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Citizen curation of cultural heritage

SPICE (Social cohesion, Participation, and Inclusion through Cultural Engagement) is an EU Horizon 2020 funded dedicated to citizen curation of cultural heritage. We are developing technologies that help communities select paintings, artefacts and other museum objects and share their interpretations with others. Through this, citizens can learn more about themselves and develop a better understanding of, and empathy for, other communities. We call this Citizen Curation.

We design methods to allow citizens to share their interpretations

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We use state-of-the-art technologies to develop tools that allow users to create and annotate their own interpretations of cultural heritage. Citizens can use our tools to share their opinions and engage with a diverse range of perspectives.

We foster diverse participation

We work with five different communities of citizens whose voices are often unheard when it comes to their interpretation of cultural heritage. We promote a platform of inclusion in which every voice matters. We design every aspect of the project towards this goal, in collaboration with our communities, making sure that new perspectives on cultural heritage are shared and valued.

Read about our communities!



Connect senior citizens and families living far from the museum with the Finnish culture.



Allow asylum seekers, children, and others that cannot access the museum phisically, to share their view.



Engage with children, including those from lower socio-economic groups, and support them in appreciating science.



Enable deaf people and other visitors to share their views on art via storytelling and social media platforms.



Allow members of religious and secular communities to share and appreciate the variety of opinion in their communities.

Latest News​

SPICE Mini-conference II: Methodologies to connect with citizens

On March 23, the second SPICE mini-conference took place in which methodologies would be established to connect culture with citizens. The all-day session was conducted by Work Package 2 (Citizen curation methods) and Work Package 5 (Interface design) as well as co-designed by Work Package 7 (Codesign and evaluation of citizen curation activities).

Get to know the museums participating at SPICE during Museum Week 2021

During next week, from June 7 to 13, and as part of the Museum Week 2021, we want to introduce our followers to the different museums participating in SPICE. In this sense, through a series of scheduled posts shared daily by SPICE social media accounts (Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn), we will disseminate interesting information about our museums, their collection and the case studies being developed within SPICE in each of them.

Do you want to know them? Keep reading!

SPICE RECOMMENDS 4: Projects, tools, and articles

Today we want to share with you a very interesting European project, a congress that deals with the theme of museums in the current circumstances and an article. We work together for the social cohesion, participation and inclusion through cultural engagement, that is why we present you every month some recommendations that can help us learn about other projects, read about the topics that interest us and know what is happening in the world around culture and citizenship. We hope it is of your interest!

Partners and third parties

University of Bologna logo

[Project coordinator]

Aalto University logo
Aalborg University logo
Design Museum Helsinki logo
Irish Museum of Modern Art logo
GVAM Interactive Guides S.L. logo
Open University logo
PadaOne Games logo
CELI - Language Technology logo
Complutense University of Madrid logo
CIRMA University of Turin logo
Fondazione Torino Musei logo
University of Haifa and Hecht Museum logo
Consiglio nazionale delle ricerche logo
Turin Institute for the Deaf logo

[Third parties]

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