Crowdsourcing For Heritage (as part of Shared Perspectives)

Crowdsourcing is an important tool that can help heritage organisations build a community of volunteers to work with the gathering, processing and/or management of data. In museums, data is something we have plenty of - be it in how we manage and document our collections or how we share and tag our objects and stories online. In this session we will explore the kinds of projects and work that can be undertaken in this way and the who, where and how’s of recruiting and managing remote volunteers.


Nicola Henderson: Arts & Heritage Professional, XpoNorth Digital Specialist Advisor

Nicola Henderson is a freelance arts and heritage professional. She has worked within Scotland's Cultural Sector for almost 20 years - from Glasgow to Aberdeenshire via Skye and Sutherland. Nicola has worked as director of two of Scotland's leading cultural organisations - Timespan in Helmsdale and The Barn in Banchory. Following the birth of her first child, Nicola has worked freelance on a number of creative projects - from devising and delivering Associate Artist Programmes to managing New Music Scotland and working with the Highland heritage sector on building resilience. Nicola currently works as the Heritage Specialist for XpoNorth Digital and as the Innovation and Network manager for Museums and Heritage Highland - two roles that overlap in supporting museums to innovate for a sustainable future. She also co-runs the Museums Immersive Network with Cornwall Museums Partnership.


Tim Wright: Crowd Economy Specialist, Consultant and Author

Tim Wright is an XpoNorth Digital Specialist Advisor and Director and co founder of twintangibles- a Scottish based management consultancy that helps organisations create value through accessing the crowd economy. A leading thinker and practitioner on crowdfunding, Tim has provided expert insight to the OECD, European Commission and the Scottish Government and is author of The Scottish Crowdfunding Report. Previously Tim has worked for Egon Zehnder International and McKinsey & Co and a number of other highly respected organisations.


Nina Janz: Scholar & Lecturer in Military History

Nina Janz, PhD, is a scholar and lecturer in military history. She has studied European history and archival sciences in Hagen, Germany, and Haifa, Israel. She received her PhD in cultural anthropology and military history from the University of Hamburg, Germany, where she focused on the impact of death and violence, as well as the memory of World War II in the post-war period in Germany and Russia.

Nina has been awarded research fellowships at the Institute for Oral History in Voronezh, Russia, the AICGS/Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC, and the German Historical Institute Moscow, Russia, for her work on the project Soviet Prisoners of War in German Custody. Since 2020, Nina has been coordinating the WARLUX Project at the University of Luxembourg, which explores the war experiences of Luxembourgers conscripted into the Wehrmacht. In 2023, Nina was awarded the Marie Curie Slodowska Fellowship by the European Commission for her project involving a transnational comparison of war experiences among Belgian, Dutch, and Luxembourgish soldiers in Nazi forces. She will begin her project at NIOD (Dutch Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies) in Amsterdam, Netherlands, in September 2023. Nina has published extensively on topics related to the Wehrmacht/World War II, biographical and digital data analysis, war letters, and the soldierly experience during the war. In 2021, Nina and her team organised a national crowdsourcing campaign in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg to collect war letters and diaries from WWII. The project proved to be a great success, with Nina and her team gathering a wealth of valuable information from the war letters and diaries. With this information, they conducted extensive research on the war experiences of individuals and the profound impact of the war on them and their families.


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