2nd Swiss Open Cultural Data Hackathon

Abstract: The last two days I participated in a public event called “hackathon“. First of all, I will prevent a brief summary of what a hackathon is, for all of you who have never attended one. And second I will sum up our work of the last two days and stress out the fantastic results. Hope you enjoy the read!

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Bachelor-Thesis T-101. About Prototyping

Abstract: In this short article I will discuss the basic principle and advantages of prototyping for the general design process. And maybe – just maybe – I will provide some insight into my current state of work. 😉

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Weekly Pages #4

Weekly Page: Süddeutsche Zeitung | S-Bahn in Szene gesetzt

Languages: German

Explanation: Two years ago I participated in a media informatics course which should improve our project competence with multimedia projects. In 2013, the S-Bahn in Munich celebrated their 40th anniversary. So our goal as photographers was to go out and to shoot some amazing pictures of everything which might be related to the S-Bahn: trains, stations, people working over their, landscape, rails, escalators. This really has been an amazing chance, as usually you are not allowed to take pictures on the station. And we had a couple of days to look for stunning views and to experiment with different situations.

In the end our images were magnified and publicly auctioned, supporting a social project by German actor Jutta Speidel. Quite an event just for some ECTS and gaining project competence, isn’t it?

Just one last addition: All of us took several beautiful pictures and we reviewed all of them to find out the best ones. But in the end Deutsche Bahn or rather the co-working PR department chose the final pics. I have no idea about why they chose those pictures and left out some of the most brilliant ones. Nontheless, customer’s the boss, right? It’s a pity I am not allowed to show my very own pictures to you right here, but at least I did one single shot which is completely stunning to me.

How I Got There: Well, obviously I am part of this article, right? I did not even recognise it. I was working at the Egyptological Institute when someone came in and told me that I would be in press. Again. Still it’s pretty cool to read your own name in public. I could get used to it. 😉

Bachelor-Thesis T-140. The challenge is on.

17th June 2015. Today I submitted my registration for a bachelor thesis in media informatics. It took me quite some time to find a topic, but in the end I succeeded. And this topic really seems to have been made for me! In my thesis I will try to find a proper way to visualise the metadata which is stored in photographs, like the recording time, geolocational information, technical data about camera and lens, aperture and focal distance etc. There is a whole bunch of information saved in these images, but usually we don’t read them all.

But if you love taking pictures, just like I do, maybe one day you will have some questions on your images. Is there a particular time, some specific equipment, are there special settings on your camera which provide better pictures? Is there any chance to find out more about your personal behavior as a photographer? Is it even possible to recognise your pictures just by analysing the metadata? Or could they give you some hint about the equipment you should bring along next time? Is there some equipment you never use? Or even some you should never use again?

As you can see, the work will consist of two aspects: some graphical programming to present the metadata for a set of images in a nice, intuitive way. Buzzword: usability. Thus I will have to implement some server-client architecture, the server to analyse and process the metadata and the client to enter the images and to show the visualisation. The other aspect would be some statistical approach to read more information out of your pictures. Statistics really *can* reveal the deeper dependencies of numbers. Yet I don’t know whether or not there will be a positive outcome – is it really possible to recognise a photographer by his metadata? Of course without just reading the “author”-section of an image. 😉

140 days. FunFact: In 9 days, on 26th June 2015, it’ll be 2 years since my last “final examination” at university. Back then in 2013 I had my oral exams in Egyptology. Seems to be a good foundation for the next step. 😉

The place where you are happy is #dahoam15

In my scientific life I have been to a couple of conferences. Most of them were about Egyptology, as you can imagine. Important people speaking about recent archaeological excavations, presenting new theoretical work or showing off their newest corpora of papyri and other amazing stuff made by the Ancient Egyptians. Nothing is better than to visit such gatherings of scientists. This is the time and place to gain information about the current state of the art in your specific subject and to meet other people loving your favorite topics.

Today I have been to a developers conference – the Daho.am. Not much of an English name, but nonetheless very international: Bavarian. Let me give you a brief summary of this amazing event and my feelings about it.

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[GER] Wie man gute Führungen hält und Leute begeistert

Der Besuch eines Museums kann ganz schön anstrengend sein. Die meisten dieser kulturellen Erziehungseinrichtungen erstrecken sich heutigentags über zahlreiche Säle und Räume. Darin stehen dicht an dicht Kultur und Kunst, Statuen und Bilder, Erinnerungen und Ausblicke in die Zukunft. Zusammen verdichten sich all diese Artefakte zu einem bestimmten Thema. Im Deutschen Museum in München beispielsweise gibt es Räume zu Motoren, zu Schiffen, zu Astrophysik, zu Chemikalien – ein breites Spektrum unterschiedlichster technischer Themen. Andere Häuser sind in ihrer Ausrichtung schon weitaus spezialisierter – die Pinakotheken zum Beispiel mit ihren fantastischen Sammlungen bildender Kunst. Oder mein Stammhaus, das Staatliche Museum Ägyptischer Kunst, das – nomen es omen – die Kunst und Kultur der Alten Ägypter für die Besucher parat hält. In diesen Sammlungen steckt nicht nur viel Geld, sondern auch Energie, Zeit und Hirnschmalz. Denn es ist mitunter gar nicht so einfach, komplexe Themen für den Besucher verständlich aufzubereiten.

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The Passion of Gaming

Little something for you – as this is a very long article (and I know very well that reading such long articles on screen is not easy), I tried my best to make some proper audio record. Please excuse some little misreading at the end – the whole text has been recorded at once, I did not want to correct it. At least, now it is much more human. The record is about 21 minutes. I hope, you enjoy my thoughts, textual or auditive. 😉

The Passion of Gaming – Download (MP3)

Today, I will share a little secret with you. Are you ready for it? Yes? But you have to promise to read on, whatever might happen. You might be shocked, you might be trembling in fear, but I count on you reading on. Do you really think, you could do that? Yeah? Okay, I have warned you. Remember it. Deal is deal. Do not disappoint me. So here it comes, my very personal secret, just for you. I have to confess that I am a little bit nervous. Telling secrets is so exciting. Gimme a second to take a deep breath. Okay. Did you ever have to confess something? To come out with something? Did you ever have to feel these very few seconds when you have to decide whether to tell or not to tell? And you have no idea about the reactions. Will they hate you? Will they accept you? Will they support you? That is the way I’m feeling right now. But you promised to stay with me. I trust you. I am ready. Here you go.

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Code for München – Open Hack Day

After having participated in the app@night hackathon last week (they call themselves the largest hackathon in all Europe, by the way, even though I do not have any possibility to verify that) I found another interesting event to show up the next weeks. It is called “Code for München – Open Hack Day” and will last just one day. The goal: create some mobile or web application using big data and concerning one of the most beautiful cities in the world – Munich. Again there were no restrictions like required programming abilities, each team would possibily need some creative heads as well, not only those coders able to realize everything. Though I am not quite sure if I already meet the requirements to build up nice and useful applications from scratch in just a few hours, I am really into the idea writing algorithms and programmes to ease up oder improve life in Munich via small digital helpers. So let’s be curious about the outcome! Of course I will inform you in detail afterwards. The event will be at the Kunstpark on Saturday, November 29th.

Good commentary appreciated, but the bad one…

No, the headline is not expected to evoke any (positive) commentaries under my articles. Even though I appreciate every single snippet of your opinions and I do even more love to discuss with you about particular topics. Why that? Because commentary – and thus feedback – is really important for anybody who is producing creative work and sending it out into the world. All these craftspeople (as far as not having been replaced by machines yet) know about their work’s value because of the amount of customers buying their products. If many people tend to buy your things, you must have done something perfectly well. If there are not so many people taking care of you and your crafting, you should try switching to another job.

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Review: the app@night hackathon at LMU

Two days ago I wrote about the app@night hackathon at LMU Munich which I was about to participate in. There was no chance for me to write something in the meantime, so let me briefly sum up and discuss the last two and a half days.

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