The emergence of urban makerspaces

Abstract: The criticism on the smart city is used as a starting point to highlight the promises of makerspaces, that is to say, those emerging urban sites that promote sharing practices; exercise community-based forms of governance; and utilize localized manufacturing technologies. A bird’s-eye-view of the history of makerspaces is provided tracing their roots back to ...

Ecotourism, education and 3d printing

In line with the “3Ducation project” (2013) which was a three-month project implemented in two high schools of Ioannina city (Greece), we establish our cooperation with the Social Cooperative Enterprise “Ecomuseum Zagori” through an educational Erasmus+ summer program. Through a one month stay, students from Portugal will be trained on binding together ecotourism and distributed ...

Policy recommendations for a commons-based society

Special issue for the Journal of Peer Production: “Policies for the Commons“, co-edited by George Dafermos & Vasilis Kostakis.

Commons-based peer production and digital fabrication: The case of a RepRap-based, Lego-built 3D printing-milling machine

Through the case of the RepRap-based, Lego-built three-dimensional (3D) printing-milling machine, this paper sets out to discuss and illustrate two points: First, on a theoretical level, that modularity, not only in terms of development process but also of hardware components, can catalyze commons-based peer production’s (CBPP) replication for tangible products enabling social experimentation and learning. ...

The 3Ducation project

This research project attempts to examine to what extent the technological capabilities of open source 3D printing could serve as a means of learning and communication. The learning theory of constructionism is used as a theoretical framework in creating an experimental educational scenario focused on 3D design and printing. In this paper, we document our ...

Public information as a commons

This essay deals with a new understanding of the public character of information, based on the alternative modes of property that came to the fore with the advent of commons-based peer production and the information commons. The case of the ERT digital archive is used to highlight the tension between the traditional understanding of state/public property ...