Citizen science and the rural place in Ireland, 29 March 2023

On 29 March 2023, “Citizen Science and the rural place in Ireland” hybrid event discussed two UCD citizen science projects which use digital technologies to enhance our understanding of rural places, populations, and culture – past and present. This hybrid event took place in the Earth Institute kitchen on the 4th floor of the O’Brien Science Centre, UCD Belfield campus and online via Zoom.

Dr Karen Keaveney, Head of Subject for Rural Development and an Assistant Professor in the School of Agriculture and Food Science, discussed how the Citizen Rural project investigates how rural populations can harness digital technologies to enhance participative democracy in the planning and policy formulation for local sustainable development.

Dr Críostóir Mac Cárthaigh, Director of the National Folklore Collection explored the National Folklore Collection’s project transcribing local folklore and tradition recorded by primary school pupils in rural Ireland in the late 1930s, which was in itself an early form of citizen science or public participation project.

This is a UCD Citizen Science Community of Practice event supported by UCD Library and UCD Earth Institute. See our UCD Library citizen science guide and website or join our mailing list to find out more.