Civic Epistemologies

Project Overview

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The CIVIC EPISTEMOLOGIES project is about the participation of citizens in research on cultural heritage and humanities.

ICT are powerful drivers of creativity, but specific technical know-how is still generally lacking in the creative industries sectors. In addition, humanities scholarship is not yet taking full advantage of ICT to engage with wider audiences. New skills are needed to enable the cultural sector to grasp employment and commercial opportunities.

The project aims to develop and validate a Roadmap for the use of e-Infrastructures to support the participation of European citizens in research on cultural heritage and digital humanities. Critically, the Roadmap will offer support for improved social cohesion arising from the sharing of knowledge and understanding of Europe’s citizens common and individual cultures.

The partners are committed to the values of open data, open source and open innovation.

Project Implementation

Recording Heritage -
A Revival of Oral History of Placenames

TSSG, WIT’s Pilot Study for WP4

Currently Transition Year Students are on work experience in TSSG. They are  interviewing senior citizens, recording data and creating websites. Their objective is to design a crowdsourcing approach for teenagers to interview senior citizens and/or historians to capture information on placenames and oral history related to places. They are seeking advice from experienced researchers and people who have completed similar projects before. They are documenting what questions to ask, what equipment to use, and how to bring it all together.

TSSG, WIT is facilitating this pilot study to discover how young people, can use existing digital technologies, to facilitate engagement with older people and support the recording heritage information. This pilot study will focus on placenames or loganimacha, because while placenames are at once familiar and rich, knowledge about placenames is also extremely local, layered, and colloquial.  Placenames, and translations of placenames, whether into another language or digital repository, are of great significance to people’s sense of identity as so brilliantly demonstrated with Brian Frial’s play – Translations, and while there are good digital resources for mapping placenames information already in existence such as and linked to cultural heritage history as at dú, scholars in the area do still believe there is much local knowledge to record. They recognise that the local person is clearly the expert in local places, as is passionately outlined in Risteard UaCróinín’s article: The Importance of Placenames.

Digitisation of cultural heritage, such as plays, art, and music, is a growing area for the Arts in Ireland and across Europe. While citizen science, as the practice of ordinary citizens supporting scientists in the monitoring, collection or interpretation of data, has been around for a long time, the widespread adoption of mobile technologies, has presented an opportunity for an explosion in the practice and interest in crowd-sourcing and citizen science as research approaches. This project represents a chance for transition year students and older people interested in heritage to be involved in both citizen science and digitisation of cultural heritage.

Key Objectives


  • Analyze the needs of researchers, citizens, cultural institutions and creative enterprises
  • Develop a new Roadmap based on key findings
  • Validate the Roadmap through one Pilot in Ireland and two case studies in the UK
  • Encourage Research institutions to establish clear protocols for citizen engagement and shared research goals where achievable
  • Ensure widespread impact of the project findings with a strong communication and dissemination plan
  • Establish a durable network of common interest to connect cultural institutions, research bodies, creative industries, e-infrastructures and citizen associations.






Project Management and Communication:

  • Mauro Fazio, Project Coordinator,
    Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico (IT),
  • Antonella Fresa, Technical Coordinator,
    Promoter srl (IT),
  • Manuele Buono, Project Assistant,
    Promoter srl (IT),

Pilot Study Coordinator: