Title: Overview of the Maker Movement in the European Union
Authors: VALENTE DE JESUS ROSA PAULOFERRETTI FEDERICOMARTINHO GUIMARAES PIRES PEREIRA ANGELAPANELLA FRANCESCOWANNER MAXIMILIAN
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2017
JRC N°: JRC107298
ISBN: 978-92-79-70525-0
ISSN: 1831-9424
Other Identifiers: EUR 28686 EN
OP KJ-NA-28686-EN-N
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC107298
DOI: 10.2760/227356
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: Over the last decade, we witnessed an unprecedented booming of communities engaged in do-it-yourself (DIY) activities worldwide. FabLabs, Hackerspaces and Makerspaces can be seen as the physical representations of the maker movement. These unique spaces seek to provide communities, businesses and entrepreneurs the infrastructures and manufacturing equipment indispensable to turn their ideas and concepts into reality. The objective of this study is to assess and quantify the range of the maker movement across Europe, investigating the distribution and activity of FabLabs, Hackerspaces and Makerspaces as the physical spaces where the phenomenon takes place. Also, we explore tools and techniques employed within the spaces as well as community strategies with an aim to uncover the socio-technical and socio-economic impact of the initiatives.
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