Elisabeth Unterfrauner

Elisabeth Unterfrauner
Zentrum für Soziale Innovation · Technology&Knowledge

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Makerspaces and the availability of digital maker tools offer opportunities to create with their hands. Makerspaces and making have increasingly found their ways into institutions of formal and informal education but have yet not been explored in entrepreneurship education. Maker education holds the premise that learners work in a self-regulated an...
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Citizen science is about democratising access to science for all citizens. A crucial question in this respect however is, whether democratisation of access to research in terms of reaching and involving diverse citizens actually takes place in citizen science projects. Unfortunately, this does not seem to be the case. The EU funded project Reinforc...
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In 2017 The NewHoRRIzon project started its courageous endeavor to promote the implementation of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in Horizon 2020 (H2020) and beyond; on European, Member State and international level. The project invited a broad variety of stakeholders in research and innovation to work together in altogether 19 so-called S...
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In this paper we explore gender issues in the maker movement using four different methods of data analysis: standardised questionnaires, analysis of makerspaces’ social media, statistical analysis of machine use and the coding of interviews and focus groups. The objective is to give a voice to female makers and makerspace managers, looking at the m...
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This paper presents a pilot evaluation study, focusing on a variety of mechanisms to successfully integrate the learning of physical computing, entrepreneurship and game development. First, we introduce a workshop design framework developed as part of the European project DOIT (Entrepreneurial skills for young social innovators in an open digital w...
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In diesem Handbuch stellen wir Ihnen vor, wie Sie Mädchen und Jungen im Alter von 6 bis 16 Jahren befähigen können, mit Hilfe des DOIT Programms innovative konkrete Lösungen zu entwickeln und untereinander auszutauschen.
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This is a report of members of the 'RRI Plattform Österreich' (https://www.rri-plattform.at/) investigating opportunities and challenges in realising Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in a research project concerned with developing assistive technologies in a Healthcare. (in German)
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The Maker Movement has raised great expectations towards its potential for tackling social inequalities by mediating technology-related skills to everybody. Are maker spaces new players for social inclusion in digital societies? How can this potential impact be framed? While scientific discourse has so far identified broad value and impact dimensio...
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This Policy Brief reviews the current state of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in Austria and provides recommendations for the further embedding of RRI in research and innovation policy. (in German)
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The European project DOIT follows the maker pedagogy approach to develop an early entrepreneurial education program for children between the age of six and sixteen. In this program, children work collaboratively on solutions for challenges that they know from their personal environments with the aim to aspire to the entrepreneurial spirit and socia...
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The aim of this paper is to explore the environmental value of the Maker movement, which is driving digital fabrication into the mainstream. Makers are inspiring each other to create smart solutions for all types of individual needs and address societal and environmental challenges at the same time. They share their creative ideas and solutions in...
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One of the main challenges in designing learning activities at the intersection of digital fabrication and solving complex problems is creating a motivating context to keep up children's engagement with the problem and going through the iterations of design thinking. Based on a four day out-of-school learning workshop with 18 children, we reflected...
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This paper introduces the Maker movement as a bottom-up movement, placing digital fabrication technologies on people’s desks to produce “almost anything”. It explores further the pedagogical value of making in education in general and in early entrepreneurial education in particular. Making as a pedagogical approach is analysed referencing establis...
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The paper addresses the need to rethink education to be effective in a changing environment. More concretely we look at the intersection of craft-based learning, digital fabrication technologies and schools’ capacities to absorb educational innovations. Although making and hacking are known activities within constructionist learning settings, they...
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As part of its research and innovation (R&I) strategy, the European Commission (EC) is in the process of funding its eighth framework programme, Horizon 2020 (H2020), for €77 billion from 2013-2020. Plans for the ninth framework programme are rapidly taking shape. Within H2020, approximately one-third of programming is carried out under the Excelle...
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ICT has already revolutionized content creation and communications. In principle, today, everybody with Internet access, the right skills and equipment can produce digital content composed of virtual "bits" and make it instantly available across the globe. The same is now happening to manufacturing for everyone with access to tools like 3D printers...
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Diversity and inclusion in the technology sector is increasingly debated , specially in the context of equal opportunities for all and a shortage of experts in many tech related industries. The need to be more inclusive can refer to different age groups, people with diverse culturally and linguistically backgrounds or gender. All in all, ethnic, ge...
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The Maker movement represents a return of interest to the physical side of digital innovation. To explore expectations and values within the Maker movement, we applied qualitative research method, interviewing 10 manag-ers of maker initiative as well as 39 makers from eight different countries. The paper analyses how the Maker movement is contribut...
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Neil Gershenfeld called the Maker movement the next digital revolution as it placed the means of fabrication on people's desks. This paper looks at makers' ambition to do socially valuable things and critically reflects on their potential impact, whether makers' societal impact can be recognised on micro-, meso-or macro-level. Paraphrasing Schumpet...
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The article builds on the perceived gap between ‘RRI in theory’ and ‘RRI in practice’ and demonstrates the need for RRI training for different stakeholder groups so as to overcome this gap. The RRI Tools project has developed different kinds of materials and tools that can be used in RRI trainings. Based on the umbrella notion of RRI, as elaborated...
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Marginalised young people who find themselves disadvantaged in a number of respects also tend to experience limited access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) – with the exception of mobile phones. The European Commission-funded ComeIn project seeks to take advantage of marginalised young people’s access to mobile phones by reaching...
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Technology Enhanced Learning is facing the challenge of ever-faster changes producing new technologies as well as altering expectations about what education should look like in the future. Hence, stakeholder groups such as policy makers, technology providers as well as end users need to keep track of emerging signs of change – weak signals. However...
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The project EU4ALL aims at researching and developing technologies and conceptual frameworks to make lifelong learning accessible to everyone. Within this project the conditions at higher education institutions necessary to introduce a service architecture as conceptual and technical framework such as the one developed within the project was studi...
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The digital divide from a global perspective has an impact on some, less developed, countries. However, also within Western countries some groups of people have less access to the Internet and other information and communication technologies and therefore develop less media competencies. One of these groups is marginalized young people who often ha...
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Youth exclusion is widespread and increasing across Europe. Information and communication technology (ICT) has the potential to serve as a gateway to social inclusion. However, computer and Internet access of marginalised young people are limited. Alternative methods to approach them through ICT are needed. The interdisciplinary project ComeIn (Onl...
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Although marginalised young people have been proved to have less access to Information and Communication Technologies such as the Internet, their access to mobile phones does not differ from non-marginalised young people. Since mobile phones seem to play an important role in youth's life, delivering learning programmes via this piece of technology...
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In this paper, we describe the empirical results of our study concerning marginalised young people (MYP) and a respective explanatory resource model of marginalisation as well as the access to and use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) with special regard to mobile phones among the target group. Focus groups with marginalised young...
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Within the EU4ALL project (www.eu4all-project.eu) extensive research has been undertaken to detect the impact of legal and political frameworks on the accessibility of lifelong learning (ALL), with a clear focus on higher education in this initial phase. The introduction of appropriate technologies in educational institutions is accompanied and sha...

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Gathering insights from the fields of law, economics and psychology and co-creating knowledge with municipalities, energy communities and citizens, EC² will provide answers on how to facilitate energy citizenship and achieve the EU’s energy and decarbonisation goals. A Horizon2020 Project Project Partners - ZSI Centre for Social Innovation, AT - Universität Graz, AT - Universität Leipzig, DE - Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny we Wrocławiu, PL - Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, NL - ICLEI European Secretariat GmbH, DE - Global Ecovillage Network of Europe E.V., DE - Spółdzielnia Mieszkaniowa Wrocław-Południe, PL - Gmina Prusice, PL - Commune di Scalenghe, IT - Ture Nirvane Societa’ Cooperativa Sociale di Comunita’, IT - Arterra Bizimodu, ES - Buurkracht Projecten B.V., NL - Groningen municipality, NL
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The H2020 project and its 13 partners contribute to youth employment and to create new jobs in the social economy by nurturing in young pupils seeds for active social innovation: entrepreneurial mind-sets, knowhow and skills. The project empowers primary and secondary school pupils (6-16 years) alongside educators to apply open innovation methods, digital maker tools and collaboration skills to tackle societal problems. The DOIT children’s social innovation and entrepreneurship programme is piloted and evaluated across 10 European countries (AT, BE, DE, DK, ES, FI, HR, NL, RS und SI). DOIT showcases how its child-friendly, intergenerational maker approach enables young people to acquire the manual, technological, intellectual and social skills they need to be active and initiate social good. The project consortium comprises experienced actors across the social innovation value chain with links to related European initiatives fostering young entrepreneurship education. DOIT will provide materials (OER) and opportunities and aim to build a network of organisation to foster fentrepreneurial thinking in an early age, social innovation, intergenerational and multidisciplinary work - the foundation for Europe’s future entrepreneurs. (http://doit-europe.net, 10/2017-09/2020, H2020 -770063)
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The project focuses on three areas of research and understanding: - Peer production: the mechanisms driving the behavior to establish or join a maker community, learn, share, collaborate and realize new forms of production. - Value creation and impact: the ways in which, and the extent to which, makers communities using CAPs create and capture financial, social and environmental value, including through new forms of bottom-up business-, social- and sustainable-models, transversing between non-monetised and monetised accounting frameworks. -Governance: the ways that makers communities are organized, the legal and regulatory frameworks that promote or retard them, their IPR implications, and the interfaces they have with their institutional and policy environments.