The Europeana Research Fellowship program provides financial support for the organization of events that engage academics and cultural heritage professionals to reflect on a given theme. Their work translates, for example, into reports, white papers and video interviews for the benefit of museums, libraries and archives in the process of their digital transformation. The 2021 call focused on crowdsourcing and research.
Overall, the submissions we received offered an enlightening insight into the variety of approaches to crowdsourcing alongside digital practices in Europe from the perspective of universities (46% of submissions), cultural heritage institutions (24%). ) and research institutes (16%). We were delighted to award a research grant to the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, the Estonian War Museum – General Laidoner Museum and the University of Warsaw.
During the first half of 2022, Europeana Research will work with these institutions to explore the value and reuse of data generated or enriched through crowdsourcing (also known as ‘crowdscience’), specifically examining how this can then be used in research contexts. .
In addition, Europeana Research has awarded two special prizes which will support the creation of video tutorials designed to complement digital humanities courses in higher education. They will invite university students to experiment with digital resources, practices and tools. Learn more about these events and video tutorials below.
The winning projects
Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Germany: Anthropocene objects. Collection practices for the “age of humanity”
Project manager: Dr. Elisabeth Heyne in collaboration with Ulrike Sturm and Elisa Herrmann
This proposal stems from theoretical discussions and practical work sessions on the data of an ongoing transdisciplinary European project in the natural history museums of Berlin and Paris (“Towards the Anthropocene collection”). Three workshops (digital and in-person) will feature experts working on cultural heritage archives and collections, academics focusing on the Anthropocene, and professionals working on digital and participatory practices. The workshops will address questions such as: “what is an anthropocene object? “How can it be collected and who collects it (and owns it)? “” How can it be stored and backed up? “What might future collection practices and the Anthropocene records look like?” ”While exploring the challenges of transdisciplinary, digital and participatory work with“ anthropocenic objects ”, both natural and cultural heritage.
Estonian War Museum – General Laidoner Museum: Crowdsourcing for military heritage in Estonia
Project leader: Dr Mari-Leen Tammela
It is now easier than ever for individuals to contribute collectively through different web solutions, if such opportunities are provided. However, museums are often cautious when launching crowdsourcing projects because they may not know how to manage them, or fear that the “crowd” does not have the appropriate skills. This project will address these concerns through four strands: analysis of best crowdsourcing practices implemented in Estonian museums, a training event, development of crowdsourcing plans and a follow-up seminar.
University of Warsaw, Faculty of History: Cultural Heritage Data for Crowdsourcing: Polish Perspectives on Providing Geographic Data
Project leader: Professor Francis Harvey
This project will organize a research program definition workshop that will bring together Polish institutions involved in the collection, conservation, presentation and research of historical digital geographic data from digitized maps and other sources held by the institutions. of cultural heritage. Historical map data, provided in the form of geodata, can be used in a wide range of participatory, citizen science and research activities, as well as in education and civic engagement. It is a central information resource for linking experiences and knowledge of the present with evidence from the past. The spring 2022 workshop will stimulate discussions around four themes: crowdsourcing for cultural heritage; data infrastructure guidelines and best practices; point of view of the institution; the way forward for geodata of cultural heritage in Poland.
University Museums in Scotland: Online teaching and learning with digital collections
Project leader: Dr Catherine Eagleton (University of St Andrews), in collaboration with Dr Kamila Oles (University of St Andrews), Professor Maria Economou (University of Glasgow), Neil Curtis (Aberdeen University) and Susannah Waters (Glasgow School of Art ).
With funding from the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council’s COVID-19 Emergency Program, members of the University Museums in Scotland (UMIS) group are working together on the project: Online Teaching and Learning with Digital Collections in higher education contexts. The research team identifies best practices and case studies from the past two years, in order to understand what is currently possible and what is needed next to support online teaching and learning with the collections.
These tutorials will share the results of this year-long research project, so that the international GLAM industry can learn from its findings and prepare for the post-pandemic future.
Digital AV Archives: The Webmuseum
Project manager: Ida Hiršenfelder
These tutorials will focus on knowledge transfer between institutional staff, especially in the case of large-scale digital projects. An archivist from the Museum of Modern Art plus Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova (MG + MSUM), Ljubljana, Slovenia, will focus on digital audiovisual archives, taking the Web Museum as an example. The Web Museum is designed as a repository for the storage and dissemination of digital audiovisual cultural heritage. It addresses the inventory, connection and networking of artistic practices based on media technologies. Its aim is to provide systemic assistance to non-governmental organizations by creating a common open source online interface for multiple users.
Find out more
Dates and schedules of in-person and digital events will be announced via the Europeana Pro events page, on Europeana Search Twitter Europeana Research Community account and discussion list. The results of research grants and special prizes will be published on Europeana Pro. If you would like to be the first to hear about it, you are welcome to join the Europeana research community.