What is Digital Infrastructure?
The definition of digital infrastructure is varied and complex, but in the context of this project we mean any or all of the following:
- A wiki - a website on which users collaboratively modify content and structure directly from the web browser
- An interactive map of local services (including production, processing, distribution, retail, catering, consumption, waste disposal and health promotion)
- Cloud services for on-demand capacity to link up the above services, including a comprehensive database of projects, skills, services, produce and requirements
- Internet connected sensors or devices (otherwise known as the 'Internet of Things' or IoT) for sensing real-time conditions (e.g. organic waste receptacle full, harvest ready for collection, certain ingredients required, delivery/collection van passing nearby etc.)
- Linked smartphone apps
A commons is the cultural and natural resources accessible to all members of a society, so we are using 'digital commons' to simply mean a collection of the above digital services that are accessible to any member of society with access to a computer or smartphone.
Note that while 'Self-organising Action for Food Equity' (SAFE) is unlikely to be able to fund anything more than the basic underpinnings required (for example fully fledged apps can be very expensive to produce), we hope that by using open-source technology users can modify, adapt and extend the platform so that it can evolve as required.
We have also collected a selection of case studies that have inspired us in developing the SAFE project.