The term open innovation means a situation where an organisation doesn’t just rely on their own internal knowledge, sources and resources (such as their own staff or R&D for example) for innovation (of products, services, business models, marketing processes, funding etc.) but also uses multiple external sources (such as customer feedback, published patents, competitors, external agencies, the public etc.) to drive innovation.
In the cultural heritage sector, it means initiatives or activities where institutions from the sector co-create or co-develop project ideas in collaboration with citizens, students and with institutions from other sectors or industries.

In eCHOing we believe that open innovation is about the free flow of ideas and collaboration between different stakeholders and individuals. MMG: This document summarises key forms of OI providing a short explanation and some inspirational examples. It also suggests the appropriate matching with Associated partners, depending on the size, scope, etc. of the institutions. This is an interactive mapping and matching tool for the APs of the Erasmus+ project ECHOING. In the future we hope this interactive tool will provide an initial useful guide for cultural heritage organisations across Europe. Please note that none of this can be shared or distributed without consent from the eCHOIng consortium.


eCHOing is planning to establish Open Innovation collaborative initiatives between the Associated partners and University students, so please give us some info about your organisation and which type of such collaboration would be interesting for you.