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“Earth construction in the Weinviertel” Further development of methods and tools from research-education cooperation to implement a citizen science project

Project Leader
Schauppenlehner Thomas, Project Leader
Top Citizen Science - Sparkling Science-Erweiterungsprojekt
Type of Research
Applied Research
Project partners
Museumsdorf Niedersulz, Niedersulz 250, 2224 Niedersulz, Austria.
Contact person: Dr. Veronika Plöckinger-Walenta;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
University College of Teacher Education Vienna/Krems , Mayerweckstraße 1 , 1210 , Austria.
Contact person: Mag. Dr. MA Sonja Gabriel;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner

Further information:

Eisenberger Iris, Sub Projectleader
Ottner Franz, Project Staff
Eder Renate, Project Staff
Salak Boris, Project Staff (bis 09.03.2022)
Mittermüller Bernhard, Project Staff (bis 31.01.2018)
Ressar Kim, Project Staff
BOKU Research Units
Institute for Landscape Development, Recreation and Conservation Planning
Institute of Applied Geology
Institute of Law
Legal Aspects of Citizen Science Projects (CitSciLaw)
Funded by
Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, Stubenring 1, 1010 Wien, Austria
In many regions, earth played an important role as construction material over centuries and therefore, was an important economic and societal driver. From a cultural perspective, specific earth construction techniques led to unique architecture and infrastructure, which influenced the landscape utilisation and subsequently the societal identity.
Today, many earth construction sites and earth pits are abandoned but earth as a “new” material for ecological and regional building is becoming more and more popular. Identifying, classifying and analysing these old sites and structures promotes the understanding of a regional cultural and landscape emergence and can support the development of new technologies linked to traditional applications.
As gathering data on this topic needs local and historical knowledge we apply a citizen science approach based on the tools and methods developed together with school students. Together with geologists, jurists, earth construction experts and the Museumsdorf Niedersulz, the legal and contextual framework will be developed to implement a citizen science project on earth monitoring and analysing. The participating schools support the project with their work in the main project and help to develop and test the earth application and the methodological framework.
General geology; Geoinformatics; Intellectual property; Geoinformatics; Urban history; Knowledge management;
Citizen Science; Cultural landscapes; Earth constructions;

Schauppenlehner, T., Eder, R., Ressar, K., Feiglstorfer, H., Meingast, R., Ottner, F. (2022): A CitizenScience Approach to build a knowledgebase on earth constructions in the Weinviertel region.
[Terra Education III, Grenoble, France, 04.06.2018 - 05.06.2018]

In: Gandreau, D., Hubert, A., Joffroy, T., Rakotomamonjy, B., Terra Education III: Perspectives for the Development of Education on Earthen Architectures ( Perspectives pour le développement de l’enseignement sur les architectures de terre); ISBN: 979-10-96446-41-4 FullText

* Schauppenlehner, T; Eder, R; Ressar, K; Feiglstorfer, H; Meingast, R; Ottner, F (2021): A Citizen Science Approach to Build a Knowledge Base and Cadastre on Earth Buildings in the Weinviertel Region, Austria.

Heritage, 4(1), 125-139; ISSN 2571-9408 FullText FullText_BOKU

Schauppenlehner, T., Eder, R., Ressar, K., Muhar, A., Ottner, F., Feiglstorfer, H., Meingast, R., Eisenberger, I., Sedef, A. (2019): Lehmbau im Weinviertel: Weiterentwicklung von Methoden und Werkzeugen aus Wissenschafts-Schulkooperationen zur Implementierung eines Citizen Science Projekts.

Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Wirtschaft, 49

Hofer, A; Steininger, S; Eisenberger, I; (2018): Citizen-Science-Projekte datenschutzkonform gestalten - ein Leitfaden (Teil 1).

Datenschutz Konkret, 4/2018, 76-78; ISSN 2313-5409

Schauppenlehner, T., Eder, R., Eisenberger, I., Hofer, A. Gabriel, S. (2017): Lehmbau im Weinviertel: Weiterentwicklung von Methoden und Werkzeugen aus Wissenschaftsschulkooperationen zur Implementierung eines Citizen Science Projekts.

Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Wirtschaft, 27 FullText

Schauppenlehner, T., Eder, R., Muhar, A., Hofer, A., Eisenberger, I., Feiglstofer, H. (2017): Lehmbau im Weinviertel: Weiterentwicklung von Methoden und Werkzeugen aus Wissenschaft-Schulkooperationen zur Implementierung eines Citizen Science Projekts .

Finanziert von: Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Wirtschaft , 21


Ressar, K; Schauppenlehner, T; Eder, R (2018): Earth Construction in the Weinviertel - A Citizen Science approach.

OeAD - Citizen Science ExpertInnenpanel; Projektvorstellung, 25.04.2018, Vienna, AUSTRIA

Schauppenlehner, T. (2018): Lehmbau und Citizen Science: Potentiale, Hürden und Synergieeffekte aus Sicht von Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft.

Symposium “Lehmbau und Forschung”, APRIL, 20 2018, Vienna, AUSTRIA

Schauppenlehner, T., Eder, R. Ressar, K. (2018): Kulturlandschaft im Wandel: Traditionelles Landschaftsbild, Nutzungsansprüche, Herausforderungen.

Symposium Kulturlandschaftz Kellergassen Weinviertel, OCT. 26.-28, 2018, Poysdorf

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