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International Workshop on EUD for Supporting Sustainability in Maker 
In conjunction with IS EUD 2013, June 11-13, 2013
IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark

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There has been a recent proliferation of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) 
communities that can broadly be included under the maker movement 
umbrella. Many of these groups are engaged in DIY projects in areas that 
relate to sustainable living, such as urban gardening groups engaged in 
growing their own food in urban areas, home energy monitoring 
communities interested in improving their homes to support a more energy 
efficient living, and textile crafts people who engage in home 
production, as well as in the recycling and upcycling of textiles. 
Spurred by the possibilities of digital fabrication and the Internet, 
the maker movement has a great potential to support sustainable living 
by fostering related innovations, supporting their appropriation and 
propagating their practical use. However, technology-driven maker 
communities associated with FabLabs or Hackerspaces are often perceived 
as places for tech-savvy people and have difficulties to instantiate a 
sustainable dialogue with the society at large. Hence, attracting wider 
categories of public, as well as sharing innovations created by users, 
are still seen as challenges.

End User Development (EUD) as research field focuses on methods, 
techniques, and tools that allow non-professionals to create, modify and 
extend technologies. Tools for EUD include for example visual 
programming environments, mash-up editors and service orchestration 
tools. EUD concepts can play a big role in supporting sustainability in 
maker communities by facilitating sustainable access to digital 
fabrication, in order to support user innovation and leverage knowledge 
sharing across communities.

In particular, we believe that EUD research could contribute at several 
different levels:

* At a technical level, EUD concepts can help to support the 
appropriation of DIY by making it easier for non-professionals to 
create, modify or extend digital and material artefacts in DIY projects.
* At a social level, EUD approaches can contribute to popularize DIY 
with the help of social media in order to make local DIY initiatives 
more visible, provide new opportunities for lurking and legitimate 
peripheral participation and support knowledge exchange and 
appropriation of related innovations, technologies and ideas.
* At an empirical level, EUD oriented ethnographic studies can 
contribute to understanding and analyzing practices of DIY/maker 
communities in minute detail to get a better understanding of their 
practical needs and opportunities for innovation.

In the workshop, we want to discuss examples of DIY activities that are 
of interest in the context of sustainability and End User Development. 
Related questions include, but are not limited to:

* What are good examples of EUD and DIY tools that support sustainable 
innovation or could be adapted in this respect?
* How can EUD principles be leveraged to include a more diverse user 
group, particularly across generations, cultural backgrounds and among 
people with different levels of technical knowledge?
* How can more citizens become aware and be attracted to use digital 
fabrication technologies for projects that address their own needs? What 
are the tools and infrastructure needed to do so?
* How can domestic activities be a trigger to establish a sustainable 
use of personal fabrication technologies? What are the potentials to 
attract new user groups in order to reach inclusive participation and 
foster broad discussion and evaluation of potential and challenges?
* How can traditional crafts be integrated in the context of maker 
communities? How can knowledge about crafts and traditional techniques 
be included, given that the people holding it are not amongst the usual 
* What tools are needed to anchor digital fabrication as a widely 
accepted possible extension to current fabrication and making routines?
* What are the new production and consumption patterns developed through 
sharing and collaboration of diverse groups of makers on a local and 
global scale? How can these be extended to the context of repairing, 
extending the life-cycle of existing products, recycling and upcycling?
* How can practitioners be supported in documenting their work in order 
to allow knowledge sharing and diffusion of innovation? How could 
creative forms of documenting be established to better fit the maker 

We are interested in papers from researchers who are actively engaged in 
studies of EUD in DIY contexts, but also in experience reports from DIY 
enthusiasts and members of maker communities. At least one of the 
authors will have to attend the workshop. Papers can be 4-6 pages long, 
formatted according to Springer LNCS style. Submissions can be sent as 
PDF files to [log in to unmask]

Submission deadline: March 14, 2013
Acceptance notification: March 21, 2013
Registration: [according to IS-EUD 2013 registration policy]
Workshop: June 11, 2013 (one-day workshop)

Alexander Boden, University of Siegen
Gabriela Avram, University of Limerick
Irene Posch, TU Vienna
Volkmar Pipek, University of Siegen
Geraldine Fitzpatrick, TU Vienna

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