Rode Imaging Event / Hackathon

May 10, 2014
The Art Museum of Estonia (KUMU) is looking for clever ways to bring the art of Hermen Rode to a wider audience. For thus, one of the best reserved medieval churches, St Nicholas Church in Tallinn is holding a hackathon event to put the information of the artist's work into a wider digital context and to carry out technical research. 

Date: May 17-18, 2014

Venue: St Nicholas Church, Tallinn

The event is inspired by the conservation project of the medieval altarpiece by Hermen Rode, in Tallinn St Nicholas church. The conservation project has given an excellent opportunity to carry out thorough technical research, to compare the results of other works attributed to Hermen Rode and to put the information in a wider context. In order to bring together, contextualise and visualize the information received by means of technical and / or art historical research, there is a plan to unify data sources into one documentation format using the modern imaging technologies.


We need developers and designers to build; and researchers, cultural heritage specialist and general public to give ideas what to build.


It could be app for wider audiences, or a tool for researcher. It could be a workflow for doing specific documentation task in new way. Or it could be image processing algorithm to analyze images.As two days is a very short time, we hope that some of our ideas will take a form of the collaboration project we can work together after the event.

Some initial ideas

There are many ideas that can be done and there will definitely be more after two days listening to talks and learning about different technologies.

  • App for seeing through the altar
  • Altar has 3 different positions, it is fully open only three times a year. Also seeing the under drawings (taken with IR camera) would be fun as well.
  • Mapping and visualising pigments and chemical components
  • We have XRF dataset which tells us the chemical composition of pigments. We can compare the value range we have and convert them to RGB so we can overlay it to the whole image. Visualising pigments and chemical components would be very useful output.
  • Data management system for research data
  • System which could include images, RTI and 3D datasets  and link them together

Datasets we have

  • photographs of the altar – historical and contemporary
  • IR photographs of the altar (taken with converted SLR)
  • some UV photographs of the altar
  • photo sequences taken manually for stitching
  • photo sequences taken with Gigapan
  • IR photo sequences taken manually for stitching
  • IR photo sequences taken with Gigapan
  • RTI datasets
  • XRF samples data

Hardware/equipment to use

  • SLR camera
  • Converted SLR multispectral camera
  • Gigapan tripod head
  • Possibly laser scanner
  • Tachymeter
  • Microscope with the camera


  • Agisoft Photoscan Pro
  • Autopano Giga
  • IIP image server
  • RTI software
  • Meshlab

Hackathon support

  • Martin Verrev (Littlebit / startup lead)
  • Vahur Puik (Ajapaik)

Other practicalities

  • We have internet connection, but don’t expect massive bandwidth
  • Coffee, biscuits and food for lunch is provided
  • The building is open for general public, but we will have our own space
  • Doors are open until 22:30 on Saturday and 18:00 on Sunday (can be discusses though)
  • Free admission
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Comments: 1

  • Hembo May 12

    He, the registration link above does not work. Right one is

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