‘Hackathon’ cultural research project running in Limerick

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

The visit of the Giant Granny is sure to be among many people's highlights of the year. A team is currently logging and recording views of how the year has gone, in the public's estimation. Picture: Sean Curtin/Fusionshooters
A RESEARCH project combining staff from Limerick’s third level institutions and investigating the impact of City of Culture is taking place today.

A RESEARCH project combining staff from Limerick’s third level institutions and investigating the impact of City of Culture is taking place today.

A ‘hackathon’ for the #myculturecity research project is running in Limerick city until 7pm this evening, canvassing opinion on Limerick City of Culture.

Students and staff from participating institutions are using social media and taking to the streets to record responses from the people of Limerick on their views of the year.

The aim of the #myculturecity hackathon is to try to “capture as much information as possible from people while experiences of the City of Culture are fresh in their minds”, explained a spokesperson.

The team - consisting of staff from UL, LIT, MIC and LSAD - are operating out of the Fab Lab on Rutland Street in the city and are gathering online feedback, audio responses, and hard copy responses.

Members of the public can submit responses online, at the Fab Lab or Culture House in Pery Square, or in several other locations around town, including Canteen and the Stormy Tea Cup.

The collaborative research project between the third level institutions aims to learn from and explore the experience of the year of culture, asking the following questions, among other: “What did you do? What did you think? What would you like to see continue? What would you change?”

The #hackathon is an essential part of a broader research project which will take place throughout 2015. This will continue to explore key questions and ideas from the City of Culture year in order to make this information available for future cultural development and cultural policy in the region and on a national level.

Seperately, Limerick City of Culture has also put out an invitation to tender for a social impact study on the year.

It has advertised for the services of an “experienced and skilled contractor to undertake a social impact study on the investment in the cultural and community aspect of the 2014 programme”.

“The study will include primary benefits and secondary benefits overview, analysis and a report in the context of a value model,” it added.