: 0.09

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.          Official welcome and presentation of the challenges
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.          Choose your challenge and build your team
3 p.m. - 5 p.m.          Ideaworkshop / teambuilding
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.          Working in teams
from 7 p.m.               Get-together and socializing

Saturday, Oct. 9th, digital day on gather.town

We continue the event in a digital surrounding. Teams can of course continue to meet on their own.

10 a.m. - 10.30 a.m.     Welcome session
from 10.30 a.m.             Working in teams

Sunday, Oct. 10th, digital day on gather.town

10 a.m. - 10.30. a.m.     Welcome session
from 10.30. a.m.             Working in teams
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.                 Presentation of the results

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The challenges were submitted by various individuals, projects, and institutions of the University of Potsdam. The challenges can be fully viewed in the Open.UP course Open Data – Open University. Here is an overview:

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Challenge University Library: Data for the use of the publication server publish.UP

Improvemnet of the user statistics of the Open-Access-Repository of the university publish.UP (e.g. ranking of the most frequently accessed documents) ...

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Challenge Prof. Dr. Peer Trilcke: Dashboard for cultural data of the Theodor-Fontane-Archive

The Theodor-Fontane-Archive persues a digitisation strategy, in which extensive data sets in form of digital services are openly provided for research ...

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Challenge University Library: Data enrichment for provenance research

Provenance research identifies the rightful heirs of cultural property. To advance research, data silos should be opened up. Connecting databases and enriching the data is part of this challenge. …

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Challenge Prof. Dr. Ulrich Kortenkamp: How did you manage it?

Many degree courses have suggested study plans, but students have the choice to lay out their own modules. Feedback from fellow student or lecturers ...

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Challenge Prof. Dr. Ulrike Lucke: Gaining a strategic overview

Imagine you had access to strategic papers of differnet universities. All pdf-files, but differently structered and formated. Find similarities and differences between these documents ...

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Challenge Hackathon Team: Orientation on the campus

Especially at the beginning students have difficulties to orientate themselves on the campus. Due to the historical structure the buildings follow no chronologic numbering ...

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Callenge ZIM: Finding free learning spaces / Determinating room utilization

Searching a free learning space is often time-consuming and frustrating. The App Mobile.UP shows free rooms. Unfortunately the app doesn't show, if the room is already used by others ...

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Challenge University Library & ZIM: Bibliometrics - publication network of the UP

The university library collects data on publications by authors belonging to the UP. This "bibliometric output" serves as a basis for negotiations, decisions, and monitoring ...

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Challenge ZIM: Route planing when changing campus

The Univeristy of Potsdam is spread out on three campuses and different secondary locations. Students need to transfer their study location once or twice during the day ...

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Challenge ZIM: Inviting or Sharing with close members

When students work on digital documents, they mostly share it among each other. Especially in bigger groups it can be anoying to add every single group member ...

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Challenge Prof. Dr. Ulrike Lucke: Collecting material

The internet is an almost inexhaustible source for research. It could be so simple: searching - finding - saving. But where to search and what for? And how do I save it? ...

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Challenge Prof. Dr. Ulrich Kortenkamp: The correct way through studies

For the individual course plan there are several data sources that determine them, like framework conditions of the study guidelines, informal recommendations of fellow students ...

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Challenge ZIM: Utilization of public spaces at the UP

Having lunch in the rush hours in the canteen or finding a free learning space in the library can be easy or impossible, depending on how busy it is. It would be practical to see how full ...

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Challenge Hackathon Team: Wiki Data Challenge

WikiData is a free knowledge base with over 92 million data elements that can be collaboratively and freely edited. The platform is characterised by the fact that the data sets are both ...

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Challenge Dr. Firas Al-Laban: Open Repository for OER

Open Educational Resources (OER) allow both learners to acquire knowledge independently and teachers to enrich their lectures. The quality of the OERs play an important role in this context ...

All challenges can be found dircetly in the Moodle course.


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Our Motivation

Citizen participation in public interest processes is gaining more and more attention. Central to this is the desire for an open and transparent society in which no data monopolies are created, because to everyone same opportunities are offered. This requires that public authorities and institutions create and maintain a standardised access point (API) to the collected data. The complexity of this concern becomes clear when one considers the multitude of disciplines that deal with the topic. Here is a small extract:

This is where we would like to join in with the hackathon "Open Data - Open University". The aim of this fast-moving form of work is to create and work on scenarios in which open data from the UP can be used to solve everyday problems. There are no limits to creativity in the implementation of problem solving: web apps, mobile apps, programmes, dashboard components, etc. can be created that process the data from the interfaces of the challenges and make it accessible for users.

Portrait Jan Bernoth

Jan Bernoth

Data Analyst für ONE.UP


Campus Golm
Universität Potsdam
Institut für Informatik und Computational Science
An der Bahn 2, Haus 70
14476 Potsdam