The third meeting of Working Group1 (in Tarragona, Spain, 15 March 2018)
The third meeting of Working Group 1 was organised in Tarragona, Spain, on 15 March 2018. The activities of WG1 are focused on analysing practices of digitally-mediated collaborative economies.
Over the past year, members of WG1 have prepared methodological toolkit and thematic guidance to help coordinate and inspire research efforts across participating countries. The meeting started with an introduction by Gabriela Avram, followed by a short recap of the previous meetings in Troyes and Funchal by the WG1 Co-Leaders, Dr. Penny Travlou and Dr. Airi Lampinen.
This was followed by a set of presentations and discussion regarding work done by the Methodological Toolkit Taskforce that coordinates the working group’s collection of ethnographic case studies.
First, Penny Travlou gave a short overview of the ethnographic methods. The slideshow is available for WG1 members to support their research as well as to make it easier for new people to join the group’s activities.
Second, there were short presentations on the two sub themes of the case studies: Penny Travlou, Anton Fedosov and Filip Majetic presented the plans for case studies on local initiatives. This was followed by a presentation from Anna Farmaki and Airi Lampinen regarding plans for case studies on Airbnb and alternatives. For both subthemes, the team has prepared a table of relevant themes that is meant to help coordinate and inspire case study efforts.
Third, Venere Sanna presented the refined structure for collecting metadata about case studies as well as some initial summary remarks on metadata input so far. It was deemed that this input will be helpful not only for WG1 but also for WG3 that is focused on the different impacts of collaborative economies.
Next, Cristina Miguel gave a presentation regarding her research project on Airbnb as an example of an already ongoing case study. This lead to a lively discussion among meeting participants.
After the coffee break, we heard a number of short introductions from those in the meeting who had presentations in the Collaborative Economy Seminar the following day. This was followed by a breakout session on the two sub themes of the ethnographic research (Local initiatives & Airbnb and alternatives). Here, all meeting participants took part in refining and giving input on the theme tables. This input will be used to finalize the tables for use by all members of WG1.
Finally, we Gaia Mosconi and Agnieszka Łukasiewicz gave an update on the work they have been doing on compiling a summary document of all the the 28 country reports gathered (for the main part) before the meeting in Troyes. The work on the country reports is close to completion.
(report by Airi Lampinen)