Our first webinar event took place on the 7th of September 2022, with 89 participants from our partner countries. Those include: Bulgaria, Estonia, Greece, Italy, and Norway. With a wide range of educators and culture-enthusiasts with different cultural backgrounds that shared their knowledge and experience, we managed to achieve our webinar’s goal: to connect members of European Universities and smaller Cultural Heritage Organisations (CHOs), inspire each other, and present them with a tool  through/with which they can better their relationship – Open Innovation. The webinar also invited  DH scholars to present their case studies of such collaborations: George Papaioannou, University of Aegean, Corfu and Dr. Stella Sylaiou, Adjunct Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, Hellenic Open University. 


Greece’s OSYGY, the federation of women’s association in Cyclades, was the leader of the first out of 5 stages/activities of the project, and was thus the organiser of the event. After 7 months of hard work, OSYGY presented their results: an open-access publication report showcasing the best open-innovative practices that universities have implemented to help revive CHOs, along with the challenges and solutions that came to light through their research. 


OSYGY’s team was more than delighted to publish and present their publication, but what did it take  the partners/consortium to get there?

First Step Collecting 38 practices in which Universities help revive CHOs
Second Step Creating a survey on the readiness of Universities to reach out to CHOs and benefit from Open-Innovation.
Third Step Analysing the data collected from the 130 answers of the survey  & narrowing the best practices down to the 10 best.
Fourth Step Sharing the results with the eCHOing team & reviewing them internally and externally
Final Step Publishing a synthesis and 4 infographics of the report in an open-access  format and translating it to all partner languages.


The completion of the webinar ultimately meant the wrapping up of the first phase of the project. OSYGY thus gave the reins to the University of TARTU from Estonia, the leader of the second phase.

This next phase aims to provide an online course on the open-innovative ways in which Universities can help CHOs. In order toto reach this outcome, TARTU will design a course framework with design principles and content creation guidelines for all University partners to base their modules on. After an internal and external review of the modules is done, University staff and students, along with CHO members, will get to test the modules. Once the modules are considered ready, and are integrated into University curricula, a course with those modules will take place. Having attended the course, the University students and CHO representatives will be given a certificate of completion. Anyone who is interested in providing the eCHOing team with Open-Innovative Projects and ideas will then be given a chance to do so by submission.