Open Cultural Data in Citizen Science

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text by Mariana Ziku.

The workshop “Open Cultural Data in Citizen Science” was successfully hosted at the Open Belgium 2021 on March 17, as part of the publication activities of the CitizenHeritage project (2020-2023), organised by Web2Learn with speakers Katerina Zourou, Mariana Ziku, Frederik Truyen, Susanna Ånäs and mediator Susan Hazan. The workshop discussed citizen science practices in the cultural heritage field, in light of open science, through presentations and a roundtable discussion.

Katerina Zourou, Ph.D., director of Web2Learn introduced the workshop with an overview of the expected results of the CitizenHeritage study conducted by Web2Learn. Mariana Ziku, PhD candidate, research associate at Web2Learn, presented “a review of practices of Higher Education engagement in citizen enhanced open science in the area of cultural heritage”. This is the first output of the CitizenHeritage project, outlined here, which will be fully released in July 2021.

Professor Frederik Truyen, Professor at KU Leuven, discussed the “user requirements, guidelines and methodologies for cultural heritage institutions and universities”, presenting citizen science initiatives related to Europeana.

Susanna Ånäs, project director at Open Knowledge Finland, presented the “Hack4OpenGLAM initiative” and invited the public to take part in the survey for the next event, to be found here.

Finally, Dr Susan Hazan, Emeritus, Senior Curator of New Media and Head of the Internet Office at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Chair of the European Network Association (ENA), moderated the roundtable, initiating the discussion with her personal citizen science experience as a participant in the Europeana Collection Days.

All slides can be found also here.

 

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