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This month saw the wrap up of Coding da Vinci Niedersachsen 2020 - the latest (10th!) edition of the cultural data hackathon co-founded by Wikimedia Germany, the German Digital Library, the Research and Competence Center Digitalization Berlin (digiS), and Open Knowledge Foundation Germany. After a 12-week sprint phase the final projects were presented. Highlights included the FabSeal team's impressive project to reconstruct (and print) 3D models from 2D photos of wax seals bearing traditional family crests from the North East of Germany - a dataset held by the Göttingen State and University Library. Team Herzog VR August created a virtual reality reconstruction of the Herzog August Library in Wolfenbüttel (which in the 17th century was home to the largest book collection in the country) where you can page through rare illuminated medieval manuscripts on display on a giant interactive reading wheel. The next stop for Coding da Vinci will be in Schleswig-Holstein, kicking off in April this year.
FabSeal: 3D-printed reconstructions of the original stamps from photos of a collection of traditional family seals
Herzog VR August: playing with illuminated manuscripts in virtual reality