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Invited talk at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Citizen science initiatives in the cultural heritage sector: insights into open cultural data”  was the topic of the talk Katerina Zourou gave as invited speaker at a webinar organised by the Brussels office of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

We would like to thank Mrs Alexandra Angeletaki, Senior Adviser, NTNU Brussels office, for her kind invitation.


Citizen science — active public involvement in scientific research — is growing bigger, more ambitious, and more networked and supports the open science ideal through open knowledge circulation and open data (Irwin, 2018; European Commission, 2020).

The presentation discusses the concept of citizen science as a participatory research methodology in cultural heritage and reviews good practices in creating and communicating open cultural data in citizen science initiatives.

A sample of 25 practices of European Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM) that we analysed between December 2020 and March 2021 (cf. CitizenHeritage project) will be presented through the following nine dimensions of openness: Open access; Open data; Open metadata; Open metrics; Open-source software/hardware (use or development); Open access results; Open file formats, Open datasets and Open documentation. The analysis will take the form of data visualisations for the public. This presentation contributes to the understanding of barriers and enablers in the documentation of tangible and intangible cultural heritage in participatory, citizen-enhanced ways.

Link to the abstract