Crowdsourcing, social media platforms for community engagement, linked open data, and other participatory and open science practices, create new challenges due to the character of the networked publics involved and the established structures between and within institutions, but also new opportunities and practices when it comes to understanding and defining our shared images. Therefore, critical perspectives on metadata in relation to photographic collections online are vital. This calls for an interdisciplinary approach in the intersection between computer science, image studies, and cultural studies.

The purpose with this forum is to provide an interdisciplinary overview of current research on metadata, participation and digitisation of the cultural heritage in Sweden and internationally. If you are aware of relevant research not included here, please e-mail

The forum is hosted by the Department of Culture and Aesthetics and the Department of Systems Sciences (DSV) at Stockholm University.