The Story of MIT-Fablab Norway: Community Embedding of Peer Production

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en Kohtala, Cindy Bosqué, Camille 2015-12-14T10:02:11Z 2015-12-14T10:02:11Z 2014
dc.identifier.citation Kohtala, Cindy & Bosqué, Camille. 2014. The Story of MIT-Fablab Norway: Community Embedding of Peer Production. Journal of Peer Production. Issue 5. 8. ISSN 2213-5316 (electronic). en
dc.identifier.issn 2213-5316 (electronic)
dc.description.abstract MIT-Fablab Norway was one of the first Fab Labs ever established, in northern Norway in 2002. Despite this auspicious beginning to a network that is rapidly growing, surprisingly little has been written about the genesis of the network or the Fab Lab itself. We therefore aim to contribute to this knowledge gap with a narrative account of our independent ethnographic research visits to the Lab. We combine our researcher perspectives, which are informed by, on the one hand, Aesthetics and a phenomenological understanding and, on the other, Science and Technology Studies, with Design Research bridging both. Our account aims to richly describe the Lab’s unique profile in the MIT Fab Lab network as a socially shaped entity and product of a particular time and place. Most salient in this narrative is the role of its charismatic founder, whose stories and metaphors become vehicles by which we come to understand how a Fab Lab forms its own identity, balancing the relationships with local stakeholders against those with the Fab Lab network; how it promotes certain principles and values of peer production; and how it represents itself to both maker insiders and outsiders. While situated and particular to this Lab, our interpretations may have implications for the trajectories of other Fab Labs and makerspaces, as well as our understanding of peer production as a new paradigm. en
dc.format.extent 8
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Journal of Peer Production en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Peer Production en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Issue 5
dc.rights © 2014 public domain. en
dc.subject.other Design en
dc.subject.other Technology en
dc.title The Story of MIT-Fablab Norway: Community Embedding of Peer Production en
dc.type A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä fi
dc.description.version Peer reviewed en
dc.rights.holder public domain Taiteiden ja suunnittelun korkeakoulu fi School of Arts, Design and Architecture en
dc.contributor.department Muotoilun laitos fi
dc.contributor.department Department of Design en
dc.subject.keyword Fab Lab en
dc.subject.keyword ethnography en
dc.subject.keyword MIT_Fablab Norway en
dc.subject.keyword material peer production en
dc.subject.keyword digital fabrication en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201512115523
dc.type.dcmitype text en
dc.contributor.lab NODUS Sustainable Design Research Group en
dc.type.version Final published version en

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