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Making Sense

Making Sense

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Project "Making Sense" data sheet

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Organization address
address: NIEUWMARKT 4
postcode: 1012 CR

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙547˙774 €
 EC max contribution 1˙547˙774 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.2.1.1. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies - Information and Communication Technologies (ICT))
 Code Call H2020-ICT-2015
 Funding Scheme RIA
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-11-01   to  2017-12-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    STICHTING WAAG SOCIETY NL (AMSTERDAM) coordinator 368˙612.00
3    UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE UK (DUNDEE) participant 300˙412.00
6    UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE NL (ENSCHEDE) participant 14˙687.00


 Project 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.


List of deliverables.
Report on toolkit resources, meth-ods for actiona-bility and evalu-ation of findings from data Documents, reports 2019-05-30 14:10:07
Documentation on activities in Prishtina Documents, reports 2019-05-30 14:10:00
Report and assessment of im-pact and policy outcomes using community level indicators Documents, reports 2019-05-30 14:10:11
A documentary on the pilots and results Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-05-30 14:10:00
Report and evaluation of the pilot approaches to ‘making sense campaigns’ Documents, reports 2019-05-30 14:10:07
Documentation on activities in Barcelona Documents, reports 2019-05-30 14:10:15
Report on impact assessment and recommendations Documents, reports 2019-05-30 14:10:07
Open Research Data Pilot Open Research Data Pilot 2019-05-30 14:10:06
Documentation on Toolkit add-ons Documents, reports 2019-05-30 14:10:02
Final Report Documents, reports 2019-05-30 14:10:00
Documentation on activities in Amsterdam Documents, reports 2019-05-30 14:10:16
Recommendations for community level indicators Documents, reports 2019-05-30 14:25:01
\"Report \"\"Mapping the landscape of environmental monitoring in Europe\"\"\" Documents, reports 2019-05-30 14:24:55
Recommenda-tions and guide-lines for engaging communities with agencies and policy bodies Documents, reports 2019-05-30 14:24:52
Guidelines on participatory ap-proach and train-ing co-design workshops Documents, reports 2019-05-30 14:24:52
Documentation of local needs Documents, reports 2019-05-30 14:24:56
Dissemination and communication plan Documents, reports 2019-05-30 14:25:03
Documentation on firmware to integrate sensors Documents, reports 2019-05-30 14:24:58
Online technical toolkit Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-05-30 14:25:06

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of Making Sense deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Coulson, Saskia; Woods, Melanie; Scott, Michelle; Hemment, Drew.
Making Sense : Empowering community action with participatory sensing through design.
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2017 Balestrini M., Seiz G., Peña L.L., Camprodon G.
Onboarding Communities to the IoT
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2018 Fazey, Ioan; Schäpke, Niko; Caniglia, Guido; Patterson, James; Hultman, Johan; van Mierlo, Barbara; Säwe, Filippa; Wiek, Arnim; Wittmayer, Julia; Aldunce, Paulina; Al Waer, Husam; Battacharya, Nandini; Bradbury, Hilary; Carmen, Esther; Colvin, John; Cvitanovic, Christopher; D\'Souza, Marcella; Gopel, Maja; Goldstein, Bruce; Hämäläinen, Timo; Harper, Gavin; Henfry, Tom; Hodgson, Anthony; Howden, Mark S.; Kerr, Andy; Klaes, Matthias; Lyon, Christopher; Midgley, Gerald; Moser, Susanne; Mukherjee, Nandan; Müller, Karl; O\'Brien, Karen; O\'Connell, Deborah A.; Olsson, Per; Page, Glenn; Reed, Mark S.; Searle, Beverley; Silvestri, Giorgia; Spaiser, Viktoria; Strasser, Tim; Tschakert, Petra; Uribe-Calvo, Natalia; Waddell, Steve; Rao-Williams, Jennifer; Wise, Russell; Wolstenholme, Ruth; Woods, Mel; Wyborn, Carina.
Ten essentials for action-oriented and second order energy transitions, transformations and climate change research.
published pages: p. 54-70, ISSN: 2214-6296, DOI:
Energy Research and Social Science Vol. 40, 01.06.2018 2019-06-18
2017 Scott, Michelle; Coulson, Saskia; Woods, Melanie
Making Sense: Advances and Experiments in Participatory Sensing
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2015 Balestrini, M., Diez, T., Kresin, F.
From Participatory Sensing to Making Sense. Proceedings of the Workshop ” Environmental Infrastructures and Platforms 2015 – Infrastructures and Platforms for Environmental Crowd Sensing and Big Data co-located with the European Citizen Science Association General Assembly 2015 (ECSA GA’2015).
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