Heritage + Culture Open Data Challenge

This Challenge is now closed - to find out more about the finalists and winners, check out our homepage! 

http://www.nesta.org.uk/closed-heritage-culture-open-data-challenge

The Heritage + Culture Open Data Challenge, run by Nesta and the Open Data Institute, invites teams to use open data to build products and services that create social impact. The challenge question is:

How can we use open data to engage more people, and more diverse people, in UK heritage and culture?

The winner of the Challenge will receive £50,000 equity-free funding to further develop their product.

Use this group to register your interest by creating a profile and submitting your ideas. 

For more information, please see our website.

You MUST use at least one source of government open data so highlight how you will use this with other open data in your project description!

Contact

opendata@nesta.org.uk / @ODChallenges.

99 People and Projects in this group

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Social Value Mapping

Project needs  Developers, Designers, Writers, Scientists, Product Managers, Filmmakers
  • Members
  • Dave Kilroy
OUTLINE We want to use open data to tap into and reveal added value that we create through social enterprise. We want to make a Software-As-A-Service (SaaS) that can be consumed directly on a website, as a web service for an associated mobile app - and ideally as a publicly available API for others to use on their websites/apps. This tool will start with data we already collect on members of the Plymouth Social Enterprise Network and look to source comparable data on conventional businesses in Plymouth…
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Open Inheritance Art

Project needs  Developers, Designers, Artists, Writers, Product Managers
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  • Helen Cox
HMRC maintain an online database of 36,000 art objects, including paintings, ceramics, sculpture, rare books and many others. The owners of these artworks have been granted a rebate on the inheritance tax due in exchange for granting access to the works to the general public by appointment. However, the database is little known and consequently these works are seldom visited or accessed by the general public. The database also contains no images so there is no strong incentive for non-experts to…
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Cultural HUNTERS

Project needs  Developers, Designers
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  • Yunjia Li
  • Chaohai Ding
  • Vanissa Wanick
This is a service game-like app that allows people to engage with local culture. The idea is to build one product that could be utilised by other museums. The deepness of it is represented by mini-games. The game follows a story of discoveries. As a mobile app-game, it could embed location-based data, such as the location of different museums, heritage sites and their prices. The app might suggest to users where to go, to find some treasures and objects hidden by History. For example, when the user…
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Overcoming Barriers to Access in Rural Areas

Project needs  Developers, Designers, Artists, Writers, Scientists, Musicians, Filmmakers
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  • Eva Milroy
We are looking to use the Nesta Challenge to build wider and more active data clusters that will provide the basis for more meaningful learning from existing and potential cultural data. We intend to develop the project in the region of Dumfries & Galloway (south-west Scotland). This area is rich in practitioners and arts and heritage programmes and attractions. However being rural and very sparsely populated, the area has poor transport and communication networks, so different access solutions…
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Culture Everywhere

Project needs  Developers, Designers, Artists, Writers, Product Managers
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  • Ian Ibbotson
  • Danny Antrobus
Summary: Culture Everywhere gives grassroots arts and community organisations the tools and data they need to identify, target and deliver activities that meet real need and which bring culture and heritage to more, and more diverse, people. The project: Culture Everywhere seeks to overcome the technical and research barriers that prevent community groups from making effective use of open data to provide the supporting evidence for their projects, business plans, funding applications and evaluations.…
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Discover British Treasures

Project needs  Developers, Designers, Artists
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  • Tomasz Florczak
  • Ralph Cochrane
We wanted to find a way to inspire and engage school children so that they learn about history and visual arts. To think of museums as fun places that can make them smarter. We know from our other apps that people love quiz games on their 'phones, especially if they can compete online with their friends and climb up the leaderboard. The goal of this project is to reach young audience (mainly 14-25) and spark their interest in art with a series of interactive smartphone quiz games leveraging…
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    Discovery app for personalised heritage/culture experiences

    Project needs  Developers, Designers
    • Members
    • Dylan Mouratsing
    • Emma HC
    • Chris Rees
    • Johnny O'Gorman
    • Jennifer Hughes
    This app will deliver recommended heritage and culture experiences based on a variety of available data sources: - User location - User profile - User interests - Family make-up (e.g. age of any children, baby change needs) - Disability needs profile (e.g. access, deaf / blind provisions) - Current events/short term attractions - Date of intended visit (i.e. next day, weekend, bank holiday, school holiday) Within this app there will be the opportunity to leave feedback, leading to real or virtual…
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    PostcodePast - unlocking your local heritage

    Project needs  Developers, Designers, Artists, Writers, Scientists, Product Managers, Engineers
    • Members
    • James Morley
    PostcodePast is about driving the discovery and enrichment of heritage content, sharing local knowledge back to a global community. The concept is simple: - Explore the places you know - Discover local items from the world's cultural collections - Share your knowledge and put things on the map - Release this new, enriched data openly for others to use For an early prototype see http://postcodepast.com In more detail: Users will explore the places they know, but be shown potential content carefully…
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    SoundPath : An immersive experience

    Project needs  Developers, Designers, Artists, Musicians
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    • Andrea Kennedy
    • Massy Gourmand
    Using the British Museum’s Semantic Web Collection online, we at Nature of the Beast intend to create soundscapes for distinct departments of the British Museum for a new way of storytelling. We see the app as being able to be used both inside the museum, paired with beacon technology, and remotely, where the user explores the museum by map. By parsing metadata from the collections (including artifact keywords, years and departments), we will combine this information with distinct soundscapes…
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    Gander - adding spontaneity to (planning) cultural days out.

    Project needs  Developers, Engineers
    • Members
    • Ismail Patel
    • Sam Hipwell
    • Martin Vowles
    It’s Sunday morning and you’ve the whole day ahead of you. What shall you do? Many people are often stuck for last minute ideas or are overwhelmed by the sheer choice available, especially in a city like London. Maybe you’d like to go to a museum or gallery but simply don’t know which one because you’ve no idea what’s there. Gander is here to help you make a spontaneous but informed choice returning results that show details of actual exhibits from the collections of museums and galleries…
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    Magpie: Helping kids collect memories

    Project needs  Developers, Designers, Writers
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    • Darwin Peltan
    We can all remember that feeling of wonder when we were first moved by seeing something amazing or beautiful in a gallery or a museum. Magpie aims to help children remember these moments of wonder, encouraging them to learn more about the artworks and objects which have inspired them. Mapgpie draws on children's innate love of collecting, allowing them to create their own unique collection of objects and artworks that have moved or inspired them. During a visit a child can use Magpie to quickly…
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    Living Context: Stories of Then & Now

    Project needs  Developers, Designers
    • Members
    • Konstantin Dankov
    • Rebekkah Abraham
    • James Morley
    • Breandán ÓNualltáin
    Backed by the Historypin community archive platform, people will use our mobile app to deepen the context of local history. Prompted by photographs collected by archives, museums and local history groups, they will record and share their own stories. A citizen historian will: * Browse through images of a place or theme that matters to them; * Respond naturally and immediately with their own reflections and stories, captured by the app in audio form; * Add their recorded reflections to the original…
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    Blind people discovering UK museums.

    Project needs  Developers, Designers, Writers
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    • Cinzia Costanzo
    • Stefano Paluello
    • Mirko Santangelo
    • Mario Bucolo
    The project is manly (but not only) oriented to blind people and want to involve key players in the UK museums scene. Starting from British Museum, Tate and Natural History Museums (based on available open data set) but extending to other museums and cultural destination thanks to Europeana and including National Trust Properties. The project can involve also National Parks. Using ‘Beacons’ proximity technologies and sophisticated algorithm is possible to create mobile apps that automatically…
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    Visualising Heritage and Culture

    Project needs  Developers, Designers, Writers
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    • Michael Brightman
    Creating a website that visualises cultural and heritage locations throughout the UK with interactive filters that allows searching by, for example and not limited to: county, city, town thematic eg. castle, lighthouse, windmill, stately home period eg. tudor, Edwardian, Roman opening time of year price accessibility This project is innovative, using cutting edge, state of the art visualisation and mapping software which has not previously been utilised for heritage and culture applications. Using…
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    Visiting UK by PhotoSpotLand

    Project needs  Developers, Designers, Writers
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    • Cinzia Costanzo
    • Stefano Paluello
    • Mirko Santangelo
    • Mario Bucolo
    PhotoSpotLand is a mobile|web tool for travelers, making it easy for them to shoot great photos in great places, while meeting fellow photographers. PhotoSpotLand offers a platform for sharing the best locations and events for shooting great photos. The app adds a social layer and allows users to discuss topics such as camera equipment and travel advice. Uniquely, the mobile app allows users to interact, in a bidirectional way, with the surrounding world without any data connection. PhotoSpotLand…
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    City Radar - knowing and reaching your audience

    Project needs  Developers, Designers, Engineers
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    • Ian Savage
    City Radar will be a website and app, linked to a software as a service (SaaS) platform, for culture and heritage attractions in particular. It will provide: A host of relevant information on visitors, from the total number of visitors to the ebbs and flows of likely visitors coming in by plane, train, car and cruise ship - these will include key metrics such as local visitors within key drive times, out of state visitors, international visitors and how long they are likely to stay; A breakdown…
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    Two-Way Street

    Project needs  Engineers
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    • Tom Armitage
    • Harriet Maxwell
    • Tom Flynn
    • George Oates
    The British Museum is incredibly popular, with around 6.7 million visitors in Bloomsbury every year. Online, it’s nearly triple that amount. These millions of visitors are mostly silent, and we’d like to make a project to change that to make new narratives about the collection, hopefully from diverse voices. Today, there are three core views of the British Museum’s stunning collection: * Highlights, a curated selection of 4,937 objects, * A somewhat hamstrung collection search, and * A RDF…
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    HandsUp: how family fun can drive open heritage data

    Project needs  Developers, Designers, Filmmakers
    • Members
    • Iris Schönherr
    • Irenie Wilson
    • Jon Alexander
    On one level, HandsUp is a crowdsourcing platform for heritage sites to list, and young families to find local entry-level community involvement opportunities. On another, it is a catalyst to drive an open data revolution in cultural heritage. The platform would launch in one city, with the ambition to proliferate across the UK and potentially globally. For illustration, imagine you start in Bristol - one of your listers might be Tyntesfield, a local National Trust property. They list a project…
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    The Producer - A platform for planning scavenger hunts, multi-disciplinary arts programmes, exhibitions, and school trips

    Project needs  Developers, Designers, Artists, Musicians, Filmmakers
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    • WeiHsi Hu
    The Producer is an online platform that will let you be your own multi-disciplinary arts programme producer, concert programmer, and tour planner. And of course, if you happen to be one of those programmers, producers, or planners, this will be a tool that helps you plan better programmes by accessing to the world of heritage and culture in the UK. The platform will allow you to conduct thematic search and create curated programmes or cultural-based activities by using open datasets. Themes can…
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    Toddle

    Project needs  Designers, Artists, Product Managers
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    • Stef Lewandowski
    A mobile app that helps parents of young children answer one simple question: "What shall I do with the kids this weekend?" -- This is a problem I've had for many years, and I'd have expected that by now someone would have adequately solved it. Oddly, there still isn't a decent mobile product that fits what I as a parent of young kids would like. Time with the kids is precious, and I'd love to have a wishlist of various places that I've wanted to go, cross-checked…
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    Open Cultural Data Platform

    Project needs  Developers, Designers, Writers, Product Managers, Engineers
    • Members
    • Ian Ibbotson
    • Mike Ellis
    • Nick Poole
    The aim of the project is to develop a project which provides a single point-of-access for developers wishing to make use of open datasets published by UK libraries, archives, museums and galleries. The platform will aggregate open datasets where possible, and where not possible provide documentation and links to API along with qualitative information about the data provided. While good progress has been made in encouraging cultural heritage institutions to publish their information as linked open…