Expert outreach/National Wikimedian at the National Library of Wales/History Hackathon 2020

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History Hackathon 2020 - In a nutshell

  • Where?: National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
  • When?: 11 February, 10am - 4pm
  • Contact:
  • Twitter: @wiki_nlw
  • Cost: Free.
  • How to attend?: Register
  • Bring: A laptop and enthusiasm!


Themes[edit | edit source]

The History Hackathon will be a hack day which focuses on reusing historical data about Wales and its people from the National Library of Wales. This will include 1000's of biographical records, digital images, shipping records, OCR data and much more.

Hacking can include programming, data visualisation, gamification, creative and artistic reuse and much more!

It is a free event, with free lunch and goody bags for all those who attend!

Data available now[edit | edit source]

Here are links to some of the data sets available for hacking.

Data available on the day[edit | edit source]

For the first time, we are giving full access to the full text of 16 million pages of historical Welsh newspapers via an API.


The output of one of Wales largest crowd sourcing projects the API will give access to nearly a million records of place names, tennants and landowners.


In adition to the Wikidata above we will have an API to help create dynamic recources using data about important Welsh people.


  • IIIF Images

We will deomstrate how to use our APIs to call digital images from our archive along with the relevent data.


Outcomes[edit | edit source]

Wikidata Tools[edit | edit source]


Other useful tools[edit | edit source]