This page will address logistical questions before the hackathon starts. During the hackathon, students can post questions to the HackFSM Piazza site where mentors will be able to answer them.  You can sign up for the "course" on Piazza here.


Do I need to have a team to register?

No. We welcome individual registrations and provide a designated time to meet and speak with other participants and for teams on April 1, 2014 at the Hackathon Kickoff. So don't worry about forming a team beforehand, but you are of course welcome to form a team with your friends!

Who can be on my team?

Each team may consist of up to 4 current undergraduate and/or graduate students at UC Berkeley. At least one must be a declared humanities major, or be affiliated with a humanities department (as a graduate student). This includes all departments in the Division of Arts & Humanities, as well as the History Department. Each team must have at least one computer science student (an undergraduate with a declared major in EECS, CSE or CS, or a graduate student affiliated with the CS division or the I-School.)  Up to two other team members may have any affiliation or expertise. Affiliations of members of the winning team will be verified before prizes are awarded.

I'm a humanities major, and don't know the first thing about 'hacking.' Can I still sign up?

Of course. We designed this event to offer the opportunity for students from humanities and computer science majors to learn from each other and have fun. The perspectives from humanities will also be a valuable part of the team and final judging criteria.

Here are some basic programming resources used within the digital humanities community:

The Programming Historian


Can graduate students participate?

Yes! Any currently-enrolled (Spring 2014) UC Berkeley student can participate, graduate or undergraduate.

A 12 day hackathon?  Why so long? 

While hackathons are traditionally 1 - 2 days of nonstop coding, we are using a more flexible timeframe that encourages participation and collaboration among people with a variety of backgrounds and commitments.  We would especially like to encourage first-timers who would otherwise be intimidated by the hackathon format.  

Archive / API

What format(s) will the content be in?

Images will be provided as JPGs. Text is encoded using TEI (Text Encoding Initiative).

What is the copyright / licensing status of the content?

All content available through the API will be licensed using a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike license.

Other questions

What is digital humanities at Berkeley and how can I learn more?

Digital humanities is a growing field of scholarship that engages computing practices and technologies within humanistic research, learning, and teaching. If you'd like to learn more, explore the Digital Humanities at Berkeley website. An understanding of digital humanities will be helpful in the development of your team entry and the final judging criteria. For further reading about Digital Humanities, see a curated list of readings from the Berkeley Digital Humanities Working Group.

Where can my team and I work during the hackathon?

Students are welcome to meet and work together in the Collaboratory space at D-Lab in 350 Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley campus Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM, on a first come first serve basis. Other designated Hackathon Team Spaces will be made available and announced here in the following weeks.


#HackFSM was a one-time event held in April 2014. The winning site is now available. A white paper on #HackFSM has also been published, with practical information for other libraries that are interested in holding hackathons.