Persée up #01

Warning :: the hackathon organized by Persée took place from 1st to 3rd June 2018 at the Web Tower in Lyon. This page is only intended to present the event and its results.


in a few words

As part of the OFF of the Web Conference held in Lyon this year,
Persée is organizing on June 1, 2 and 3, 2018 his 1st hackathon around the question :
“What innovative responses can be made to the specific problems of researchers and users when browsing and consulting a digital library?”

For 48 hours, 5 multidisciplinary teams around 3 challenges will invent new ways to navigate, explore, visualize the data and documents distributed on the Persée portal!


  • - Get out of the traditional logics of browsing by browsing and consulting by list of search results
  • - Exploit the richness of the documentary typology of the corpora disseminated
  • - Exploit all alignments with selected external repositories
  • - Graphically exploit the geographical information present in Persée data
  • - Enrich Persée content with external geographical information (GeoNames,...)
  • - Propose a specific device to search for illustrations in documents posted on Persée
  • - Invent a new way to visualize and contextualize these illustrations by coupling them with external resources


MyPersée Tour

Participant's prices

Customizable scientific travel guide thanks to the prior downloading of the articles present in Persée associated with the trip


"A Certain Look" award

How can general and non-specialist users be led to navigate between article pages without having to go through search results lists?


Join jury Prize

Provide users with the ability to view and explore Persée data from rdf graphs


Join jury Prize

Browse and search for documents in Persée collections using an interactive map


The Persée data made available for the hackathon is available via the triplestore >>

Type of data to download:

Other data will be made available gradually, stay connected!

To go further

The Persée portal

Persée is a national program for the digitization and dissemination of collections of scientific documents. On its portal ( more than 200 collections of journals published from 1820 to the present day are available. The portal allows a search in some metadata and text of more than 700,000 documents and 500,000 illustrations. The current search interfaces allow the use of three indexes (documents, illustrations and authors) and they are equipped with sorting, facet and other functionalities.

The triplestore

The triplestore gathers data describing the resources produced by Persée in a structured way according to the principles of the semantic web. This new entry point to all metadata offers researchers more freedom because it is possible to define corpuses corresponding to their own questioning, or to retrieve data sets. Alignments with national and international standards make it possible to question not only Persée data, but also those proposed by IdRef, DBpedia,, the Cairo Gazetteer, GBIF, etc. in a single request. Several modes of exploration are available: the sparql endpoint for insiders and the Sparklis tool for neophytes who will be able to formulate requests in natural language, without a priori knowledge of the contents and their models.


June 1, 2018

June 2, 2018

June 3, 2018

Scientific day




9:00 am: Welcome

9:30 - 10:15am : The analysis of networks in Egyptology: challenges and constraints by Vincent Chollier (doctor in Egyptology, associate researcher at the HiSoMA UMR 5189 Laboratory

The "network" is a polysemic concept widely used in the human and social sciences, especially in History. Prosopography is especially suitable for its use: "family network", "power network", "influence network", etc. But Social Network Analysis refers to the particular field of study of sociology, which emerged in the 1960s and 1970s, with its vocabulary and methods. It is largely based on graph theory, the most common type of network structure. How to identify a network? How to model it? What can we learn from his analysis? In this paper, we propose to explore the possibilities offered by the methods of Social Network Analysis, which make it possible to deepen research on ancient societies, despite the constraints inherent to the subject under study.

10:30 - 11:15am : Visual Network Analysis by Tommaso Venturini (Invited researcher @ médialab Sciences Po Paris and INRIA Advanced Research Fellow)
Networks are, without a doubt, powerful mathematical objects. And yet networks cannot be reduced to the properties of their adjacency matrix. Networks are also extremely rich visual diagrams and narrative devices. In this presentation, we will discuss these often overlooked properties and suggest some practical ways to visually explore networks.

11:30 - 12:15am: Data Visualization Design Methodologies: Design Studies and Rapid Prototyping by Romain Vuillemot (Teacher-Researcher, 
Ecole centrale de Lyon)
I will present methods and case studies of data visualization design. In particular, rapid prototyping methods and design studies to quickly generate ideas, communicate them, validate and iterate on them. I will then present the main tools and programming languages used to transform the models into high-resolution interactive visualization, especially for the web using D3.js.


2pm - 2:15pm  : Introduction,
Nathalie Fargier, Director of Persée
2:15pm - 2:45pm : Presentation of Persée portal, Hélène Bégnis and Emilie Paget
2:45 - 3:15pm : Presentation of the documentary typologies and the organisation of the collections,
Thomas Mansier
3:15pm - 3:45 pm: Presentation of Persée triplestore, Cécile Almonté
3:45pm - 4:15pm : Présentation of the data models, Viviane Boulétreau



4:30pm : Introduction, presentation of challenges, data, mentors and agenda

5:30pm : Ideation phase around the challenges, pitch of the first ideas

6:30pm : Team building and definition of each team's work focus

7:30pm : Launch cocktail


9:00 am: Welcome, breakfast

9:30 - 12:30am : Working with facilitators

12:30am - 1:30pm : Meals


1:30pm - 5:30pm : Working with facilitators

5:30pm - 6pm : Pitch rehearsal with the facilitators

6pm - 7pm : Pitch in front of the participants

7h30pm : Night work for those who wish to do so


9:00 am: Welcome, breakfast

9:30 - 12:30am : Working with facilitators

12:30am - 1:30pm : Meals


1:30pm : Crash-test

2:30pm : Finalization of prototypes

4pm : Presentation of prototypes, deliberation

5:30pm : Closing cocktail



Join us to take control of the Persée Digital Science Library


Implement, develop the prototypes !
You know how to develop for mobiles, you master desktop development or web development, you speak Sparql, rdf, javascript, java, php,...

Web or UI Design

Create efficient interfaces !
You have skills in graphic design, illustration, drawing, you speak UX design, CSS, HTML, JQUERY,...

Scientific expert

Bring some meaning or value of prototypes !
You are a geographer, historian, sociologist, philosopher, you speak Latin or Greek, you are a scientist, an enlightened amateur,...

Expected or unexpected user

Share your experience !
you use the Persée portal every day, every week, every time, sometimes you have lots of ideas for better use,...

Facilitator too !

Create link !
You know how to run a team, you like doing it together, the challenge doesn't scare

Social Network Specialist

Make your team known !

You like writing, you know how to play with social networks, you like creating a community,...


4, rue du Professeur Charles Appleton

69007 Lyon


Access to the site

  • Metro B Jean Macé (then 8 min. by foot)
  • Metro A Perrache (then 10 min. by foot)
  • Tram T1 Quai Claude Bernard (then 5 min. on foot)
  • Tram T2 Centre Berthelot (then 1 min. by foot)

On the spot

  • On-site catering throughout the hackathon
  • Possibility to sleep on site
  • Participants must come with their computer equipment
  • Wifi terminals are deployed


Anis (Annotate Team)

I am an L2 computer science student in Lille and I wanted to participate in a hackathon to learn, meet and share an experience. I particularly enjoyed working in groups, sharing knowledge, seeing other cultures and visions, making pitches and developing a prototype.

Linda (Annotate Team)

I am an L1 student in computer science in Grenoble. I registered for the Persée Hackathon to discover both Persée, his tools and data and what a hackthon is. I particularly liked the team spirit, the fact of reflecting together on an idea, being creative and discovering how to proceed to lead a project as a team.

Arnaud (Annotate Team)

I am a librarian at the Ecole Centrale de Lyon. I wanted to participate in a hackathon because I will organize an Edumix soon. I am a Persée user and I have had difficulty as a simple user. Prototyping here involves more coding. I particularly liked seeing the other side of the coin as a user.

Karl (Graph Explorer Team)

I am a doctoral student in Digital Humanity at UTC Compiègne. I like hackathons and culture and I am a regular hackathon (BNF/national archives/ Europeana/ENS). This one is quite different: the heart of the material is documents and not just data. Dataviz is a very interesting but complicated subject. I like the challenge and the fact that the audience is very diverse, which is quite rare in a hackthon.

Baptiste (Graph Explorer Team)

I am a consultant, I work in an IT services company. I am interested in the issues of data visualization and academic tools (research practices). I have already done a hackathon and the positive thing about it is that it is at the initiative of the research and in relation to its audience. I liked the spirit of sharing and the diversity of profiles and backgrounds. It was interesting to go in all directions, to refocus, which allows you to change your perspective on your own work. I am happy with the work done and having real users who have questions about the tool.

Françoise (Graph Explorer Team)

I am retired and have always worked in the field of documentary methodology, libraries and the Internet. I have a passion for these subjects and innovation in general. I want to work on the websemantics. I liked that PerséeUp looks like the Museomix events because there is the same interest. I find it interesting that we work from the position of researcher and the use of the semantic web.

David (Graph Explorer Team)

I am a DGFIP official and the tool I bring to the hackathon started with the idea of my son who wanted a robot to clean his room. The idea is therefore to create a human/RDF interface: a tool to make it easier for everyone to read a graph. The advantage is that this tool uses the same data format as Persée: the interface is already created to visualize graphs. I proposed the following idea: connect to Persée to retrieve the data via Sparql. I enjoyed the exchanges with the employees, the food, the atmosphere and the diversity of the profiles.

Marie (Geo-Persée Team)

I am a documentation officer at Persée and I participate as a Persée staff member for team spirit. I really enjoyed working in a team. It's a very good first experience. I found it very interesting to start from an idea of a prototype (looking for documents through a card) and go on to its realization.

Tina (Géo-Persée Team)

I am a 2nd year student at Epitech Besançon and I have heard about PerséeeUp from the school. It's an interesting subject even if we don't know it and I wanted to participate out of curiosity. I have already done hackathons and in this one, the'plus' was to have users with us in the teams. They were thus able to participate in improving the tool they are used to using. They explained to us how it worked, what their expectations were. I liked knowing that what I was doing was really useful and to be in a user-centered approach. It was very well organized, tall, comfortable. The facilitators were very attentive and this was the first time I had seen them.

Damien (Géo-Persée Team)

I am a doctoral student in Geography at Lyon3, a member of the Board of Directors of Muséomix, which is a partner of this 1st edition of PerseeUp. I am registered as a scientific expert and a Persée user. I wanted to see the ideas that came out in geodoc and image research that are at the heart of my thesis. I liked the atmosphere of the event, that the Persée team was there and available to discuss how the portal works, its tools and features. Thanks to this, I now have a better knowledge of Persée.

Fabien (Géo-Persée Team)

I am a doctor of archaeology and I work at Aix-Marseille University. I am a big user of Persée and I have a particular interest in images. Persée image base seems full of potential but not very exploitable in its current state. I liked the synergies that are being created, that an idea is taken up by others and made concrete by teamwork. Usually, everything takes time and ideas get out of hand. Everything here is evolving very quickly and we are getting a concrete result.

Florian (My PerséeTour Team)

I am a second-year student at Epitech. The fact of participating in a "Hackathon" in his curriculum makes me earn credits 🙂 During these 2.5 days, I learned new technologies that will be useful to me in my professional career. I really liked the topics, the atmosphere, the food and the organization was great.