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PHD THESIS – presentation & discussion

The thesis in details
sorry, just in italian for the moment…

Cooperative design knowledge.
Creative actions overlook sharing practice.

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Ethnographic approach to design knowledge. Dialogue and participation as discovery tools within complex knowledge contexts

This paper has been presented at IASDR conference 2009
Rigor and Relevance in Design Research, 18-22 October 2009, Seoul, South Korea conference website

Ethnographic approach to design knowledge.
Dialogue and participation as discovery tools within complex knowledge contexts

get the full text proceeding | by Francesca Valsecchi, Paolo Ciuccarelli
Keyword: design methodology, ethnography, dialogue, knowledge tools, knowledge sharing

Abstract

The following paper explores two main concepts: a) the ethnography as a thick and qualitative observation method, which refers to an active interpretation of the traditional ethnography by the communication design research mindset; b)

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Handling changes trough diagrams: Scale and grain in the visual representation of Complex Systems

This paper has been co-written with Donato Ricci and Paolo Ciuccarelli, as members of the Densitydesign team.
It has been presented at Changing the Change conference, Turin, July 2008

Handling changes trough diagrams:
Scale and grain in the visual representation of Complex Systems

get the full text proceeding | by Ciuccarelli Paolo, Donato Ricci, Francesca Valsecchi

Abstract

To change towards a more sustainable development could means to make decisions not only with a systemic approach, but also to be able to decide in the right time: the density. It seems that, when the discipline of Design integrate a systemic approach with the competences of designers in visualization,

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PHD THESIS – introduction & summary

Cooperative design knowledge.
Creative actions overlook sharing practice.

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This doctoral program researched the issues of knowledge production and sharing within design communities.
Starting from the exploration of the local and contextual environment of tools and resources that are usually considered as design knowledge, it suggests a possible cross-field between the field of design knowledge management and the knowledge production practices that typify the cooperation within networks.

[Research context]
This cross-field bases on the increasing presence and significance of the digital knowledge within the wide context of knowledge systems. Internet is considered as a world of fresh inspiration for cooperation and sharing, that offers to contemporary practitioners technology patterns useful to the (digital) knowledge management, and also suggests the existence of a culture that has cognitive and social relevance in the topic of knowledge as public and commons undertaking. In fact the idea of network unveils new and effective organizational, social and productive models, and reveals latent and primary questions for our society: the extension, the meaning, the rules and the features of our own digital nature, which existence is widely recognized (chapter 1).
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Le comunità del Free Software come organizzazioni complesse.Il ruolo del design verso una cultura Open Knowledge

Questo paper è stato presentato alla Conferenza Nazionale Software Libero, Cosenza, nel maggio 2007

Le comunità del Free Software come organizzazioni complesse. Il ruolo del design verso una cultura Open Knowledge

get the full text proceeding (italian) | by Francesca Valsecchi, Massimo Menichinelli

abstract

L’esperienza del Free Software ha esplicitato nuovi modelli organizzativi basati sull’idea di comunità e sulle pratiche della condivisione e del fare comune. La diffusione di strumenti informatici e di forme organizzative
comunitarie ha contribuito al crescere della sensibilità che la società e gli individui oggi hanno verso l’idea di rete, come infrastruttura e tecnologia, e di connettività, come attributo di sempre maggiore rilevanza nel proprio agire quotidiano.
L’opportunità di traslare l’esperienza organizzativa del Free Software e interpretarla in altri ambiti sociali e

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