OpenDoTT (Open Design of Trusted Things) "is a PhD programme from the University of Dundee and Mozilla to explore how to build a more open, secure, and trustworthy Internet of Things". I have moved to Dundee to work at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in the first stage of the programme, and by mid 2020 will relocate to Berlin.

My topic in the project is "smart cities". I am documenting here 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.

Recent suggestions made by supervisors, colleagues and other parties about my research:

  • Look into diary studies as a way to approach my research questions
  • Bottom-up solutions to recycling
  • Blockchain registry of physical objects
  • Use value / exchange value
  • Libraries of things
  • Levels of rep...

In September 2019 we had the first general meeting of the OpenDOTT consortium, with the five fellows, supervisors and members of all partner organisations. The meeting took place in Dundee, and as well as being the perfect way to get acquainted with that many people in a short period (there were alm...

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...

A researcher wasting time?

-- A researcher timing waste?

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')?

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

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...