Dundee team to help local communities Make Sense of the environment

MakingSenseConsortiumMaking Sense is an EU H2020 funded project that seeks to empower citizens through personal digital manufacturing applied to the design and deployment of environmental sensors. The consortium (pictured above) is formed by University of Dundee, The Peers Educators Network, JRC, IAAC and is led by WAAG Society.

The project will show how environmental monitoring with open source software, open source hardware, digital maker practices and open design can be effectively adopted by local communities. Also by appropriating their own technological sensing tools they make sense of their environments and address pressing environmental problems in air, water, soil and sound pollution. To achieve this, the project will develop and build upon a range of methods and approaches for bottom-up citizen science, that will be included in a Making Sense Toolkit based on the Smart Citizen platform (Smart Citizen Toolkit, image below). The toolkit will be tested in a campaign approach, led by Dundee, with pilots in Amsterdam, Barcelona and Prishtina, which aim to deepen our understanding on the processes enabling collective awareness, action and decision-making.


This project has been co-funded by the European Commission within the Call Collective Awareness Platforms H2020 ICT2015 Research and Innovation action. The grant agreement number is 688620. Budget 1.550.000 €, the project started in November 2015 and will run until October 2017.

The Dundee team is PI Mel Woods, and Co-I’s Dr Drew Hemment, Research Studio at DJCAD and Prof Ioan Fazey, CECHR.




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