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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.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/law
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/data processing
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/automation and control systems/home automation

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2014-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA' CARLO CATTANEO - LIUC
Address
Corso Matteotti 22
21053 Castellanza
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 497 033,75

Participants (6)

THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 223 928,75
Address
Regent Street 309
W1B 2UW London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AB.ACUS SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 316 000
Address
Via Francesco Caracciolo 77
20155 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THE MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 249 175
Address
Oxford Road All Saints Building
M15 6BH Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STICHTING FREE KNOWLEDGE INSTITUTE
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 318 750
Address
Cruquiuskade 219
1018 AM Amsterdam
Activity type
Research Organisations
Amerikaniko Kollegio Anatolia
Greece
EU contribution
€ 229 687,50
Address
Leoforos Kennedy
55535 Pylaia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 247 192,50
Address
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments