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Digital Do It Yourself

Objective

Digital do it yourself (DiDIY) is a new socio-technological phenomenon in which the widespread availability of digital devices supporting the convergence of physical and informational components and the growing accessibility of knowledge and data through open online communities presage scenarios in which the distinction between users and producers of physical artefacts is fuzzy and new opportunities and threats emerge. DiDIY-related technologies and social practices amplify the creativity and skills of individuals who affordably develop digitally self-made objects, e.g., unique-by-design objects designed by 3D modelling software and generated by 3D printers or networked smart objects equipped with microcontrollers dealing with context information via sensors and actuators. Two network effects catalyse DiDIY: what is custom produced by an individual could be the outcome of contributions from a world-wide community of developers sharing their interest towards open innovation, thus operating as knowledge multiplier; what is made available here and now by a smart object could be the aggregation of signals from a set of sources in the network, thus operating as information extender.
In this (presumed) industrial revolution the project aims at:
* setting a conceptual framework to explore the impact of DiDIY,
* producing information, models and guidelines to support education and policy making on DiDIY that, while enabled by technology, should be driven by social and cultural strategies.
The project will study how DiDIY is
* reshaping organization and work, education and research,
* impacting on social and legal systems
* changing creative design and ethics.
The development of a systemic interpretation is the challenge for the multidisciplinary project team, which will collaboratively explore a complex phenomenon with implications on identity, privacy, reputation, responsibility and safety and will offer a roadmap fostering a DiDIY-based human-centric European development.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITA' CARLO CATTANEO - LIUC

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Corso Matteotti 22
21053 Castellanza

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 497 033,75

Participants (6)

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THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER LBG

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 223 928,75

AB.ACUS SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 316 000

THE MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 249 175

STICHTING FREE KNOWLEDGE INSTITUTE

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 318 750

Amerikaniko Kollegio Anatolia

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 229 687,50

POLITECNICO DI MILANO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 247 192,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 644344

  • Start date

    1 January 2015

  • End date

    30 June 2017

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 081 767,50

  • EU contribution

    € 2 081 767,50

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITA' CARLO CATTANEO - LIUC

Italy