Engage with citizens

What you can do:
  • Join the Landscape Dialogue
  • Crowdsource landscape data
  • Recruit non-experts
  • Co-produce knowledge

Researchers and planners are increasingly engaging with citizens and using crowdsourcing approaches that rely on non-experts to collect a large amount of data in a local area. The Knowledge Hub for Landscape Practices can be both used as tool that enables dialogue and as a tool for integrating the stakeholder perspective in research and planning processes.

As a tool for Landscape Dialogue, the Hub effectively communicates research results, makes landscape knowledge available and accessible, and can foster understanding and engagement with landscape thinking. It puts landscape practices at the centre and follows the idea of linking people with their place and its history.

As a tool for crowdsourcing landscape practices and knowledge, the Hub enables access to data. The possibilities of the Hub of adding layers of meaning, values and locally very specific knowledge to geospatial data allow for collecting and assessing stakeholder-based and context-sensitive data. Landscape expertise is divided among many social actors and actor groups.

One the other hand, the Hub provides the possibility to recruit non-experts, either to classify data collected in the field, to monitor biodiversity or landscape preferences. On the other hand, being an open online platform, the Hub as can be used to recruit stakeholders. It can be used as a tool to reach a large amount of people very quickly and on a wide geographic scale.

Discover some examples on how the HERCULES project has used Knowledge Hub to engage with citizens: