For the first time as far as anyone can remember,
on a cold and damp London day,
a group of souls with a weekend to spare,
gathered to plot on History Hack Day.
As far as we know, no governments were overthrown this past weekend, and the Queen is still on her throne. But a lot of fun was had by throwing together a group of history buffs with a group of web geeks, to see if they could come up with any new and innovative insights, visualizations, and applications from the wealth of history data out there in the world.
History Hack Day is the latest in a series of events that highlight a growing appetite for subject-matter hack days. It follows the format of the successful Science Hack Days, which took place in London and San Francisco in 2010. I expect to see a lot more of these popping up, as it's hard to think of a subject that wouldn't be suitable for a Hack Day. Sports Hack Day? Yes!; Finance Hack Day? Why not?!; Celebrity Hack Day? Well, maybe.
Big thanks to Matt Patterson forRead More »from History Hack Day – It was, therefore it now isn’t!