In September last year the 3rd International Conference of the Internet Sciences took place in Florence, Italy. I had the chance to present some work my fellow researchers (Calkin Suero Montero and Massimo Menichinelli) did on concepts and terminologies used by the Maker movement. You can find links to the paper, the presentation and the conference website below this posting if the topic interests you!
The work I presented was part of the MAKE-IT project which in turn is part of the CAPS program – one of the most interesting and exiting streams of activities I have seen in Horizon 2020. Technologies such as fabrication tools typical for the Maker movement as well as sharing platforms are researched not only to evaluate their technological capabilities but also to better understand and promote their potential to be used as essential ingredients to solutions which are more mindful of our use of resources.
The Internet Science Conference was a perfect place to show how broadly the term ‘resources’ should be applied. Of course, makers use and re-use materials and potential changes to distribution networks may reduce fuel consumption and CO2 production. However, the Internet Science Conference showed that human attention is a scarce resource as well that needs to be managed wisely as is privacy, a resource often not missed until we are confronted with the consequences (e.g. some aggregated but incomplete data taken from our digital footprint lead to a completely wrong depiction of ourselves). In that sense the conference presented many valuable opportunities for exchanging views on issues we shared in our respective projects (e.g. analyzing community data) but approached them from different perspectives.
All in all 12 interesting CAPS projects shared their views on a wide range of topics such as peer production and distributed governance, user control of personal data, bottom-up networking, free and open source and monitoring the impact of public outreach campaigns.
These projects were present at the conference
- CAPSELLA www.capsella.eu
- P2P Value www.p2pvalue.eu
- DECARBONET www.decarbonet.eu
- DSI4EU digitalsocial.eu
- MAKE-IT make-it.io
- netCommons www.netcommons.eu
- Wikirate www.wikirate.org
- hackAir www.hackair.eu
- SciCafe2.0 www.scicafe2-0.eu
- PROFIT projectprofit.eu
- OPENCARE opencare.cc
- NEXTLEAP nextleap.eu
The paper has was published in the proceedings of the conference, you can find a pre-print copy here below (together with my presentation), on the Publications page and on ResearchGate.