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Seeking togetherness: moving toward a comparative evaluation framework in an interdisciplinary DIY networking project

Davies, G. and Gaved, M. (2017). Seeking togetherness: moving toward a comparative evaluation framework in an interdisciplinary DIY networking project. In: Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Communities and Technologies (C&T '17), Association for Computing Machinery, pp. 96–99.

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There is renewed interest in community networks as a mechanism for local neighbourhoods to find their voice and maintain local ownership of knowledge. In a post-Snowden, big data, age of austerity there is both widespread questioning of what happens to public generated data shared over ‘free’ services such as Facebook, and also a renewed focus on self-provisioning where there are gaps in digital service provision. In this paper we introduce an EU funded collaborative project (‘MAZI’) that is exploring how Do-It-Yourself approaches to building community networks might foster social cohesion, knowledge sharing and sustainable living through four pilots across Europe. A key challenge is to develop a shared evaluation approach that will allow us to make sense of what we are learning across highly diverse local situations and disciplinary approaches. In this paper we describe our initial approaches and the challenges we face.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2017 Association for Computing Machinery
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
MAZI, H2020-ICT-2015687983EU Horizon2020
Keywords: Community networking; evaluation; interdisciplinarity; participatory action
Academic Unit/School: Other Departments > Research and Academic Strategy
Other Departments
Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
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Item ID: 49397
Depositing User: Mark Gaved
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2017 10:35
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2019 10:46
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