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Over the past ten years, the Internet has revolutionised and democratised communications to a certain point. These powerful tools provided by ICT software and hardware are completely changing the way we make tangible and intangible goods. Now, the same thing is happening to manufacturing as the access to tools like 3D printers and laser cutters is increasing. As a result, these intangible goods or virtual bits which can be shared globally, can be turned to physical objects or atoms which manifest themselves locally. This is making the interface between the virtual world and the physical world blur if not disappear. As a shorthand term, this transformation from bits to atoms is being called the Maker movement.
The overall objective of the MAKE-IT project is to understand the role of Collective Awareness Platforms (CAPs) in enabling the growth and governance of the Maker movement, particularly in relation to using and creating social innovations and achieving sustainability. The results of this research will help to understand the uses and impacts of CAPs in different contexts, as well as of the Maker movement itself.
IAAC is among the partners of the European project MAKE-IT, developed within the framework of Horizon 2020 Programme. The project, with a budget of 2.000.000 €, will be running from January 2016 until December 2017.