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MAZI

MAZI means “together” in Greek and project aims to provide technology and knowledge to:

  1. Empower those who are in physical proximity, to shape their hybrid urban space, together, according to the specificities of the respective local environment.
  2. Generate location-based collective awareness as a basis for fostering social cohesion, conviviality, participation in decision-making processes, self-organization, knowledge sharing, and sustainable living.
  3. Facilitate interdisciplinary interactions around the design of hybrid space and the role of ICTs in society.

The aims are being achieved by the project partners:

  • Collaboratively developing a DIY Networking toolkit for the easy construction and deployment of a MAZI zone
  • Running real-life experimentation through four pilots, each bringing together publics toward a collective awareness of localities and enrichment of MAZI toolkit.
  • Facilitating interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary interactions around MAZI toolkit and important questions around the role of ICTs in everyday life.
  • Actively contributing towards the wider community that are promoting and studying the use of DIY Networking as the main infrastructure for location-based collective awareness.

We are currently carrying out the following activities:

  • Exploring the state of the art and deployed initial experimental MAZI zones using existing free software applications.
  • Using participatory design to target suitable applications and appropriate customization options to include in the second version of the MAZI toolkit.
  • Developing a framework for interdisciplinary comparisons, aimed at extracting information about the context, language, discourse and modus operandi of the partners in charge of the different pilots. 

We anticipate the project will have an impact at the scientific, innovation and societal/social innovation level.  Specifically, we anticipate being able to:

  • Demonstrate how effective local autonomous networks can be for generating location-based collective awareness.
  • Find ways of sharing data so it informs understandings of techno-social issues, opening up the evidence-based decision-making that normally is kept private and used for commercial objectives.
  • Demonstrate how internet-based collaborative concepts can complement collective problem solving and knowledge sharing to find democratic solutions for social and sustainability challenges.

Project team members:

Contact name and email address:

Mark Gaved (Principal Investigator), E: mark.gaved@open.ac.uk  

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