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A DIY networking toolkit for location-based collective awareness

Objective

Do-It-Yourself networking refers to a conceptual approach to the use of low-cost hardware and wireless technology in deploying local communication networks that can operate independently from the Internet, owned and controlled by local actors. MAZI means “together” in Greek and MAZI [http://mazizone.eu] invests in this paradigm of technology-supported networking, as a means to bring closer together those living in physical proximity. Through an experienced interdisciplinary consortium, MAZI delivers a DIY networking toolkit that offers tools and guidelines for the easy deployment and customization of local networks and services. MAZI toolkit is designed to take advantage of particular characteristics of DIY networking: the de facto physical proximity between those connected; the increased privacy and autonomy; and the inclusive access. Such characteristics are used to promote information exchanges that can develop the location-based collective awareness, as a basis for fostering social cohesion, conviviality, knowledge sharing, and sustainable living. To achieve this objective, MAZI brings together partners from different disciplines: computer networks, urban planning and interdisciplinary studies, human-computer interaction, community informatics, and design research. These academic partners will collaborate closely with four community partners to ensure that MAZI toolkit benefits from the grounded experience of citizen engagement. MAZI draws from the diverse mix of competencies of its consortium to develop a transdisciplinary research framework, which will guide a series of long-term pilot studies in a range of environments, and enhanced by cross-fertilization events. The main goal of this process, and measure of success, is establishing DIY networking as a mainstream technology for enabling the development of collective awareness between those in physical proximity, and the development of surrounding research and theorizing of this approach.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/information engineering/telecommunications/telecommunications network
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/internet
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2015
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

PANEPISTIMIO THESSALIAS
Address
Argonafton Filellinon
38221 Volos
Greece
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 318 750

Participants (8)

NETHOOD
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Limmatstrasse 209
8005 Zurich
Activity type
Other
EDINBURGH NAPIER UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 257 250
Address
Colinton Road 219
EH14 1DJ Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAT DER KUNSTE BERLIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 234 875
Address
Einsteinufer 43-53
10587 Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE OPEN UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 237 015
Address
Walton Hall
MK7 6AA Milton Keynes
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SLACKTIVIST LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 116 250
Address
Borough Hall Royal Hill
SE10 8RE London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INURA ZURICH INSTITUT GMBH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Hardturmstrasse 261
8005 Zurich
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
COMMON GROUNDS EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 93 750
Address
Dresdener Str. 119
10999 Berlin
Activity type
Other
UNMONASTERY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 95 000
Address
The Apex 2 Sheriffs Orchard
CV1 3PP Coventry
Activity type
Other