The EcoDA project is developed within a co-production framework, which is underpinned by a number of key principles. These principles are intended to guide us through the project and provide a framework of reference to others who might follow on this project’s footsteps.
What we mean by co(-llaborative) production:
- The collaborative production of the physical and virtual artefacts resulting from carrying out the research process. Participation is not only about co-producing outputs (e.g., a piece of technology). It is also about identifying the issues that such outputs need to address, shaping the vision for these outputs (or what they may be) with local needs and aspirations, and defining the strategy (steps and processes) for moving towards achieving the vision.
- A mediated research approach, which acknowledges local conditions and power relations. The researchers (university) are the initiators of the overarching research question and have a strategic aim of producing a specific outcome for which funding has been granted. The researchers (university) also have a primary role in the transformation and dissemination of the co-produced knowledge. In a similar way, the local groups who may join the project will intervene from a certain position of (knowledge) power into their local contexts. The interactions between researchers and local communities are mediated by local practitioners, who already have an established relationship with these communities. Rather than intervening directly in local contexts, the tools will have the role of enabling local communities to pursue resilience activities. Furthermore, a collective learning principle is embedded within the co-production process, with the aim to develop a ‘common language’ between participants and enable the circulation of the co-produced knowledge back into the communities from where it emerged.
- The collective ownership of the knowledge produced. The research outcomes will be made accessible to the wider public under a Creative Commons Licence (AttributionNonCommercialShareAlike 4.0 International License). Anyone will be able to re-appropriate, re-use and re-mix the digital and physical prototypes created as a result of the project as long as they acknowledge the source and make their work freely available for further sharing.
- The collective ownership of the means of (co)producing and sharing knowledge. The processes and methods developed as part of the project will be made available to the wider public under a Creative Commons Licence (AttributionNonCommercialShareAlike 4.0 International License). This acknowledges that access to information is not sufficient and that appropriate analysis tools also need to be made available in order to enable the transformation of information into usable knowledge by those who may otherwise not have the tools for doing so.