Open and Collaborative Developments - STEPS Centre

Open and Collaborative Developments - STEPS Centre

Experimentation with radically open and collaborative ways of producing knowledge and material artefacts can be found everywhere - from the free/libre and open-source software movement to citizen science initiatives, and from community-based fabrication labs and makerspaces to the production of open-source scientific hardware.

Spurred on by the widespread availability of networked digital infrastructure, what such initiatives share in common is the (re)creation of knowledge commons, and an attempt to redistribute innovative agency across a much broader array of actors.

In this working paper the authors reflect on what these emerging practices might mean for helping to cultivate more equitable and sustainable patterns of global development. 

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