Observatory Online Co-Creation Workshop
Developing spaces for digital collaboration and sharing
In the initial creation of the Open Observatory Platform it was important to understand and empathize with the partners’ understanding of digital tools and platforms. To do this, the Platoniq team created a ‘Getting to Know You’ survey as its first community engagement activity. This survey served multiple purposes. First, it allowed the team to on-board and design the capacity building facet of the co-creation process. Then in addition the survey would also serve as an important research tool into the possible attitudes and character of future users of the Open Observatory Platform and feed i...
We have definitely broken a sweat this summer with the on-going activities and progress we’re making on our platform. So far we’ve had our second round of assemblies and even initiated a third consultation process for a workshop series that will cover IPR and ‘Value Chains’.
Designing the Platform
But before we can get into all of that, an important issue that has come up is how we’ve designed our online spaces for collaboration. As previously mentioned we have five assemblies and three processes created to address, create tools for, and understand the digitisation of heritage and culture. But ...
In creating the InDICEs platform and participatory observatory it was important to ask 'What is an open observatory?' And through combing the internet and drawing upon our experiences we created an abstract to try and answer that questions.
Open Observatory, an Abstract
An observatory is a space with the infrastructure to study of data that records natural phenomena. An online participatory observatory at its best should give insight into agency within a space where participants are free to collaborate, create, and break in ways that gatekeepers to democratic processes have to envision.
This last winter the inDICEs partners came together for a kickoff meeting to begin the groundwork for co-created observatory to collaborate and develop practices, methods, and resources to support more open access to digitising culture and its creation within public institutions.
Several workshops were held to assess the sentiments, ideas, and preferences of the partners involved including creating profiles of actors and organizations interested in having a more nuanced understanding of their needs. For example, incredibly obvious from the data is the need for more streamlined access to data an...