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Making Sense

Objective

The raise of Fab Labs and maker spaces are creating new opportunities for citizen-driven innovation in a myriad domains ranging from open hardware to digital fabrication, community informatics, and participatory sensing. In the past five years, the broad availability of open hardware tools, the creation of online data sharing platforms, and access to maker spaces have fostered the design of low cost and open source sensors that independent communities of citizens can appropriate to engage in environmental action. By collectively measuring and making sense of changes in environmental phenomena citizens can become aware of how their lifestyle affects the ecosystem and be inspired to adopt more sustainable behaviours at the individual and community levels.

Making Sense will show how open source software, open source hardware, digital maker practices and open design can be effectively used by local communities to appropriate their own technological sensing tools, make sense of their environments and address pressing environmental problems in air, water, soil and sound pollution. To achieve this, the project will develop a Making Sense Toolkit based on the Smart Citizen platform for bottom up citizen science, developed at Fab Lab Barcelona. The toolkit will be tested in pilots in Amsterdam, Barcelona and Prishtina, aimed at deepening our understanding on the processes enabling collective awareness. Based on the pilots, we will develop a conceptual and methodological framework for participatory environmental maker practices. It will show how to provide citizens and communities with appropriate tools to enhance their everyday environmental awareness, to enable active intervention in their surroundings, and to change their individual and collective practices. And finally we will develop will develop a scientifically informed framework for citizen co-inquiry and action towards hands-on transformation of their surroundings.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/environmental sciences/pollution

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2015
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

STICHTING WAAG SOCIETY
Address
Nieuwmarkt 4
1012 CR Amsterdam
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 368 612,50

Participants (5)

UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 300 412
Address
Nethergate
DD1 4HN Dundee
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT D'ARQUITECTURA AVANCADA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 358 125
Address
Carrer Pujades 102
08005 Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 294 687,50
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
RRJETI EDUKATOREVE BASHKEMOSHATAR
Kosovo
EU contribution
€ 211 250
Address
Rexhep Mala 5/A (Pen)
10000 Prishtina
Activity type
Other
UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 14 687,50
Address
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments