Taking citizen participation (one step) further

Elisabeth MONAMY | Sigrid PETER, Austria | July 22, 2020 | 9:00 am

After the first approach to citizen partizipation in archaeology last year, asking if it was needed and how it could help archaeologist in their daily work, this year we wanted to go a step forward.

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The main questions are:

  • Where can citizen participation be of a help without seeming obvious?

In times of fake news it is also interesting how participation is able to counteract fake news or how spreading words through citizen science could be easier understood than scientific talks by professionals – and therefore help avoid propagation of fake historical informations. Last months showed how much impact social media have in diffusing widely understandable information – but what are the dangers of these short and very superficial channels?

Our further questions are:

  • How can citizen scientists be encouraged to dare to submit a project although the administrative steps seem discouraging, especially in Austria?
  • How can citizen participation in archaeology be a way of political commitment and trying to make a change?
  • Would new technology like LIDAR, apps or even VR and AR used by many people for their daily work be of a help?
  • Is it true that archaeologists won‘t need to learn to many new skills and get the full package of manpower including knowledge?
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Let us discuss to what extends can open data and online communication between archaeologists and interested parties function when the world is at a standstill?

How can networked research and interaction with lay people be successful using new technologies? And what do we learn from the current situation around Covid-19?

Submit you long abstract until July 31st and let’s meet to discuss citizen participation in archaeology…

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