Program and speakers

Ånglokomotiv vid Salutorget. Foto Gustaf Sandberg. Ur boken Helsingfors i ord och bild. Utgiven av Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland, 2012.

Newsletter #2

Welcome to the seminar (February 5, 2015) and a hackathon (February 6–8, 2015) about citizen history and cartography! The events are organized by Wikimedia Finland in collaboration with the City of Helsinki! Wiki Loves Maps hackathon is part of the Hack4FI event.

Registration deadline for #Hack4FI is January 29!
(You still have time to consider the seminar)

Seminar 5.2.2015

The seminar will bring into focus location-based projects from near and far, and discuss citizen participation in gathering and interpreting cultural heritage. The language of the seminar is English.

9.00 Coffee

9.30 Working together

  • Welcome. Presenting Historical Aleksanterinkatu.
  • Introduction by Lars Lundqvist, Riksantikvarieämbetet, Sweden
  • Showcase of GLAM* projects with Wikimedia from Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Estonia.

11.00 Case studies

  •, Juuso Lehtinen, Apps4Finland winner 2014
  • Historical aerial images from the metropolitan area, Arend Oudman
  • Use of Augmented Reality for presenting historical environments, Timo Korkalainen, Technology Research Center, University of Turku
  • Ajapaik/Timepatch – gamified crowdsourcing of geotags for historic photographs, Vahur Puik, Estonia, Europeana Open Innovation Challenges winner
  • Keynote Peter NeubauerMapillary, Sweden

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Maps hackathons & other innovations

15.00 DIY History

* GLAM = Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums.


Maptime‘s mission is to open the doors of cartographic possibility to anyone interested in map creation using mapping tools and technologies. Inspiration for Maptime comes from both hack nights and knitting circles. Both are models of spaces for people to create and learn together. Some people are experts, and some people are just getting started, but all are learning, so why not do it together? Bert Spaan from Waag Society will present Maptime Amsterdam.

Let’s put up MaptimeHEL!

#Hack4FI hackathon 6.–8.2.2015

The Wiki Loves Maps hackathon is arranged in the context of the #Hack4FI hackathon, organized by AvoinGLAM network.

Friday 6.2. 9.00–20.00

9.00 Breakfast

9.30 Welcome

  • Welcome by the Ministry of Education and Culture
  • Word from the organizers, AvoinGLAM
  • Presenting tracks and materials

13.15 Working starts

Saturday 7.2. 10.00–20.00

Working all day

  • Wiki Loves Maps Hack School lessons
  • Working on projects

Sunday 8.2. 10.00–18.00

16.00 Project presentations

Kauppatorin rantaa. Sakari Pälsi. Helsinki City Museum 1910. CC BY-ND 4.0

Kauppatorin rantaa. Sakari Pälsi 1910. Helsinki City Museum. CC BY-ND 4.0

The hunt for Aleksi images is on!

We are looking for images from around Aleksanterinkatu for making experiencing history exciting. Openly licensed images are key to make it happen. Images can be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons when they are inpublic domain or they are licensed with CC BY-SA or more permissive licenses.

We are listing Aleksanterinkatu photographs, paintings, books and stuff in theMaterials page.

Link materials to our Trello page, upload to Wikimedia Commons or let us know: we can help you sort them out!

Join the hackathon!

Participate in a project. You can also start a project and invite participants to join on the Wiki Loves Maps Trello pages!

Propose a lesson to the Wiki Loves Maps Hack School!

Do you master a skill or a technique that will be useful to the other participants? Perhaps a piece of software or a technology. Propose a lesson! We will reserve a classroom and make a curriculum. All hackathon participants will be able to participate!

More info

Twitter, Instagram #wikilovesmaps
Facebook event


Participation in the events is free. Register and reserve your seats!


The newsletter will have 2 more issues before the event and 1–2 after. The articles will be posted in the Wikimaps blog and in the Wiki Loves Maps pages.

Wiki Loves Maps is organized by Wikimedia Suomi ry together with the City of Helsinki. The event is part of the Wikimaps Nordic project, supported by the Nordic Culture Fund. We additionally thank for collaboration with Forum Virium,AvoinGLAM and the Ministry of Education and Culture.

How to get there

Further instructions and details will be found at the website and in a reminder mail sent to all registered participants.

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