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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.



Support 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.



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

Latest News​

Meet SPICE Work Packages: Distributed Linked Data Social Media Layer - First year results!

SPICE Work Package 4 , coordinated by the Open University, is developing the Linked Data infrastructure to connect cultural objects, collections, and citizen contributions.

SPICE RECOMMENDS 5: Project, article, and event

Summer is coming and we bring fresh news for the month: a survey in order to know your perspectives on the main topics of SPICE, an article on Citizen Curators and an event in the city of Helsinki.

Meet SPICE Work Packages: Modelling and Recommendation

Today it's time to introduce you to SPICE Work Package 3: Modelling and recommendation , whose main objective is analysis of citizen curation activities , development of tools for semi-automated semantic annotation of curatorial products and development of tools to support the exploration of users' interpretations on museum objects.

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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