The digital co-creation platform IESAISTIES.LV combines different opportunities of co-operation related to cultural heritage and data of humanities, developed in the recent years by the University of Latvia Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art (LU LFMI).

IESAISTIES.LV offers opportunities to discover cultural heritage and approach it via various ways of collaboration – studying, reading, viewing, as well as lending one’s hand, for instance in transcription of manuscripts, correction of information, or sharing one’s experience and knowledge. Also a purely creative way of collaboration is possible – create something completely new, taking inspiration from the ancient.

These collaboration opportunities are based on extensive information and vast digitised cultural heritage materials, found individually on two largest digital resources of LU LFMI – the digital archive garamantas.lv of the Archives of Latvian Folklore and the literature vortal literatura.lv.

How to take part?

Everyone is welcome to participate in the digital co-creation initiatives of IESAISTIES.LV!

In the middle of the IESAISTIES.LV start page there are various coloured elements. Each of those leads to a specific activity on some of the LU LFMI digital resources. It can be a separate platform, such as, for instance “Mūslaiku kalendārs” (Contemporary Calendar) or “Lasi dzejiņas” (Children's Poetry Out Loud), or some separate section on some of the LU LFMI digital platforms, such as maps, audio or autobiographies.

You can choose a form of collaboration, branch or type of material that best suits your interest using the filters integrated on the left side, they will highlight the activities corresponding to your interests.

Why take part?

To help! University of Latvia Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art holds and takes care of a vast amount of cultural heritage data, including the digitisation of the collections of the Archives of Latvian Folklore – one of the oldest and largest folklore collections in Europe. The amount of the data is huge, and it keeps growing fast, the information becomes outdated, while the number of employees processing the data as part of their everyday task is comparatively small. Therefore any help with the transcription of the manuscripts and correction and supplementation of the information is of really great importance – it helps to improve the information, make it more readily available to everyone, and also better searchable on the Internet.

To discover! Participation in the digital co-creation is an opportunity to get better acquainted with the cultural heritage. IESAISTIES.LV incorporates information and digital objects, that can only be found in a single copy and will not be available anywhere else. Transcribing („Deciphering”) ancient manuscripts you may even be the first to read them so thoroughly and through your participation you will make the information found on the pages of the manuscript searchable for others as well. Studying maps you will find out which people of note were born, lived or worked in your region, or what legends, proverbs and folk-beliefs have been recorded there.

To preserve! For the next generations to learn how we lived, celebrated and what we believed in our time, LU LFMI invites everyone to participate in ethnographic surveys, providing answers to the questions posed by the researchers. "LFK jautā" asks to describe the celebration of different festivities, while "Mūslaiku kalendārs" offers to ,mark the days that you spend in some special way compared to the regular, mundane weekdays.

Lai dalītos ar zināšanām! LU LFMI digitālajos resursos ir daudz personu, darbu un pieminētu vietu, par kurām saglabājusies pavisam niecīga informācija. Jūsu zināšanas noderēs! Savukārt, daloties ar zināšanām, piemēram, par to, kā Jūs svinat svētkus un atzīmējat citas dienas, palīdzēsiet mūsdienu paaudžu svinēšanas tradīcijas saglabāt nākamajām paaudzēm un arī tapt pētījumiem.

Archives of Latvian Folklore invites to submit for preservation materials that you may be in possession of, like: song and memory note-books, hand-written diaries, journals and recollection stories, collections of spells and other materials suitable for a folklore archve.

To share the knowledge! LU LFMI digital resources feature a multitude of persons, works and mentioned localities, the information on which is regrettably scarce. Your knowledge will be of great help! At the same time sharing your knowledge, for instance, on celebration of festivities and holidays, you will help to preserve the knowledge about the contemporary celebration traditions for the next generations and to perform research.

To create! The digital co-creation is an opportunity to learn from the ancient knowledge, giving new life to the cultural heritage, including it in the modern culture environment and through usage understand and learn it better. You can listen to ancient songs in our audio archive and sing them: either the way they are heard in the recording or completely different, creating your own, new version. Or you can record your own voice for posterity, reading a century old poetry for children, adding to the performance of hundreds of others.

Kļūstiet par pētnieku sabiedrotajiem – palīdziet, izziniet, dalieties un radiet!

IESAISTIES.LV is developed and maintained by the University of Latvia Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art (LU LFMI) within the framework of an EU ERDF funded project “Empowering knowledge society: interdisciplinary perspectives on public involvement in the production of digital cultural heritage” (Nr. The project aims to carry out research on interaction dynamics of Digital Humanities and the development of knowledge society by developing a virtual research and involvement laboratory with integrated DH research and participatory tools. It aims also to involve society into joint knowledge production and to provide open access and convenient use of extensive humanities datasets for research, education and general purposes.

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