Project facts

Duration: 2020-05-01 - 2023-04-30
Project coordinator: University of Bologna (Italy)
Project consortium: Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna; Aalto-korkeakoulusäätiö SR; Designmuseon säätiö – Stiftelsen för Designmuseet sr; Aalborg Universitet; The Open University; Irish Museum of Modern Art Company; Gvam Guias Interactivas sl; Padoane Games sl; Universidad Complutense de Madrid; Università degli Studi di Torino; Fondazione Torino Musei; Celi SRL; University of Haifa; Consiglio nazionale delle Ricerche (ISTC, ISPC)
Funding bodies: Horizon 2020
Subject areas: Community involvement
Budget: € 3 124 131


The overall aim of the project is to foster diverse participation in the heritage domain through a process of "citizen curation". Citizens will be supported to: develop their own personal interpretations of cultural objects; work together to present their collective view of life through culture and heritage; and gain an appreciation of alternative cultural viewpoints.

Methods will be codesigned that can be used by citizen groups to produce personal interpretations of cultural objects and analyse and compare them against the interpretations of others. Tools will be developed for modelling users and groups and recommending content in a way that assists citizen groups in building a representation of themselves and appreciating variety within groups and similarity across groups to enhance social cohesion. A Linked Data infrastructure will support citizen curation using social media platforms in a way that gives heritage institutions control over rights protected digital assets and access to citizens responses to their collections. User experiences will be designed that enable inclusive participation in citizen curation activities across cultures and abilities. A series of citizen curation case studies with a diverse set of museums and citizen groups will demonstrate how the approach can promote inclusive participation and social cohesion in a variety of contexts.

Impacts & Results

Expected results are:

  • collaboration with museum professionals and citizens to design methods that can be used to develop, annotate, and share personal interpretations of cultural objects.
  • development of tools and methods to assist citizens in appreciating similarities and differences within and across community groups to build empathy and understanding.

CNR ISPC is specifically involved in the design and definition of citizen curation interfaces and modalities, exploring, at the same time, new hybrid approaches to CH, between real and virtual, remote experiences and personal engagement.