Some new books!

Arki tonttu is proud to present fresh from the oven and ready to fill this otherwise silent blog: Four (4) new publications in which arki people have been involved:


1) Eläköön arkistosi! A publication (in Finnish) dealing with the state of the art and future sustainable practices of audiovisual archives in Finland. Sanna contributed a chapter to it dealing with the challenges and opportunities of opening up archival material to the community. The book accompanied a seminar on the same topic held in Media Factory earlier this month. The PDF report can be downloaded for free

2) New Approaches to Urban Planning – Insights from Participatory Communities, a book edited by our nice colleagues at Land Use and Urban Studies Research Group. Joanna has there a chapter called Multiple Participations. Grab your PDF here

3) Expanding Design Space(s) – Design in communal endeavors. This is actually Andrea’s dissertation which she successfully defended 20th of September here at Aalto ARTS. The opponent was doctor Monika Bûscher. If you want to peep you can check the slides the opponent used and Andrea’s “Lectio Precursoria” materials.  The book can be ordered (or downloaded) from the bookstore of Aalto ARTS.

4) Public and Collaborative- Exploring the Intersection of Design, Social Innovation and Public Policy.This is a Book edited by Ezio Mansini and Eduardo Staszowski from DESIS Network. Andrea and Joanna have written a chapter on Peer production in public services? Emerging themes for design research and action. Download a PDF of the book from the DESIS Public & Collaborative cluster website.

We are waiting eagerly for Mariana to share with us her contributions in 2 more books that are still in the oven 😉

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Ageing together…. On being subjects, not objects!

We will be participating this summer in an exhibition in Fiskars called: Spark! (KIPINÄ Kantaaottavaa nykytaidetta ja muotoilua) from May 12 unti the 15th of September (2013). The exhibition is been curated by Otso Kantokorpi

On display in the exhibition you will find this 8 min video summarizing aspects of the collaboration between the Active Seniors Association and our research group.  Together we have been exploring how new media technologies  support (or not) their goals of growing old together. The video report highlights some aspects of our “ageing together approach”  (from 2003 until 2008)


Andrea wrote the following text for the catalog: The Ageing together premises that lie at the roots of this design collaboration asserts that design engagements should begin not in the studio or in concept design workshops. Instead it insists that the starting (and articulating) point of design engagements that take a stand are best found in the practices, infrastructures and development trajectories of all the people who come together to become ‘clients’, ‘users’ and ‘designers’.

Partly funded by the TEKES project : “ADIK Emergent Digital Practices of Communities” (TEKES, NOKIA, ELISA, AALTO)
Arki research group / Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture – Media Department (
Active Seniors Association – Loppukiri house (

To learn more:

Dahlström, M., & Minkkinen, S. (2009). Loppukiri. Vaihtoehtoista asumista seniori iässä (Loppukiri Alternative Living for Senior Age). Juva, Finland: WSOY.

Botero, A., & Hyysalo, S. (2013). Ageing together: Steps towards evolutionary co-design in everyday practices. CoDesign, 9(1), 37–54. doi:10.1080/15710882.2012.760608

Botero, A., & Kommonen, K.-H. (2009). Aspects of social media design and innovation in a project for ageing together. In C. Mueller & M. Lewkowicz (Eds.), Enhancing Interaction Spaces by Social Media for the Elderly (Vol. 6, pp. 21–34). Bonn, Germany: IISI – International Institute for Socio-Informatics.

Lehtimäki, K., & Rajanti, T. (2007). Local Voice in a Global World – User-Centered Design in Support of Everyday Practices. In Universal Access in Human Computer Interaction. Coping with Diversity (pp. 197–206). Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-73279-2_23

Botero, A., Myller, M., & Suzi, R. (2007). DailyWorks – the journey from customizable towards co-designable in Personal and Shared- Arki papers No. 3 (pp. 32–42). Helsinki: University of Art and Design, Helsinki.

Botero, A., Oilinki, I., Kommonen, K.-H., & Salgado, M. (2002). Digital tools for community building: Towards community-driven design. In T. Binder, J. Gregory, & I. Wagner (Eds.), PDC 02 Proceedings of the Participatory Design Conference (pp. 215–219). Presented at the PDC 02, Mälmö, Sweden: CPSR.

Co-design partnerships – developing technology with experts of everyday life (2008) from Arki research group on Vimeo.

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Are the Users Driving, and How Open is Open?

Last week was the DePicture 79partment of Media first Research Symposium. An event intended for our community to learn more about the different research agendas, projects and activities of everybody. Our department is not that big, but since we are quite a new “merger” we need better ways to create shared understanding. The event was nice and inspiring with a broad range of contributions.

Arki tontu send Kari-Hans to make a presentation based on a paper that will be soon published (March?) by the Journal of Community Informatics, on a special issue on Co-creation of Technology: Innovation by communities. Here a copy of the slides he used (PDF).

In the event there were also posters from doctoral students in Arki: Andrea and Joanna, other doctoral students of the department had theirs as well.

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Book, projects, visits

Arki tontu been very busy and she has not had time to update this site for long, apologies. So here some nice links of stuff we have done lately:

Andrea and Joanna where busy last year with this cool book called “Towards peer production in public services: cases from Finland”. The Book can be freely downloaded from the Aalto ARTS online bookstore or in the website of the project! Andrea, Sanna and Joanna will continue working on that theme in the future, as they got a bit of funding again from the ASF for doing something related to public services and the commons. Stay tuned for more.Book cover

Sanna and Kati where very busy wrapping up the EUScreen project  As part of that they did a very interesting Open Vide Make session in the context of the OKFest last year in Helsinki. There was open data, open content and some art and many communities, museums, archives, libraries and galeries involved! BTW EUscreen ideas are continuing in a new project starting very soon called – to nobodies surprise – EUscreen XL

Kari-Hans is back in Finland after being in Japan as visiting fellow in the Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies III of the University of Tokyo (Joho-Gakkan in Japanese). He worked in several new initiatives, made a lot of contacts and also organized a seminar at the III where Andrea and Sanna had the opportunity to present some of their doctoral studies work.

Aapo and Joanna been fiddling with an App for collaborative media creation for urban planning (a bit of citizens science approached stirred in), some details can be browsed in the CoMeUP site. This work is done with the nice fellows from the Land use planning and Urban studies group (Aalto ENG)

Andrea has continue collaboration with the soberIT (Aalto SCI) guys in the Apps&Os initiative funded partly by ASF

In the meantime the group has also said goodbye to Kati who has moved abroad. We are missing you Kati!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Seminars, workshops, conferences – bits from the calendar

cop2p seminar
Been quite here… but not in our room. Our distributed show & tell of this semester can be browsed through these links:

(23.9.10) Joanna presented at Media Factory’s Spot on locative Media seminar. Most of the arki gang hang out there as well.

(7.10.10) Sanna and Kati went to the First EUscreen International Conference on Content Selection Policies and Contextualisation. Sanna had a presentation there. Same time the annual project review was conducted and they presented work done this year. It went fine and the work was praised.

(22.10.10) Joanna and Andrea where involved in organizing a seminar on the topic of Co-creation, co-governance and peer-to-peer production of public services. Many interesting people attended and there was good discussions. Slides from the presentations are already online and soon videos will follow.

(19.11.10) Kati, Sanna, Anne and Andrew been busy cooking an audiovisual remix workshop for youth in Helsinki. The workshop is part of EU screen and promises to be fun, hands on and stimulating.

(29.10.20) Kari-Hans is attending the Free/Libre Culture forum in Barcelona as part of arki work in Communia Network

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Some summer publications: Design & Complexity and Digital Tools in Participatory Planning

A relatively calm but somehow productive summer has passed. Arki tonttu wants to share 2 new publications by arki people:

1: Botero A, Kommonen K-H, Marttila S (2010) Expanding Design Space: Design-In-Use Activities and Strategies. In Proceedings of the DRS 2020 Conference on Design and Complexity. Ed: Durling D; Bousbaci R, Chen L-L, Gautier P,
Poldma T, Roworth-Stokes S, Stolterman E. Montreal, CA. DRS
Link to PDF in reseda

2: Saad-Sulonen J & Botero A (2010) The Urban Mediator as a tool for public participation: a case of collaboration between designers and city planners. In Digital Tools in Participatory Planning. Ed: Wallin S, Horelli L, Saad-Sulonen J. Aalto University – Center for Urban and Regional Studies Publication Series C79. Espoo
Order from: ytk-tilaus(@)

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UDOI project finished!

After two years of work the project User Driven Open Innovation (part of TIIVIT research program) ended up officially, YEAH! From our point of view the practical cases that where selected in the project proved to be difficult to be steered on an open innovation or even user driven direction, however some valuable lessons for those approaches where learned on the way. Its difficult to have it all!

In the end companies participating in the case studies where satisfied, all the deliverables have been reviewed and published, final seminar was held at VTT – Tampere in the end of May and few papers where written at least by us.

Arki-tonttu is particularly happy with the summaries of arki researcher’s insights condensed in these 3 posters:

Community innovation principles
Understanding user innovation in digital ecosystems
Augmenting the streets and aging together – learning from everyday interventions

Kudos to: Anne, Andrea, Kati, Kristine, Sanna, Aapo and Kari-Hans for their big and small contributions to this. Thanks to all the other partners too (kisses to Nokia NRC, Medineuvo and Tieto for coping with our bad mood ;-))


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TestiKaista – Boxee Application Prototype

Arki-tonttu has been working on an application prototype – TestiKaista – which is an experiment in studying the opportunities provided by new digital audiovisual media, such as how TV experience could expand to include media from Internet and computers at home. The prototype is built with the Boxee ( media center open-source platform, and provides Finnish TV content, using the feed from TVKaista service (

As Boxee enables viewing media from a variety of sources from the couch using a remote control, the experiment has enabled studying how more traditional and online media content and practices get mixed in current media ecosystems.

The prototype was announced and demoed for a larger audience in Medialab Demo Day on 20th May 2010. The source code is published in Google Code with MIT Open Source license.

TestiKaista Boxee channels screenshot

A screenshot of TestiKaista UI (Channels page)

Watching TestiKaista from the couch

A man is watching TestiKaista on a couch

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Show&Tell 3.2010

In our March Show and Tell session, we had a guest presentation by visiting rerearcher Akira Sano, as well as presentations by Aapo, Anne, Sanna, Joanna and Andrea.

Aapo started with a presentation of some experiments he has been undertaking for investigating TV interfaces for web-based content. Aapo has worked on customizing the Boxee application. The tests he has been putting together involve using the customized Boxee application to view content provided by the Finnish service These experiments will be tested by users who are currently using their computers in order to view TV content. We hope to get interesting insight into what could be the future of viewing TV or web-based content together.

Anne presented the latest status of the project she is working on, for the Crisis Management Initiative. The ICT4Statebuilding website is now up and running, but has not been officially released yet as it is still work in progress, waiting for more content to be filled in. The website will be used by CMI as well as hopefully in the future by governments who are in the process of building their own ICT infrastructure. The first pilot case is Liberia.

Akira had prepared a nice “tiny presentation” for us 🙂
He introduced the state of affairs in broadcasting on the Internet in Japan. He mentioned that right now, TV companies in Japan feel that there is a crisis going on in their field. The challenge comes from new broadcasting systems on the Internet. The most popular video sharing sites are You Tube and Smile Video (Nico Nico Douga in Japanese). Smile Video is especially popular with young people, who are fond of its feature that make it possible to collaboratively annotate the videos. USTREAM is also a very popular site used for live broadcasting.
Finally, Akira concluded by saying that broadcasting and movie sharing on Internet may indeed change the structure of media.

Sanna presented some of her ongoing research cases. She has been following the various practices related to video sharing and creative re-use online. She showed us the numa numa video, as a good example of the practice of lip synching and how many people have been following this practice and creating entertaining videos, using the embedded cameras in their laptops (also in the Day at the Office video). This technical possibility to record timed synchronizations by different people at the same time has made it possible for a new genre of collaboratively created online videos to see the day.

Joanna presented an overview of the Digital Habitats: stewarding technology for communities book by Wenger, White and Smith. The concept of Digital stewardship is interesting and helpful for whoever is researching or working with communities who are making use or want to make use of technological tools to support their activity. The book is easy to read and give practical advice on how to go about mapping the different layers that make up the relationships between communities and technologies.

Andrea presented two concepts she is currently interested in (maybe related to own research in the future) 1) Resilience refers to the capacity to deal with change and continue to develop it has been applied for example to understand ecological systems. Can this concept can be useful when thinking of technological systems for example, or when thinking of such complex entities as cities? Some think it might like this article suggests. 2) Prefigurative politics is a term used e.g by Marianne Maeckelbergh in her Reinventing Democracy paper. Maeckelbergh argues that through their activities, the anti-globalization movements are actually experimenting with large scale decision making mechanisms: for example, they create internal conflict on purpose, in order to be able to reach agreements.

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Linked Open Data in Finland

“Linked Data is about using the Web to connect related data that wasn’t previously linked, or using the Web to lower the barriers to linking data currently linked using other methods.”

Arki-tonttu was listening in Linked Open Data in Finland event in Otaniemi (26th March, 2010), what’s happening in the area of Open public data.

The programme was full of well-known speakers (professors, a minister, public servants etc).

Clearly, Open Data, Open APIs and Open Source philosophy has been adopted in public administration. Arki-tonttu can’t wait to see what useful services and inventions this will generate in next five years.

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