Knowledge Co-Creation between Organisations and the Public

Call for Participation in the COP2014 Workshop which will be held on February 15th, 2014 in Baltimore. 

Inspired by concepts such as collective intelligence, citizen science, citizen journalism and crowdsourcing, diverse types of organisations are aiming to increase engagement with the public, collect localised knowledge, or leverage human cognition and creativity. In supporting these approaches, organisations are often provoked to make their data and processes more open, and to be inclusive of differing motivations and perspectives from inside and outside the organisation. In doing so, they raise new questions for both designers and organisations:

  • How are systems designed to manage data, attribute work, or draw boundaries between  “official” and externally generated knowledge? How can openness support collaborations across organisations as well as with the public where there are shared interests?
  • How can the professional framed context and metadata standards be connected with the just-in-time, emergent nature of amateur online collection and curation? Is the role of the professional changed by these innovations?
  • How can systems be designed to leverage complementary or differing motivations, and how do we conceptualise these in design? How to prompt amateurs’ contributions that may be of value for institutions and users?

The deadline for participation is on November 15th, 2013. For more info:


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About Laura Carletti

Laura Carletti is Research Fellow in Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute, University of Nottingham, and at the College of Humanities, University of Exeter. With a background in Arts and Humanities, and a PhD in Technology Enhanced Learning, her doctoral work investigated digital engagement mechanisms, socio-technological ecosystems, and knowledge construction in web-based grassroots communities. Her research interests are (but not limited to): crowdsourcing in digital humanities; technology-supported engagement design; synergies between amateur and professional knowledge; technology-enhanced informal learning. Among others, she has offered papers at Cognition and Exploratory Learning in a Digital Age 2010; Digital Engagement 2011 (Winner of best student paper competition); Digital Resources in Humanities and Art 2011; Web Based Communities and Social Media 2011; Digital Futures 2012.

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