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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.

Coordinator

PANEPISTIMIO THESSALIAS
Net EU contribution
€ 318 750,00
Address
Argonafton Filellinon
38221 Volos
Greece

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Μαγνησία Θεσσαλία Κεντρική Ελλάδα
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00

Participants (8)

NETHOOD
Switzerland
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€ 0,00
Address
Limmatstrasse 209
8005 Zurich

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Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Zürich Zürich
Activity type
Other
Other funding
€ 341 250,00
EDINBURGH NAPIER UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 257 250,00
Address
Colinton Road 219
EH14 1DJ Edinburgh

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Eastern Scotland Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITAT DER KUNSTE BERLIN
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 234 875,00
Address
Einsteinufer 43-53
10587 Berlin

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Berlin Berlin Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00
THE OPEN UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 237 015,00
Address
Walton Hall
MK7 6AA Milton Keynes

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South East (England) Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Milton Keynes
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
SLACKTIVIST LIMITED
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 116 250,00
Address
Borough Hall Royal Hill
SE10 8RE London

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
London Outer London — East and North East Bexley and Greenwich
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 0,00
INURA ZURICH INSTITUT GMBH
Switzerland
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€ 0,00
Address
Hardturmstrasse 261
8005 Zurich

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Zürich Zürich
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 152 500,00
COMMON GROUNDS EV
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 93 750,00
Address
Dresdener Str. 119
10999 Berlin

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Berlin Berlin Berlin
Activity type
Other
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€ 0,00
UNMONASTERY
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 95 000,00
Address
The Apex 2 Sheriffs Orchard
CV1 3PP Coventry

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
West Midlands (England) West Midlands Coventry
Activity type
Other
Other funding
€ 0,00