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OpenDoTT Current IoT Practices Dataset: ESR3 Communities and Neighbourhoods

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posted on 2021-01-26, 09:02 authored by Sarah Kiden
This is one of the topics under Open Design of Trusted Things (OpenDoTT), a joint PhD programme between Northumbria University and Mozilla. The project moved from the University of Dundee where this research began. This dataset contains data collected from the research Co-designing the Internet of Things with Communities.


The overall aim of the PhD is to explore the potential use of Internet of Things (IoT) to support the creation and sustainment of community technology/infrastructure and other publicly shared objects. For the first year, the Dundee West End Community Fridge in Scotland was identified as a suitable case study for the research, while a community fridge in London and 4 other community-based organisations were interviewed to provide context.


The research followed a mixed approach consisting of probes, interviews, shadowing, observing and a volunteer journey. Participants were recruited through a mix of a signup form, direct outreach, snowball sampling, recommendations and posts on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Semi-structured interviews (face-to-face, via Zoom and phone calls) were conducted with 26 participants, 18 of whom were based in the UK. To get a better understanding of the workings of the Community Fridge, the researcher opted to volunteer, observe and shadow volunteers and staff. Some activities were interrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


- Interview transcripts and interview notes
- Assorted photographs
- Sample forms, documents and announcements
- Participant recruitment tools
- Probes (eventually not used due to restrictions during the pandemic)
- Other data related to the research


The researcher (Sarah Kiden) can be contacted on The project is supervised by Prof. Joyce Yee.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 813508.


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