Changing People's Views on Using Data

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THIS month's CultureCode hack will be see digital and cultural professionals dig through mounds of data like a puppy in an allotment.

But 24 hours is a long time, so organiser Codeworks has also put on a few distractions for those who aren't coding their fingers into twiglets.

The event - which runs from noon next Saturday (March 24) to noon the next day - will feature a "coding for beginners" session with Paul King, and there will also be screenings of films through the night from around 11pm.

The main aim of the CultureCode Hack will be to show cultural organisations and artists what can be done with their data, and developers will be working throughout the night to create interesting things with the goodies that such groups bring to the Tyneside Cinema with them.

"We're hoping to change a few people's views on what can come from opening up their data", said Codeworks head of sector development Joeli Brearley.

There's also a line-up of seminars which will run alongside the hack. This will start with an introduction to intellectual property with Matthew Rippon, and will also include a talk on the ~Flow Project by Tom Higham, a seminar on copyright and "painting by data" from Janet Davis, and an interview with Christian Payne, known to his many online followers as Documentally. …