Bonum Certa Men Certa

Anzacathon: a hackathon for Anzac day at home

posted by Roy Schestowitz on Apr 11, 2024

[Article 3 years old]

Reprinted with permission from Daniel Pocock.

With Coronavirus cancelling many of the major events for Anzac Day this year and the RSL asking people to go online, I found myself in a position to help, having just organized an online event for groups in Kosovo on Remembrance Day.

The Anzacathon was born.

How did we get here?

Students from Kosovo first approached me in Kotor, Montenegro, at the Digital-Born Media Carnival. They asked if I could support their Hackathon for Girls in Prizren a few weeks later. Twenty-five young women participated. I helped the organizers, Albiona and Qendresa Hoti, to devise tasks for them, including some scraping and data pipelines:

Dhurata Kamberi

In 2018, three of these students were selected for Google Summer of Code. I went to visit them for a few days at the beginning of the program, we had a daily scrum meeting in a coffee shop which is, coincidentally, located beside the British memorial in Prishtina.

Being based in Europe, around Anzac Day each year I typically look for any events or Anzac sites nearby. Many Australians descend on Gallipoli and the Australian National Memorial in France, the latter being very accessible for ex-pats in the UK. Last year I had asked myself: are there any sites where there is only one Australian casualty, where nobody has visited them for Anzac day?

Searching the alpine region around me on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, I was curious to find a number of local sites. The lone Australian war grave did exist, in fact, he died alongside the most senior RAF officer killed in the war and I decided to go there later in the year, when the snow had gone. In the Jura, I found another site where a RAAF crew died on a top-secret mission to the French resistance. A local photographer had published a gallery of photos: the French had just replaced the crash monument ahead of the 75th anniversary of the crash.

At SFK in 2019 (this year's event postponed/cancelled due to Coronavirus), I met Douglas Arellanes from the Mural project. Arellanes gave a very thorough workshop about the Mural software and the concepts of digital storytelling in general. It occurred to me that this would be a great tool to document the stories of these Australians.

In November, I was encouraged to make another visit to Kosovo for a number of activities, including the latest Prishtina Toastmasters meeting. As the meeting was on 11 November, Remembrance Day and as some of the students had attended Arellanes's workshop on Mural, I suggested we could bring these themes together for another hackathon.

Remembrance Day Hackathon, Prishtina, Kosovo

We could see various synergies between the legacy of the Commonwealth countries and the needs of the Kosovan participants. As Kosovo has only recently had a war, it would be useful for them to see how Commonwealth countries have continued to commemorate war casualties over many generations. This could provide insights for Kosovans as they record and preserve their own history and experiences. Furthermore, as Albanian Kosovans have very distinctive names, it would be a very easy data matching activity to try and identify all the people with Albanian names who had served in the armed forces of any Commonwealth country, including the UK and Australia.

The Prizren hackathon had been entirely for programmers. For the Remembrance Day hackathon, we decided to include research activities for people who don't do programming as well as some data science activities. As I had recently looked at some of the data sources for my own research, it provided a solid base for me to prepare some coding tasks.

Once again, scraping was one of the major themes and that is how we have so many data sets for the Anzacathon.

The winners of the Remembrance Day hackathon, Leotrime Maxharraj and Xhejdi Coku, had created another Mural site for John Goddard, VK6JG, who perished in Operation Thesis, Crete. The honour roll of the Wireless Institute of Australia was one of the lists we used as a basis for the research.

Please remember to stay home and join the Anzacathon for Anzac day this year.

Other Recent Techrights' Posts

linuxsecurity.com Still At It! 98% Probability Chatbot Generated, According to GPTZero!
"The Internet is mostly made by AI... but that's ok, it's all being deleted anyway."
 
KDE Neon Weirdness
Reprinted with permission from Ryan Farmer
Congratulations to Sirius Open Source, Still Claiming to Employ People Who Left Half a Decade Ago (or More!)
What signal does that send to con men?
[Meme] Bluewashing
Cent OS? No more.
IRC Proceedings: Thursday, May 23, 2024
IRC logs for Thursday, May 23, 2024
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news for the past day
Tenfold Increase for ChromeOS+GNU/Linux in Brunei
Brunei Darussalam is a country most people don't know about and never even heard about
Coming Soon: Another Round of 'Cancel Stallman' Chorus
The series required a great deal of patience
Links 23/05/2024: SeekOut Collapsing and Why Microsoft Probably Isn’t Going to Buy Valve
Links for the day
Gemini Links 23/05/2024: The Allure of Vinyl
Links for the day
Links 23/05/2024: Apple Responds to Streaming Music Fine, DOJ to Sue Live Nation
Links for the day
Links 23/05/2024: UK General Election and Archival
Links for the day
[Video] 3 Major Issues in Nationwide, Including (Potentially) a Major Data Breach
'electronic-bank' security has become the joke of the town
[Meme] Pointing Out Corruption Isn't a "Hate Crime"
The European Commission's reflexive (re)action to any sort of doubt or criticism
More Evidence in "iLearn AI Day" (a Buzzwords Festival) That EPO Intends to Eliminate Staff and Deviate Further Away from Fairness, Law, and Constitutions (Including Its Own!)
The EPO is a very potent danger to Europe's unity and the very concept of lawfulness. It exists to serve international monopolists and patent lawyers.
Microsoft's Windows Has Fallen Below 3% in Democratic Republic of the Congo (100+ Million Citizens)
Microsoft's sharp fall in Congo
The Real Reason Censorship is Attempted Against Us (and Against Others Too)
Microsoft's Windows market monopoly was in trouble
You Are Not The Only One
Reprinted with permission from Cyber Show (C|S)
GNU/Linux in Monaco: From 0.3% to Almost 6%
Monaco is a small country
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news for the past day
IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, May 22, 2024
IRC logs for Wednesday, May 22, 2024
Microsoft Has Lost Cote D'ivoire (Ivory Coast), Where Android Now Exceeds 60% of the Operating Systems' 'Market Share'
According to statCounter anyway
The Rumour Said Later Today Red Hat (IBM) Might Announce Layoffs
Let's see what happens later today (or next week)
Governments That Fail Journalism
Australia is known for giving us pure garbage like Rupert Murdoch
Windows Has Fallen From 'Grace'
When you tell people that Microsoft watches their every move in Windows many of them will freak out and ask for alternatives
Serbia: GNU/Linux at Almost 4% (or Beyond if ChromeOS is Counted)
considerable growth for GNU/Linux
Links 22/05/2024: China in Other Countries' Islands, Growing Threat of Piracy
Links for the day
Gemini Links 22/05/2024: Freedom Through Limitation, Cloud Photos
Links for the day
Canonical Supports Monopoly
more of the same
A farewell to Finland, an occupied territory
Finland, Finland, Finland
Links 22/05/2024: "Copilot+" as Mass Surveillance and Microsoft Defying Consent in Scarlett Johansson's Case
Links for the day
[Meme] Escalating After Failures
4 stages of cancel culture
Red Hat Had 2+ Days to Deny Reports of Impending Layoffs. But Red Hat Chose to Keep Silent.
Red Hat DOES NOT deny layoffs on the way
Microsoft-Connected Person Was Threatening to Sue Me and to Sue My Wife (Because His Feelings Were Hurt After Had He Spent More Than a Decade Defaming Me and Violating My Family's Dignity, Privacy)
litigation was chosen and we shall defend everything we wrote
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news for the past day
IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, May 21, 2024
IRC logs for Tuesday, May 21, 2024
Attempts to Sink the Free Software Movement (Under the Guise of Saving It)
We can see who's being drowned
Czech Republic: Windows Down From 98% to 43%, GNU/Linux Rises to Over 3%
modest gains for GNU/Linux
Links 22/05/2024: Pixar Layoffs and More Speculation About Microsoft Shutdowns/Layoffs (Ninja Theory)
Links for the day
Microsoft-Connected Sites Trying to Shift Attention Away From Microsoft's Megabreach Only Days Before Important If Not Unprecedented Grilling by the US Government?
Why does the mainstream media not entertain the possibility a lot of these talking points are directed out of Redmond?