Crowdfunding and SDGs open data to accelerate knowledge about sustainability and citizen participation

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Text originally published with Mayo Fuster for Springer Nature on 30/04/2020 In a still early context of releasing open research data in the Social Sciences, we present the results of a pioneering initiative that unites action research and open knowledge, developed in collaboration between the Dimmons research group of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and the Goteo civic crowdfunding initiative. It consists in a detailed dataset and its corresponding data descriptor in Scientific Data, containing various statistical details on 487 campaigns on Goteo.org that followed various crowdfunding modalities, in parallel to its relationship with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. For this, through a process […]

Identifying uncertainties in transcribed historical recipes: two steps approach to co-creation and research software development

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Text originally published for ProvideDH on 10/02/2020 How can uncertainties regarding specific historical knowledge be identified, annotated and shared among researchers and citizen scientists? To what extent can an “hybrid” methodology connecting co-creation principles and software development be made for meaningful learning and knowledge sharing processes? These questions guided the first uncertainties workshop between the ProvideDH team and the Gastrosophie project, which among other things focuses on the volunteer-based transcription of digitized corpora of recipes from different periods of times (specially handwritten manuscripts) in Austrian German language. Introduction and Context The workshop was preceded by a short presentation from the […]

PhD defense and thesis publication: Co-creation for transdisciplinarity – Adoption of participatory design and agile project management in collaborative research processes

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After an exciting and intense journey that started in early 2016, I finally defended my thesis dissertation last 3rd of December 2019 at the Sala Josep Laporte of the main headquarters of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. It was a great day and challenging session where I had the privilege to count with Mario Pérez Montoro (Universitat de Barcelona), Isabel Ruiz-Mallén (IN3-UOC) and Joan Subirats (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) as defense committee, as well as a great audience of family, friends and colleagues for such a special moment). Here’s a short summary video (mainly in Spanish and Catalan) recorded by […]

New article – Co-designed strategic planning and agile project management in academia: case study of an action research group

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Strategic planning, a standard activity for project management in different areas and types of organisations, can contribute to improving the dynamics of collaboration in academia, and specifically in research processes. This paper joins the still scarce studies on strategic planning within research groups, contributing to the field of both team science and organisational management from a social sciences perspective and “strategy-as-practice” paradigm. Through the case study of an action research group, after the experimental co-creation of its long-term strategy involving different participatory design methodologies, we quantitatively analyze how this process influenced communication and group relations, both internally and in relation […]

Co-creation materials on SDGs and digital futures tested at European Researchers Night

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Text originally published with Thomas Palfinger and Eveline Wandl-Vogt for Ars Electronica on 07/10/2019 Ars Electronica Research Institute knowledge for humanity hub (k4h+) in collaboration with exploration space (at) ACDH (at) the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Social City Vienna and Knowledge City Vienna invited to participate in an experiment at the Vienna edition of the European Researchers Night 2019. We offered the opportunity to test with us the first edition of a series of co-creation tools we are currently developing in the framework of the project of exploreAT!, focused around the need to connect the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with perceptions about digital futures. For this […]

New article – Mapping uncertainty around research data: a Digital Humanities transdisciplinary perspective adopting the Johari window

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In the current context of the Digital Humanities, it is each time more necessary to investigate and advance in the generation of knowledge through the analysis of large volumes of data and visualizations. On the other hand, as in many academic fields, the value of different perspectives in the research process is progressively recognized, integrating not only diverse disciplines but also the knowledge from non-academic roles. At the confluence of these two emerging paradigms, the uncertainty surrounding the data, information and knowledge generated by data visualization and transdisciplinarity approaches represents a methodological and a technical challenge. Through complementary methods of […]

Complexity and uncertainty in Digital Humanities projects: a co-design approach around data visualisation

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Text originally published with Eveline Wandl-Vogt and Roberto Theron for ProvideDH on 13/07/2019 In the context of the PROVIDEDH project (PROgressive VIsual DEcision-Making in Digital Humanities), and amidst the important and still emerging study of uncertainty in DH research (Therón et al., 2018), during the DH2019 conference in Utrecht as members of the PROVIDEDH team we organised a day-long, hands-on workshop with the Exploration Space team of the ACDH Austrian Academy of Sciences and the VisUsal research group of the University of Salamanca.  The session consisted of a series of short presentations, addressing topics like data visualization in DH, Open Innovation for transdisciplinary research or uncertainty in the DH […]

New article – Adapting the scrum framework for agile project management in science

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This article explores the adoption of agile methods for the management of projects in collaborative research initiatives. The use of the scrum framework, a specific set of agile principles and practices for self-organizing cross-functional teams in software development projects, is currently being expanded to other types of organizations and knowledge management processes. The study addresses the extent to which key principles and tools usually used in scrum, due to their potentially positive influence on team dynamics and efficiency, can contribute to the collaborative management and coordination of tasks in research processes. The responses from interviews with 17 researchers, as well […]

(des)vestim(la): Art and responsible consumption

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Text originally published with Ricard Espelt for CCBLab on 04/02/2019 [versió català / versión castellano] Between art, research and data there is a broad and meaningful space for actions that, based on an inspiring theme, can activate collective creativity. What happens when different techniques and philosophies for the co-creation of knowledge lead us – once again, since that is where they originate – to the terrain of artistic creation, with the desire to generate reflection and extend an invitation to action typical of activism? Midway between action-research and artistic intervention, a group of interdisciplinary specialists came together at El Konvent […]

Ciència procomú i governança

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Text original publicat pel fanzine “Acció política + Design Justice” de la Hackató de Ciència Ciutadana de Barcelona el 02/02/2019 Una de les possibles maneres de veure i entendre diferents paradigmes de participació ciutadana actuals en la ciència i la recerca, alhora que la seva vinculació amb polítiques públiques de ciutat, és des del prisma del Commons o “procomú”. Una mirada que ens permeti enfocar alhora el coneixement que es genera, el seu impacte social (més enllà de l’impacte acadèmic “per se”) i quins són els actors que hi participen en la seva gestació i desenvolupament. Si, per una banda, […]