The main outcomes of the EcoDA project will be a set of open-source digital tools and processes for shared knowledge production, aimed at enabling civic practices of resilience to emerge and multiply. We hope that the tools and processes will form the foundations for an open-source platform for enhancing urban resilience. Developed in the spirit of open-source technology, the intention is that they will be adopted, adapted and expanded in other city contexts, beyond the three case study cities and the life of the project, with the purpose of accelerating the process of urban transformation.
Specifically, the tools and processes will provide supporting infrastructure for local groups and organisations, who may not have the means currently, to expand their current resilience initiatives and generate civic practices of resilience, by connecting with other groups, sharing knowledge and expertise. To this aim, the tools will encourage a number of capacities, such as: self-management, increased visibility, knowledge sharing (tools, methods, projects, experiences, know-how) and networking.
The specific capacities and kinds of tools and processes that might foster them will be co-designed with potential users, according to their needs and local conditions, and prototyped in each of the three case study cities.
Rather than ‘re-inventing the wheel’, we will use existing digital tools (e.g., social media, online mapping, mesh networks), brought together into a flexible and open framework, easily adaptable to local needs and specificities. We envisage that the tools will operate on two main levels, as illustrated in the initial diagram below (to be tested through local experimentation with users):
- On a local level (‘drafting’ mode), the digital tools will support the daily running of local initiatives and the experimental work carried out (for example, online map of local resources, internal social media channels, online booking system of shared spaces, digital tracking of borrowed tools, data monitoring resulting from experiments involving sensors or alternative energy sources). The infrastructure will also include physical elements, situated in the physical spaces where the initiatives are based (for example, wireless mesh networks, local data servers and interactive displays of data resulting from the local experimentation).
- On a trans-local level (publication mode), the digital tools will support networking, communication and knowledge sharing (‘how to…’) across a network connecting local initiatives, by sharing tools, methods, lessons learnt, experiences and know-how developed through local experimentation. This may include a repository of information and social media channels to inspire and support others to initiate similar activities (for example, information on how to access funding or vacant land for temporary uses, videos of local experiments, visual manuals for how to set up a micro anaerobic digester, the practicalities of running a community cafe).