I suppose it was inevitable. OCLC has been thinking differently lately, and this is just one more example. Besides opening up access to a tremendous amount of data and services to software access via Grid Services, we’re also trying to help developers in libraries, museums, archives, and beyond use these services productively.
Our latest method of doing this is by sponsoring a two-day Hackathon in New York City. Co-sponsored by NYPL Labs, we wil be providing power, wi-fi, food, and a t-shirt (see image) to anyone who wants to come and mess around with APIs and see what damage we can do.
We’re charging a $30 “nuisance fee” to discourage folks from signing up and not coming, since we’re limited in the number of participants we can accommodate, but frankly if that would prevent you from coming then let’s talk. It isn’t about the money. We’ve also put up a wiki page where people can set up ride and room sharing.
If this event is successful, and we have every reason to believe it will, then we may take it on the road. If you’d like to see an event like this in your area, drop me a line. I hope to see you there!Related posts: