Libraries announce planning for Hackathon: Water

Monday, June 8, 2015

LAWRENCE, Kan. – The University of Kansas Libraries announce plans to host an inaugural hackathon this fall, Hackathon: Water at KU, to bring together students, faculty, researchers and community members to collaboratively solve a problem using freely-available data and technology.

KU Libraries will host an open planning meeting on Wednesday, June 17 at 2 p.m. in Watson Library 455. Members of the KU, Lawrence and Kansas communities are invited to attend the meeting, either in person or virtually. Participants will have the opportunity to propose challenges, suggest open datasets or skill sets and offer other ideas for the event. Individuals interested in participating are encouraged to RSVP online.

KU Libraries identified “water” as the broad subject of the hackathon, set to be the culminating event for the 2015 Open Access Week: Open for Collaboration on Saturday, October 24. The event is free and open to the public, with no prior technical experience or knowledge needed.

“Hackathons provide a platform to collaboratively build new solutions using freely-available data and technology to improve our communities and the governments that serve them,” said Dr. Pam Lach, head of KU Libraries Center for Faculty Initiatives and Engagement. “The hackathon’s theme centers around water, broadly construed across the disciplines. Water is one of our most precious resources, and plays an instrumental role in research at KU.” (Learn more about water research at KU.)

The hackathon will be held in the Learning Studio at Anschutz Library. “The Learning Studio is an ideal location for this type of event, as it exists to offer a collaborative learning environment supporting research and academic success,” said Sofia Leung, KU Libraries Learning Studio coordinator.

Planning for the upcoming hackathon was inspired by the National Day of Civic Hacking, a nationwide event organized by Code for America.

Visit the Hackathon: Water at KU page for additional information about the planning meeting and event.

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