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Understanding Collective Awareness Platforms with the Maker Movement

Objective

Powerful tools provided by ICT software and hardware have revolutionised and, many would claim, democratised publishing, broadcasting and communications. Now, the same is happening to manufacturing as tangible objects are created and designed as virtual ‘bits’ which can be shared globally, but then reproduced as things which manifest themselves locally. This is the maker movement.

MAKE-IT will study maker communities, both through ten different case studies and innovation action research, to enhance their use of Collective Awareness Platforms (CAPs). CAPs support maker communities and networks to innovate, design and make physical products based on peer collaboration and sharing. MAKE-IT, in which key maker platforms, technology firms and citizen communities participate, will focus on three perspectives: organisation and governance of the communities, their peer and collaborative activities and behaviour, and their economic and societal value and impact. Together, the findings will inform recommendations for the maker movement itself, and its implementation through CAPs, and be made assessable to many other CAPs uses, in areas like health, education and transport. MAKE-IT will also offer strategic advice for industry and give recommendations for national-level and European policy makers.

A better understanding of how CAPs are central to the maker movement will enable more sustainable production and consumption patterns by generating awareness and by leveraging peer pressure for better lifestyles through behavioural and system change. It will also contribute directly to constructing a more circular economy by stimulating resource efficiency, re-using materials and energy, and re-designing production processes to move towards zero waste. CAPs-supported maker communities can create new types of jobs and new ways of working, both bottom-up and linking to smart industry, which are widely distributed across society both geographically and amongst the population.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2015
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 573 239,25

Participants (8)

TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUT
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 416 193,75
Address
Gregersensvej 1
2630 Taastrup
Activity type
Research Organisations
ZENTRUM FUR SOZIALE INNOVATION GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 354 358,75
Address
Linke Wienzeile 246
1150 Wien
Activity type
Research Organisations
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DORTMUND
Germany
EU contribution
€ 238 802,50
Address
August Schmidt Strasse 4
44227 Dortmund
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT D'ARQUITECTURA AVANCADA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 184 693,75
Address
Carrer Pujades 102
08005 Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
FABLAB UDRUGA ZA POMICANJE DIGITALNE FABRIKACIJE
Croatia
EU contribution
€ 49 282,50
Address
Ilica 69
10000 Zagreb
Activity type
Research Organisations
HAPPYLAB GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 73 217,50
Address
Haussteinstrasse 4/2
1020 Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SIHTASUTUS TEADUSKESKUS AHHAA
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 34 357,50
Address
Sadama 1
51004 Tartu
Activity type
Other
CREATE IT REAL APS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 75 717,50
Address
Goettrupvej 66
9220 Aalborg Ost
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)