OpenDoTT (Open Design of Trusted Things) "is a PhD programme* to explore how to build a more open, secure, and trustworthy Internet of Things". I have moved in 2019 to Dundee to work at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, and relocated later to Berlin to work at the Mozilla Foundation. The whole project has migrated from the University of Dundee to Northumbria University in June 2020(\).

My research topic in the project is (waste prevention in) "smart cities". I am documenting in this blog what I am reading, learning and discovering as I go deeper into my research. I will also maintain a list of links with the opendott tag in my infinite bookmark collection.


EU Flag This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 813508.

* The project started as a partnership between the University of Dundee and Mozilla Foundation.
By mid 2020 its academic arm moved to the Northumbria University

This post collects notes taken during my first research trip in Rotterdam. It is followed by another post with my notes from Berlin.

On my way

It's interesting to see the Netherlands from the sky, at night. Smart cities? Cities? From here, the whole country is a conurbation. Yesterday Nick...

I believe it was on one of my first supervisory meetings with Nick Taylor and Mel Woods somewhere in August that Mel mentioned a conference being organised in Rotterdam. The title was promising: Beyond Smart Cities Today, which to me echoed of this 2011 blog post by Adam Greenfield. Adam's crit...

A researcher wasting time?

-- A researcher timing waste?

It's not only because this film was made in my hometown, Porto Alegre. Or because I enjoyed attending one of its makers' classes at the University. But Ilha das Flores has impacted me from the first time I've seen it. I have used it in a couple workshops and courses, and like to think of it as a bra...

What happens to things after they are made, sold and used? Should we talk of an afterlife of things? Or are they eternal (while they are 'things')?

My reading notes are below.

Chapter 4, Digital Fabrication: Towards a new political economy of matter

p. 92

And, above all, what they are imagining is a material production that is ultra low-cost. The unstated premise behind all of these visions of the future isn't merely an economy in w...

Collecting references about electronic waste.

David Li - E-waste: an open source solution

In Focus: Congo's Bloody Coltan

E WASTELAND - Full film in HD (20mins/2012)

More

I found this book by chance in the DJCAD Library. Seems to be made for young design students. Just copying a couple paragraphs here in deference for the cyberpunk pioneer. Comment added on 04/10/2019.

pp. 56-57

What we know about prehistorical humans comes mostly from their things. Prehistori...

Sennett's The Craftsman was first recommended to me during the times of TransforMatéria, by at least three different people. I read parts of it then, and eventually got back to it with different lenses trying to define the research questions for my PhD. I found Building and Dwelling while immersin...

McDonough and Braungarten are the authors of Cradle to Cradle, a book widely regarded as a recipe for more sustainable product industrial processes, which would later be used a one of the main references for the discussions about a Circular Economy. The Upcycle is the sequel, written by the same aut...

Internet of Things + Smart City + Open Design + Trust = commons of material resources.

Claude Lévi-Strauss, Tristes Tropiques, 1955 (found on Upcycle, McDonough + Braungart):

Cities have often ben likened to symphonies and poems, and the comparison seems to me a perfectly natural one. They are, in fact, objects of the same kind. The city may even be rated higher since it stand...

The city is the quintessential makerspace

Be it under craft, making or repair related contexts, fabrication equipment (digital and otherwise) are everywhere in most cities. How are people learning and generating knowledge around it? How do communities relate to it? What are the game rules, ownersh...

How about we think not only of connected things, but all sorts of matter flows in the city? Objects and their transformations - use, discard, reuse, upcycling, repurposing...

In 2016, building up on previous work (namely MetaReciclagem, Bricolabs, Lixo Eletrônico, Desvio and my residence in Doha) and trying to establish a connection between opportunities being planned for later that year, I figured there were unexplored possibilities in relating repair, traditional craft...

Desvio was an experimental collective I was part of since about 2008 til, probably, 2011 or 2012. It originated from the MetaReciclagem network, but was a little more focused into artistic and critical approaches, possibly in an attempt to move away from the usual categorisation of MetaReciclagem as...

How to frame the "internet of things" in my research?

How about an internet of all things? An internet of everything?

Internet of shared objects. Internet of common materials. Internet of forms of matter.

Anne Mikoleit, Moritz Puerckhauer. Urban Code: 100 Lessons for Understanding the City. ISBN 978-3-85676-290-2

P. 73

61. Shop owners put their trash bags out on the street

There are primarily ilogical reasons for the fact that trash lies on the streets. If one had the choice, the courtyard wo...

Networked technologies are becoming ubiquitous in human dwellings of all scales and development phases. On the one hand authorities are increasingly incorporating information technologies in an attempt to increase efficiency of public administration. On the other hand, citizens can leverage their wi...

Excerpts from my Career Development Plan, written during my first days in Dundee.

Networked technologies are becoming ubiquitous in human dwellings of all scales and development phases. On the one hand authorities are increasingly incorporating information technologies in an attempt to increase...