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In this project M-ITI's research will focus in the communities.Communities need both autonomy and connectivity; islands even more so. Communities should have the resources for resilience, sustainability, and self-reliance. These resources should be locally owned and operated, accessible by as many people as possible, and most importantly they should be trusted and respected. Information is a resource that amplifies all other resources and can serve as a scaffold to self-reliance and sustainable growth. Our approach, Civic Media, born and developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and now based in Madeira, is to create peer-oriented, software-enabled platforms for the creation and exploitation of information for community resilience in the Macaronesian region. This project focuses on bottom-up, inexpensive, and sustainable approaches to geographic information systems (GIS) and documentation, communication and discourse within communities, and evidence gathering and decision making. Through a program of tactical interventions in the knowledge ecosystems of islands - involving field research, community outreach and engagement, education, citizen science, and grassroots mapping actions - this project aims to bring existing ideas and efforts into new configurations for civic knowledge generation in Cape Verde and Madeira.


Supported by


Main partner

[Azores] Direcção Regional das Obras Públicas e Comunicações dos Açores (DROPC)


[Madeira] Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute

[Madeira] AMRAM - Associação de Municípios da Região Autónoma da Madeira

[Canarias] Dirección General de Seguridad y Emergencias

[Canarias] Cabildo Insular de La Gomera

Funded by

Project: MAC/3.5b/154

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