Gallen-Kellala Museum, Finland

Project summary: The Gallen-Kallela Museum is a small cultural historical museum dedicated to preserving and keeping relevant the heritage of the well-known Finnish artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865–1931). The GallenKallela hackathon was a two-day “hack marathon” in February 2015 during which a group of interested people worked together to create a series of digital responses to Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s heritage, making use of the
museum’s collections and digitised collections information. The event included out of hours visits in the castle-like museum Tarvaspää, guided tours to the permanent exhibitions, familiarising themselves with the museum’s information assets behind the scenes, and good catering.The event produced a number of different outputs: new Wikipedia entries, a graphic novel, a mobile application and a piece of research. The outputs were participant led. The event was cost-effective yet meaningful for the participants. The museum was supported by a number of external partners including Hack Your Heritage – Hack4fi, Open Knowledge Finland, AvoinGLAM
working group and Wikipedia Suomi.