7. Citizen science and humanities

Parallel session | Chairperson: Margaret Gold | Monday, 07 September 2020 | 15:30-16:30

15:30-15:45  |  7.1 Public participation in humanities research: early citizen science on the example of the DBÖ collection

Author/s: Thomas Palfinger, Enrique Senabre Hidalgo, Eveline Wandl-Vogt and Barbara Piringer

Presenter: Eveline Wandl-Vogt

15:45-16:00  |  7.2 Reaching the limits of co-creation in citizen science, exemplified by the linguistic citizen humanities project 'On everyone’s mind and lips – German in Austria'

Author/s: Barbara Heinisch

Presenter: Barbara Heinisch

Co-creation aims at integrating citizens in the entire research process. The citizen linguistics project German in Austria tests this approach in the humanities based on the assumption that language is ubiquitous. The project combines different forms of public participation, including a co-created format, where citizens can raise (and answer) research questions about the German language in Austria and a linguistic treasure hunt, where citizens collect and analyse data on linguistic landscapes. However, co-creation was hard to implement. Although the number of participants was higher, their willingness to contribute to more than one research step was lower compared to the treasure hunts.

Link to the slides: https://ucloud.univie.ac.at/index.php/s/rRdKKpAbdbZOP36

16:00-16:15  |  7.3 Citizen Social Science or the public participation in social science research

Author/s: Rita Campos, José Pedro Monteiro and Cláudia Pato de Carvalho

Presenter: Rita Campos

Acknowledging the consolidation of citizen science, this paper aims to foster a collective debate on two visible gaps of the field. First, how to overcome the limited participation of social sciences and humanities in the broader field of citizen science, still dominated by natural sciences. Second, how to develop a citizen social science that allows for an active participation of citizens and for a critical engagement with contemporary societies. The authors coordinate a state-sponsored program of scientific dissemination within a Portuguese research institution and this paper intends to lay the groundwork for a future project of Citizen Social Science.

16:15-16:30  |  7.4 Citizen Science Lab Leiden: a co-creative approach to developing citizen science projects

Author/s: Matthijs Begheyn, Anne Land-Zandstra, Liselotte Rambonnet, Pedro Russo and Frans Snik

Presenter: Matthijs Begheyn

An introduction about the Citizen Science Lab in Leiden. It supports researchers, citizens and societal organizations to generate new knowledge together.