Citizen Science Approaches in Educational Context: Sports and Social Inclusion

  Mladost Monter – Radnički 1:3, Zagreb, 23.04.1988. form collection of the Croatian Sports Museum, Photo by. Robert Valai

The project is based on the cooperation of academia, citizens, and heritage experts in documentation, research and mediation of knowledge related to the collection of more than 6,000 digitized photographs from the Croatian Sports Museum. The photographs are documenting local and international sports events in Croatia and Europe from 1970 to 1990.

Project objectives

Project activities and results will be reflected at two levels: a citizen science case study in which data on the content of photographs will be collected through citizen science approaches, and the development of participatory research methodologies connecting students, citizens and heritage experts. The target group of citizens involved in social tagging and oral histories recording are retired sports journalists, members of the Croatian Association of Sports Journalists, that will contribute knowledge and personal testimonies related to the events and topics on the photographs during joint workshops. The development of participatory research methodologies will focus on formal and informal educational processes involving citizens, university teachers and students. During joint workshops, teachers and students from the Department of Information and Communication Sciences, will provide support in the application of ICT and knowledge organization and to ensure the implementation of the principles of citizen science. Teachers and students from the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology will provide knowledge in identifying relevant topics by providing context for understanding the role of sport in society and tailoring the appropriate quantitative and qualitative methodological approaches.

 

 

Yugoslavia – Libya 180: 50, basketball competition, 1987 Universiade, Zelina, July 9, 1987. from the collection of the Croatian Sports Museum. Photo by: Robert Valai.

Potential impact of the pilot project on society
and target groups

Retired journalists will be included in the scientific process by recording their knowledge about events related to the collection. Students will achieve educational goals, helping other participants to overcome gaps in the use of ICT and the application of knowledge organisation methods. Academics will establish more active and efficient research and educational processes. Museum professionals will gain better insights into user needs, and the collection will be enriched with new knowledge. The project also aims to improve social inclusion and quality of life of all participants involved, by engaging in socially relevant and useful activities that enable mutual dialogue and participation in lifelong learning activities. Considering the attractive topic of sport, combined with citizen enhanced open science approaches, it is expected for the project to attract media attention with the effect of science popularization.

Brigita Štadler, from the collection of the Croatian Sports Museum. Photo by: Robert Valai.

Generation of new data and knowledge

The project will generate new data and knowledge that will enable further social sciences and humanities research related to understanding the role of sport in society. Special emphasis will be placed on contextualizing already participatory identified topics that promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in sports, women in sport, respect for diversity and promotion of tolerance. The participatory methodology will be further developed and improved. The collection documentation will be enriched with new metadata and oral history. Multilingual structured terminology for the field of sport will be improved and semantically mapped to available linked open data vocabularies. All new knowledge will be accessible according to FAIR principles

Training of people with disabilities, Zagreb. from the collection of the Croatian Sports Museum. Photo by: Robert Valai.

Project team members

Helena Stublić

Helena Stublić

Assistant Professor @ Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb

Goran Zlodi

Goran Zlodi

Associate Professor @ Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb

Goran-Pavel Šantek

Goran-Pavel Šantek

Full Professor @ Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb

Tomislav Ivanjko

Tomislav Ivanjko

Assistant Professor @ Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb

Danira Bilić

Danira Bilić

Director of The Croatian Sports Museum

Jura Ozmec

Jura Ozmec

President of The Croatian Sports Journalists Association

Robert Valai

Robert Valai

Member of The Croatian Sports Journalists Association

Tibor komar

Tibor komar

Assistant Professor @ Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb

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