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Every action taking place within the project
Framework: An overarching structure that supports different aspects of experimentation activities. It provides context and references to the objectives and purpose of the research, including theoretical and methodological background, as well as highlighting the interconnections of these with specific tools and methods especially suited to achieve the experimentation objectives. A framework may provide a general structure to all experimentation activities in the project, such as the CENTRINNO Framework, may focus on one specific experimentation aspect, such as Impact Assessment of experimentation activities, or may target one specific type of experimentation activities, such as the implementation of Fab City Hubs. For example, the CENTRINNO Framework, explained in this GitBook, or CENTRINNO's Impact Assessment Framework.
Handbook: A documented guide that includes a description of methods or tools. These descriptions may be self-explanatory so the reader can adjust and implement the methods him/herself, or the handbook may be connected to a training program in which the descriptions are complemented with other activities. For example, the Urban Resources Mapping Guidebook.
Infrastructure: Digital platform or physical space in which different people can meet, discuss, work or collaborate together. Infrastructure may also refer to physical and digital interconnected spaces. Within the infrastructure that will be developed in the project, there are several platforms and digital tools that different users can access, provide information to, or use to interact between them. For example, the CENTRINNO Cartography. Fab City Hubs are also a piece of infrastructure that operate through interconnected digital and physical spaces and that cities can implement to foster the Fab City approach.
Method: A component of research that involves a process with several steps. It ends with the delivery of a specific outcome. It may involve one or more tools and be applied according to a unique sequence of the steps in the process. Examples of methods are an interview, a survey, Material Flow Analysis, or Emotion Networking.
Methodology: The justification and logic behind the selection of methods and tools. Even though pilot cities may use the same methods and tools, each will define a different methodology. For example, two pilot cities may use interviews. One of them may use them at the beginning of the sprint in order to have baseline information from local manufacturers, whereas the other may use interviews with participants in a training program at the end of the sprint in order to assess its implementation. The goal and use of the interviews in each case is different. In the first case, they may support the creation of the local network and the development of the local approach. In the second case, the interviews may provide feedback for the pilot city to implement a second iteration of the training program. The methodology is the rationale each of them have for selecting a set of tools and methods.
Program: Any training or working activity that aim at developing specific skills, knowledge or collaboration by and between the participants during a defined span of time. It may have several sessions that take place online or offline and it may be supported by other resources, such as handbooks, platforms or physical infrastructure.
Tool: A single resource used for a specific purpose. It is used during one session or throughout an activity to address a micro mission or any type of challenge, or recurrently during one pilot sprint. It is connected to a method and it supports achieving a specific outcome. Examples of tools are digital exchange platforms (e.g., CENTRINNO Cartography), a piece of paper and pen, a card game, a blog, a persona sheet, etc.
Toolbox: An accessible collection of tools. It doesn't need a explicit goal rather than the collection and sharing of useful tools.
Toolkit: A curated selection of tools that follows a specific logic. This logic is defined by the context where the tools are applied. It includes a description of potential purposes for each of the tools, which combined follow an overall objective. For example, the Fab City Hub Toolkit.