Harvard Library Hackathon: A Concept Search Engine for Literature and the Humanities
Where? Cabot Library, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA
When? March 29th at 3pm until March 30th at 3pm
What to bring? Your laptop

We're excited to announce Harvard Library's upcoming hackathon! We're convening a crack group of coders, designers, and humanities researchers from Harvard and other universities in the area to develop a concept search engine. What is concept search, you ask? It's a more sophisticated way of sifting through large collections of digitized texts - Google Books, HathiTrust, etc. You can read about it by copying this link into your browser: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concept_search. .

We'll be working with material from the period of the American Revolution, but the advances we make will be applicable to other databases in English, history, the sciences - you name it! By contributing to this project, not only will you be able to include an impressive line on your résumé, but you'll also have the chance to network with some of the best minds at Harvard and MIT, and to make a real difference to the next generation of library discovery. Not only that, did we mention there's free food?

Don't think you have the technical chops? No worries. We've outlined a number of different project activities, from branding to research testing to website development (see more on this below). If you're in the humanities, you can even test it out for your own research. The bottom line: no coding experience is required (although if you have some, it's very, very welcome).

We'll contact you closer to the date of the event with more information about the schedule, the specific working groups, how to access the data, etc.

Any other questions or comments? Contact Stephen Osadetz at osadetz@fas.harvard.edu

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