Three scholarship projects for CdV Nieder.Rhein.Land 2021

By Andrea Lehr (Coding da Vinci)

The experts jury met and awarded a total of four scholarships to projects that emerged from the Cultural-Hackathon CdV Nieder.Rhein.Land 2021. With the support of the scholarships, funded by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation), work on three prototypes can continue within coming months.

The jury, which changes at each hackathon, and was selected by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes, the Coding da Vinci founders as well as the regional event team, was made up of:

Fabian Beiner, creative, curious and digital.He works as a "Creative Technologist" in the field of innovation at STAR COOPERATION GmbH in Berlin.

David Weigend, ° Head of Education and Participation at the Futurium in Berlin. His passion is the development of new learning and interaction formats.

Julia Kern, ° QA Engineer at 365FarmNet, likes OpenSource and OpenData not only for agriculture and traffic simulations like MATSim.

The current projects once again underline the diverse approaches with which Coding da Vinci participants approach the provided data sets.

Die Jury bei ihrer virtuellen Sitzung, Coding da Vinci, CC BY 4.0
The jury at their virtual session, Coding da Vinci (CC BY 4.0)

The two-person team working on the "Bilderbazar" set out to extract images from the historical magazine "Der Bazar", a "women's newspaper" popular in the second half of the 19th century, from the data set using machine learning and to provide them with meta data. This project perspective is particularly interesting for research. In a second development step, which will appeal to larger target groups, it should be possible to project automatically cut images of fashion, furniture and accessories into a virtual paper theater.

So könnte das Papiertheater mit Abbildungen aus dem "Bazar" aussehen, Frank Horlitz, CC BY 3.0
This is what the paper theater with illustrations from the "bazaar" could look like, Frank Horlitz (CC BY 3.0)

Thus, one can get a more accurate idea of living conditions in civil society during the publication period of the magazine. "Paper has never been more alive!" commented the jury.

Mit den "Karten für Zeitreisende" lassen sich historische Städtetouren organisieren, Constantin Litvak, CC BY-SA 4.0
Historical city tours can be organized with the "Maps for Time Travelers", Constantin Litvak (CC BY-SA 4.0)

The mobile app "Maps for Time Travelers" compiles information and images on the sights of the city of Cologne in the form of tour maps. The routes provide interested Cologne residents and city tourists with a digital, interactive and individual travel guide. A low-threshold content management system should allow Kultur- und Gedächtnisinstitutionen (cultural and memorial institutions) to easily feed and update data provided by them. The jury was enthusiastic about the OpenSource approach. Nothing stands in the way of using it in other cities.

Eine neue Art der Visualisierung soll im Projekt "Pallenberg-Dias" erreicht werden, Pia Mennemeier, CC BY 4.0
A new type of visualization shall be achieved in the "Pallenberg-Dias" project, Pia Mennemeier (CC BY 4.0)

The connection between VR experience and illustration is provided by the project "Pallenberg Slides - an illustrated VR experience". The plan is to set up a VR station that will allow museum visitors to immerse themselves in the studio and working world of animal sculptor Josef Pallenberg. His work is documented on 863 glass slides, which were digitised by the Aquazoo Löbbecke Museum. The scholarship holder relies on the mutually reinforcing effects of drawing and VR - quite an experimental approach that the jury has been following.

The scholarships include financial support for living expenses over a period of three months and also enables participation in a series of coaching sessions, some of which are standardized and some tailored to project development. Latter serve to provide the scholarship holders with additional skills and competencies to advance their projects.

Funded in the Cultural Digital program of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes. Funded by Commissioner of the Federal Government for Culture and Media.