Multiplier event: Leuven, 19 May 2023

Statue of Rembrecht Dodoens, famous physician and botanist in the 16th century, in the botanic garden of Leuven. Botanical gardens are traditional places to share scientific insights with the general public. Ph. by Fred Truyen.
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Citizen Heritage: can citizen science contribute to the CH challenges of today?

Conference programme
Hybrid event in Leuven, Irish College Leuven (Grand Auditorium) and online

09.30 – 10.00 Registration and coffee

10.00 – 10.20 Introduction to the Citizen Heritage project (prof. Fred Truyen, KU Leuven) – PDF

10.20 – 10.40 Citizen Enhanced Open Science in Cultural Heritage – Review and analysis of practices in Higher Education (Katerina Zourou, Web2Learn) – PDF

10.40 – 11.00 CrowdHeritage: A crowdsourcing platform for enriching cultural metadata (Spyros Bekiaris, National Technical University of Athens)

11.00 – 11.20 Development and testing of participatory approaches on the field (Marco Rendina, European Fashion Heritage Association) – PDF

11.20 – 11.40 New Cultural Participation Framework (Prof. Trilce Navarrete and Dr. Valeria Morea, Erasmus University Rotterdam) – PDF

11.40 – 12.00 Culture values, participation and co-creation: the UNCHARTED project (Dr. Antonella Fresa, Photoconsortium) – PDF

12.00 End of the conference

Workshop programme

In presence activity, Irish College Leuven, Grand Auditorium and small conference room

In this workshop, we introduced participants in the FAIR principles for Citizen Science and the elements that need to be in place to make sure citizen contributions are integrated according to scientific best practices as well as ethical standards. The workshop focused on sharing experiences and a discussion about what are realistically achievable approaches to improve crowdsourcing activities in the heritage sector in this regard. How and when can citizens intervene contributively in the heritage guardianship process? How can these contributions be recognized and valorised? Participants worked together in groups on specific themes such as recognition, authorship, co-curation.


  • 13.00 – 13.30 Introduction: “Workshop: crowdsourcing and Citizen Science: a happy marriage?” (Prof. Fred Truyen, Roberta Pireddu, Sofie Taes, KU Leuven)
  • 13.30 – 15.00 Workshop Part 1
  • 15.00 – 15.15 Break
  • 15.15 – 16.45 Workshop Part 2 – hands on (parallel) sessions, with students of Cultural Studies and Digital Humanities
  • 16.45 – 17.00 Conclusion and final remarks (Prof. Fred Truyen, KU Leuven)

After the workshop, a Transnational Project Meeting for the Citizen Heritage partners only followed.

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