(Challenges and opportunities of) documentation practices of self-organised urban initiatives

Andrea Botero , Joanna Saad-Sulonen

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This chapter discusses the documentation practices of two citizen initiatives in Helsinki and the role of current social media infrastructures and artefact ecologies in supporting them. We point out how social media and other digital technologies are important catalysers in the initial steps of both endeavours, providing seeds for documentation practices to emerge. However, as practices stabilise and more information is accumulated, challenges related to access, effective archiving, reach and reuse, as well as the current business logic of social media platforms, start to appear. The chapter concludes with some implications for social media design and the structuring of participatory design processes, stating that reliance on social media is not enough, and that participatory design, if attuned to the notion of the construction of knowledge commons, offers interesting approaches to support the documentation challenges of self-organised urban initiatives.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationParticipatory Design Theory
Subtitle of host publicationUsing Technology and Social Media to Foster Civic Engagement
EditorsOswald Devisch, Liesbeth Huybrechts, Roel De Ridder
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781351615754
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book


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