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Over the past ten years, the Internet has revolutionised and democratised communications to a certain point. These powerful tools provided by ICT software and hardware are completely changing the way we make tangible and intangible goods. Nowadays, virtually everybody with Internet access can create digital content composed of virtual bits and make it available to everyone else instantly, no matter who they are or where they live. Now, the same thing is happening to manufacturing as the access to tools like 3D printers and laser cutters is increasing. As a result, these intangible goods or virtual bits which can be shared globally, can be turned to physical objects or atoms which manifest themselves locally. This is making the interface between the virtual world and the physical world blur if not disappear. As a shorthand term, this transformation from bits to atoms is being called the Maker movement.

The overall objective of the MAKE-IT project is to understand the role of Collective Awareness Platforms (CAPS) in enabling the growth and governance of the Maker movement, particularly in relation to using and creating social innovations and achieving sustainability. The results of this research will help to understand the uses and impacts of CAPS in different contexts, as well as of the Maker movement itself.

To understand how the role and impact of CAPS approaches the Maker movement, MAKE-IT will undertake multidisciplinary research in different fields including: behavioural studies, social psychology, sociology, management information systems, economics, environmental science, technological impact and governance issues. MAKE-IT will focus the research specifically on the role of CAPS in:

  1. how maker communities are organised and governed;
  2. what maker participants do and how they behave;
  3. the various ways this impacts on and adds value to society.

MAKE-IT is an Horizon 2020 project:

Call Horizon 2020 – ICT 10 – 2015: Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation
Scope 10b. Multidisciplinary research on collective awareness platforms (Internet Science)
Type of action H2020: Research and Innovation Actions (RIA)
Topics Sustainability, Social Innovation, Manufacturing, Governance, Collaborative Behaviour, Value Creation, Action Research
Project start 1st January 2016
Duration 24 months
Grant agreement 688241
More information on CAPS https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/collective-awareness


The participants in the MAKE-ITproject are organisations with experience in Making and Research:

No Participant organisation name Short name Country Nature
01 Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek TNO Netherlands Research
02 Teknologisk Institut DTI Denmark Research/Maker
03 Zentrum für Soziale Innovation ZSI Austria Research
04 Technische Universität Dortmund TUDO Germany Research
05 The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) | Fab Lab Barcelona IAAC Spain Research/Maker
06 Fab Lab Zagreb FLZ Croatia Maker
07 Happylab GmbH HLW Austria Maker
08 Sihtasutus Teaduskeskus AHHAA AHHAA Estonia Maker
09 Create it REAL ApS CIR Denmark Maker

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The structure of the Work Plan of MAKE-IT.
The structure of the Work Plan of MAKE-IT.

MAKE-IT aims to study Maker communities across Europe from multiple angles in order to get a clearer understanding how collaborative platforms work. To do so, the MAKE-IT project will adopt an open and participatory approach. Overall the project will have three partly overlapping phases: conceptual investigation (Phase 1), participatory exploration (Phase 2) and CAPS implications (Phase 3). Following a participatory approach throughout the project, all phases will be based on research partnerships involving multiple actors, combining scientific methods with knowledge from practitioners as experts in the field.

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In order to maximise the impact of MAKE-IT, the project will address a model of the quadruple helix model of multi- stakeholder collaboration based on four types of actors. These four types are crucial to the success of the social innovative and collaborative processes they are involved in, and include:

    1. Civil society actors (communities, associations, …)
    2. Research, facilitation and consultation actors (research entities or networks, …)
    3. Policy makers in the directly affected fields (education, research, social, technology, …)
    4. Economy actors (social entrepreneurs, funding and support networks, …)

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MAKE-IT will produce several documents that communicate the plan and the implementations of its actions, called deliverables. They will be published online as soon as they will be ready, and you will be able to read online or download them from the specific page.

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