This post is the fifth and final part of our reflections on the organisation of an online hack for the Will’s World project. The first post looked at the planning, the second post at the promotion , the third post at the format of the event and the fourth post at how things unfold during the hack. In this last post we look back over the hack and reflect on the experience.
Following the event we sent out an email summarising the final day to the mailing list and ensured that a blog post announced our winners. We also tried to ensure we linked to and acknowledged posts about the event – several of our participants have written about (or planned to write about) their hack experience, see Owen Stephens’ post Shakespeare as you like it.
As the Will’s World Project had drawn to an end with the hack event, any potential follow up time has been limited although connections were made between data suppliers and hack participants where there was interest in taking ideas forward. The mailing list and Google+ Community remain available to allow on-going collaboration.
This Will’s World Online Hack felt a lot like a roller coaster ride. The planning of the event was the sharp ascent with a lot to learn, organise and set up in a short time frame before the exhilarating ride that was the event itself with its share of excitement and fear at the unknown twists and turns, with a smooth and happy finale being the hack presentations. It was very enjoyable! I would do it again and urge other to do so!
Now that the daze has settled, we can reflect on what we have achieved.
The use of social media as the main support for communication helped in creating a well documented trail of the event. The event wiki, project blog, YouTube channel, Pinterest boards, Tweeter and Google+ feeds were used throughout to broadcast the event and provide a catch-up facility to the participants. They remain available after the event and act as an account of the hack. The Shakespeare Registry itself is an Open Access resource fully available to all at: http://willsworld.edina.ac.uk.
The Will’s World Hack YouTube channel has recorded 473 views spread over 15 videos:
|16 Nov 12 – 16 Dec 12||17 Dec 12 – 4 Feb 13||Total|
|Winning hack presentation||35||9||44|
|Day 1 2nd hangout||21||21|
|Day 7 hangout||20||1||21|
|Day 2 hangout||17||17|
|Day 3 1st hangout||16||16|
|Day 3 2nd hangout||15||15|
|Day 5 hangout||14||14|
|Day 4 hangout||6||6|
|Infographic hack presentation||3||2||5|
|Prize giving session||2||2|
|Day 6 hangout||1||1|
We encouraged all participants to share their experience of the hack:
We used a Google Form to capture feedback, and you told us that:
The main benefits of the Will’s World Online Hack were:
If we were to organise another online hack, what would we do differently:
We hope to continue to inspire other projects to use our data or stage their own hack event. We will share our experience of setting up an online hack format with others: a presentation was made at the University of Edinburgh MSc in E-Learning Alumni Seminar, Virtual University of Edinburgh, Second Life, on the 20 February 2013, an article has been written for the next issue of BITS, the digital magazine for Information Services at the University of Edinburgh, and guest posts for the (RSC, OKF) to share with their audience have been sought. We will keep contributing Will’s World Shakespeare Registry to future hackathon, the first of such event will be the Innovative Learning Week Hack help by the school of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh between the 18-22 February 2013.
We still have a few branded goodies to give away which will be awarded to use of the Shakespeare Registry in future hack events.