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The Practice of IOI in Making

“We had to find you know the right suppliers, and the right parts and custom make some parts and um, eventually we got there.” - A

“Almost always the first step for me is to identify the community that is good at it... figuring out which one of those it is, is a mix of what community is [responsible].” – B

“Did [this new component] just solve my problems and I can just stick it into my project [to improve it] or do I have to figure out how [the new component works in order to change its configuration to work with my parts]? Alright, so I take sort of a people to people approach, or a related project search to start exploring what other projects have parts that might be useful.” – C

“Here's what I have, and I know what is in my inventory, and I know where [new components] can connect, and one might have a wireless means of connecting to my creation, and others might use ethernet, or a new type of cable and/or connector. I have to determine whether my new and existing components speak the same voltage... if not, I have to figure out whether it is worth acquiring or making an interface that can connect old and new parts?” – C

Read more:

Gravel, B.E., Tucker-Raymond, E., Kohberger, K.,  & Browne, K. (2015, September). Literacy practices of experienced makers: Tools for navigating and understanding landscapes of possibility. Paper presented at Fablearn 2015, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA.