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Making community : the wider role of makerspaces in public life

Taylor, N, Hurley, UK and Connolly, P 2016, 'Making community : the wider role of makerspaces in public life' , in: Proceedings of CHI 2016 (Human-Computer Interaction conference) , SIGCHI (Special Interest Group on Human Computer Interaction). (In Press)

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Makerspaces—public workshops where makers can share tools and knowledge—are a growing resource for amateurs and professionals alike. While the role of makerspaces in innovation and peer learning is widely discussed, we attempt to look at the wider roles that makerspaces play in public life. Through site visits and interviews at makerspaces and similar facilities across the UK, we have identified additional roles that these spaces play: as social spaces, in supporting wellbeing, by serving the needs of the communities they are located in and by reaching out to excluded groups. Based on these findings, we suggest implications and future directions for both makerspace organisers and community researchers.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Publisher: SIGCHI (Special Interest Group on Human Computer Interaction)
ISBN: 9781450333627
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Funders: Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Depositing User: Dr Ursula Hurley
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2016 08:52
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2016 08:52

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