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The important Image and Research conference took place in Girona on 16-18 November 2022, organized by CRDI Ajuntament de Girona. In collaboration with other partners from WEAVE project and Photoconsortium’s network, our Vicepresident Antonella Fresa presented a paper entitled “Metadata generation for intangible heritage: the role of crowdsourcing and AI to address bias risk“.
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The paper discusses lessons learned from WEAVE and other projects such as CitizenHeritage, REACH, INCULTUM and more, working on communities’ engagement with heritage and metadata enrichment of archival collections, using both Artificial Intelligence as well as crowdsourcing in a complementary strategy. While AI approaches are unavoidable to be able to improve metadata at a sufficient scale, crowdsourcing through annotation tools proves crucial to validate the obtained results.
More importantly, involving stakeholders and representative organisations in this process is important as well as necessary to cope with contextual bias and misrepresentation, for which automated mappings cannot easily be implemented. To this regard, the WEAVE project demonstrates best practice approaches that were tested and validated during the project.
Metadata generation for intangible heritage: the role of crowdsourcing and AI to address bias risk
co-authored by Valentina Bachi (Photoconsortium), Rosa Cisneros (Coventry University), Antonella Fresa (Photoconsortium), Allison Kupietzky (The Israel Museum, Jerusalem), Alexandru Stan (IN2 Digital Innovations) and Frederik Truyen (KU Leuven).