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PhDPublic engagement services with open cultural data

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Application fee €80 one-time
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This PhD position calls for exploring the issues of curating cultural data to enhance its usability in new public services; designing and testing out the services based on open cultural data; developing the algorithms to process cultural data for specific services needs such as for creating awareness, enabling crowd collaboration and engagement based on aggregated dynamic open data.

The government bodies, as well as supervised public bodies, are going to publish as open data the cultural data that falls within the definitions of public information. ‘Open cultural data’ is data from cultural institutions that is made available for use in a machine-readable format under an open licence ( e.g. language data, media data, cultural heritage data, literature data corpora). Open data is a new digital commons, a resource to which citizens are entitled and that must be delivered qualitatively. These data sets are provided for re-use by citizens, academic institutes and enterprises in order to contribute to the development of the national cultural product. It is envisioned that open data could be creatively repurposed, aggregated or augmented with other data sources in the context of evolving data infrastructures which are attuned to the specific needs and interests of civil society actors. Open cultural data supports discovery, reuse and innovation in digital humanities.

By generating transparency, open cultural data can feed civic agency such as social mobilisation, informed decision-making and behavioural change increasing wellbeing and sustainable actions based on feedback loops from dynamic data. New potential services that use open data may promote data driven engagement of the crowds for empowering citizens, and solving public problems. For example open city spaces may be made smart, by enabling decision-making, engagement and interaction opportunities in shared spaces fuelled by open cultural data.

Contact: David Lamas (, Kai Pata (, Sirje Virkus (

Apply now! Spring semester 2019/20
Application period has ended
Studies commence
Jan 27, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States