Hackathon II

The topic of our second anci hackathon, networked climate images, was the result of the anci research project while also taking up the research of the international FIGO research group, which studies images of climate change from a cultural perspective. The hackathon took place on 10. to 12. September 2019 at the FH;P. As almost a year before, we started into 2,5 days of exchange and investigation with impulse lectures on the topic of climate change communication. The event on networked climate images brought together scholars of cultural and media studies with programmers, interface designers and other disciplines to explore common questions on the analysis of (climate) images on the Internet using digital analysis methods.

Once again, the objective was to gain insights into the role of (climate) images between science, politics and culture and to test interdisciplinary methods and their impact. To cover our questions, we built up a corpus which suited our research interests using our anci miner, a tool which allows us to scrape the images of specific websites and image types. We also collected images of climate change from international websites using VPN-tunneling, which were later compared with different methodologies.

The hackathon took place within the framework of the network Digital Humanities of the University of Potsdam. It was organized by our research project anci, a joint project of the University of Potsdam, Potsdam University of Applied Sciences and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation – Initiative Mixed Methods in the Humanities and by researcher network Go Figure: Visualizing Climate Change (FIGO), Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities, University of Bergen, Norway.