The Making Sense project has completed its beta pilots, in which citizens measure environmental problems in air, water and soil, and noise pollution, using open source hardware (OSH). To that purpose, civil society organisations in Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Barcelona (Spain) and Pristina (Kosovo) rolled out sensor networks to collect data in different areas of the cities.
The sensors are based on the open Making Sense Toolkit, which at the same time serves as a vehicle for citizens to learn about maker technologies like data visualisation, 3D printing, electronics and laser cutting in the Fab Labs of the research partners.
The Making Sense project is partly funded by the EU under the Horizon 2020 programme and runs from 2015 to 2017. It aims to
explore how open source software, open source hardware, digital maker practices and open design can be effectively used by local communities to fabricate their own sensing tools, make sense of their environments, and address pressing environmental problems in air, water, soil and sound pollution.
For the next phase of the project, experiences from the pilots will be worked into the Making Sense Toolkit documentation. The toolkit will then serve as a blueprint to turn this project into a self-sustaining Making Sense community that will be able to
collaborate on developing citizen-led sensing and initiatives for positive social change.