The Working Group Digital Initiatives started in 2015, with a workshop during the Universeum meeting in Athens. Since then we have organised workshops in Utrecht, Belgrade and Glasgow, around different topics on digital academic heritage.

We, the current chairs of the Working Group, are: Delphine Issenmann, from the Jardin des sciences, Université de Strasbourg, Frank Meijer, from the Dutch Foundation for Academic Heritage and Martin Stricker from the Coordination Centre for Scientific University Collections in Germany.

We are always happy to meet you and work with you on one of our workshops during Universeum meetings. And in between: if you have any ideas, remarks or suggestions regarding the working group and its activities, please don’t hesitate to contact us (you’ll find our emails at the bottom of this page)!

Next Workshop in Brno: Crowdsourcing!

Co-curation, collaboration, participatory projects… There is a new trend within museum and research communities to engage citizens and audiences. Consequently, Universeum dedicates one of the themes at the next annual meeting in Brno to new media and their role in the participatory curation of academic heritage.

To go further and deeper, we investigate one of the most popular and promising participatory methods: crowdsourcing. You are invited to share and discuss you experiences and opinions. How can digital technology, beyond the fad, meet the challenge of crowdsourcing in the context of knowledge generation in and for university museums and collections?

We are also going to invite you to “get creative!” Let’s think a bit about project design and execution. You see – it won’t be boring and you will have the chance to let your ideas flow!

Share your project! In the first part of the workshop, we will have short presentations and discussions on crowdsourcing projects. If you have a specific experience, project or crowdsourcing idea you want to share with us, please contact Frank Meijer at

When and where? Thursday, June 20, from 9 to 12 a.m. (with a coffee break in between) as part of the XX Annual Network Meeting at Masaryk University (Brno), Czech Republic.

Should I register? That would be nice, but it’s not strictly necessary (there is usually enough space).

Previous Workshops

Workshop at 2018 Universeum Network Meeting in Glasgow
Friday 15th of June, 10:00-12:30
Workshop Report Glasgow (PDF)

Workshop at 2017 Universeum Network Meeting in Belgrade
Friday 6th of June 2016, 15:30 – 19:00
Workshop Report Belgrade (PDF)

Workshop at 2016 Universeum Network Meeting in Amsterdam/Utrecht
Friday 10th of June 2016, 15.00 – 17.30
Workshop Report Utrecht (PDF)

Workshop at 2015 Universeum Network Meeting in Athens
Friday 12th of June 2015, 9:30 – 13:15
Presentations and Talks Athens (Zip Archive)


Delphine Issenman
Frank Meijer
Martin Stricker