Towards a data commons

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Text originally published with Mayo Fuster for CCBLab on 15/10/2018 [versió català / versión castellano] The platform economy, a form of peer-to-peer, collaborative or sharing economy, can adopt very diverse models, which pose new challenges for society as well as new opportunities. From the commons models of free software communities or Wikipedia, based on the shared governance of communities, open knowledge and social responsibility, to the extractivist models of Uber or Deliveroo, with a form of governance that follows an extractivist logic, with closed technology and causing disruptive impacts, at the same time generating considerable controversies (like that seen recently in […]

New article – Match-funding as a formula for crowdfunding

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Since crowdfunding first appeared, and with the proliferation of platforms in recent years, various systems and formulas of operation have appeared within the general crowdfunding model. One such system, still in its early days, is match-funding (co-funding between citizens and institutions), which permits public and private organizations to double financial contributions for projects from individual users. This paper focuses on the Goteo.org platform, a pioneer in the international development of this model. The advantages and impact of this method of crowdfunding compared to the traditional method is analyzed using data collected on the behavior in 14 match-funding calls for projects […]

New article – Management of a multidisciplinary research project

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Agile methods, initially used by cross-functional teams in software development projects, can also facilitate teamwork in collaborative research processes. For this, project management-related issues need to be addressed, including the challenge of finding practical means for coordinating scientific collaboration, while garnering commitment from all participants. This article explores the utilisation of agile methods by a semi-distributed scientific team, for coordinating a multidisciplinary research project. It examines how these methods can contribute to task coordination in scientific research and highlights key factors for successful adoption of the agile framework in collaborative research projects. Data are collected from a research team, after […]

Participation at OpenSym 2018 conference

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Adaptation of text originally published at Dimmons on 27/08/2018  Last week from Dimmons we had the opportunity to participate at the OpenSym18 conference in Paris, the international symposium dedicated to open collaboration research and practice. We were presenting our work in two different areas related to the collaborative economy. On the one hand, we presented an analysis of technological and knowledge practices and their implications for the platform governance of of collaborative digital platforms, based on a sample of 100 cases in Barcelona (a poster authored by Ricard Espelt and Mayo Fuster). On the other one, an analysis of match-funding […]

How to write collaboratively

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Post originally published at Giorgos Kallis’ blog How to write an academic paper on 28/03/2018 We scientists often write together. Most published papers have two, three or many co-authors. Yet, there is little systematization or teaching on how to write together – no lists of good practices, no manuals, no courses, in most Universities at least. For early career researchers, like myself, this is a huge problem. How does one start writing a paper with others? Experienced researchers have taught themselves how to work with others, ‘learning by doing’. But they rarely reflect on what works well and what does […]

New article – Collaborative online writing and techno-social communities of practice around the Commons

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Teixidora.net is an informative, participatory initiative in the Barcelona area, which arose from a desire to follow the intense activity around the local commons and technosocial issues. Emphasising ethical and emancipatory viewpoints and encouraging criticism, Teixidora fosters debate, thought and knowledge. It is also a tool (with a digital semantic wiki platform at its centre) conceived to apply collaborative live-writing in events based on community mapping, engagement and participation. Analysing Teixidora’s participation in three specific events during its first year of existence, the article applies Foth and Hearn’s (2007) communication ecology framework to Teixidora. Through observational analysis and other conceptual […]

New article – Participatory design of citizen science experiments

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This article describes and analyzes the collaborative design of a citizen science research project through cocreation. Three groups of secondary school students and a team of scientists conceived three experiments on human behavior and social capital in urban and public spaces. The study goal is to address how interdisciplinary work and attention to social concerns and needs, as well as the collective construction of research questions, can be integrated into scientific research. The 95 students participating in the project answered a survey to evaluate their perception about the dynamics and tools used in the cocreation process of each experiment, and […]

The same genealogical tree of Agile and action research

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What’s the connection between Agile and action research principles? This blog post focuses on the relatively unknown relationship between principles of Agile for team-based project development and the long and dense tradition of action research. It’s based on a series of readings, practices and observations during my PhD about Agile and co-design for collaborative research processes (with support from Dimmons and a CECAN Fellowship), where I try to describe in parallel to case studies and paper writing some of the relevant findings and reflections I find. Action research implies a highly participatory and iterative approach to the concept of research, […]

Testing new materials and dynamics for co-created projects

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Last week was very active for Dimmons with our participation facilitating different workshops, where we had the opportunity to advance in a first version of a platform cooperativism toolkit. Following our collaboration with La Comunificadora, the incubation project of commons collaborative economy initiatives promoted by Barcelona Activa and coordinated by the Free Knowledge Institute, we organized a co-creation session around the LliureTIC project. In that case we prepared a dynamic and materials to identify and discuss among different actors and organizations of the free/libre software sector in Barcelona experiences of products and services, as well as common needs that a collective entity around them could help […]

“Rethinking Research” unconference at Coventry University

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This week I participated in the unconference Rethinking Research (Disrupting and Challenging Research Practices) organized by the Center for Research Capability and Development at Coventry University. Inspired by publications such as The Slow Professor (Berg and Seeber, 2016), The Academic Book of the Future (Lyons and Rayner, 2016), or Creativity and the Knowledge Economy (Peters and Marginson, 2008), the meeting proposed an intense one-day program in which to rethink the role of researchers, new dynamics of generating and sharing knowledge and working in academic institutions. There I facilitated a session on Agile adoption for research processes, around my PhD project, based on case analysis and interviews around working groups in CECAN, Dimmons and […]