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It’s 2014, heres what we’ve been working on over Christmas and New Year

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January 2, 2014

Design, Media, Uncategorized

It’s 2014, heres what we’ve been working on over Christmas and New Year

As everyone was downing tools for Christmas, the BARTER team were hard at work drafting up the  publication. In doing so, the next part to the project was conceived. This involved designing and developing the visualisations, to help understand the flow of money. So far we collected some initial data from […]

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2013 Project Recap

2013 Project Recap

In recent months, we have been working as a team to hone our research strategy, and exploring the possibilities for designing the BARTER system to have maximal positive impact. As part of the process of shaping these ideas, we have written and submitted several publications that describe the need for technological solutions that promote […]

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Latest Idea: BARTER Market Stall

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August 28, 2013

Design, Local Trade, Mobile, Research

Latest Idea: BARTER Market Stall

Every BARTER business member will have access to a BARTER market stall. The “BARTER market stall” gives small businesses the opportunity to promote their services, products in a shop window inspired display. The team are investigating ways to introduce payment mechanisms into the market stall, to give merchants the ability to […]

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Milestone #1 REACHED

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August 16, 2013

Android, Aplha, Design, Mobile

Milestone #1 REACHED

Yesterday we reached our first major milestone, delivering the first version of the mobile client to all the members of the team. This means that we can now go out and test the software amongst businesses and organisations in Lancaster. With the help from ESTA we hope to attract around […]

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In the press

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August 1, 2013

Design, Media, Partnership

In the press

The project aims to create a loyalty trading system which records trades and tracks the trading patterns within its network to reward sustainable and locally beneficial trading behaviour in Lancaster. Using mobile and web technology, the 18-month project favours local trading within a community, aiming to map where money is […]

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First paper for BARTER accepted

First paper for BARTER accepted

Today our first paper (Designing a mobile service as a facilitator for capturing local trade data) for the BARTER project was accepted into the proceedings of Academic MindTrek2013, October 1-4, 2013, Tampere, FINLAND. We will be presenting the paper during the conference. Authors: Paul Coulton Adrian Gradinar Mark Lochrie Jon Whittle […]

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The BARTER research project

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July 20, 2013

Android, Aplha, Design, Mobile, Prototype

The BARTER research project

The BARTER research project aims to use mobile and ubiquitous computing to raise the understanding of how fiscal localism can produce new complementary economic models to build a more sustainable society. Background Part of the Government’s package of measures to combat the current ongoing economic crisis is to promote growth […]

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Introducing BARTER

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June 21, 2013

Local Trade, Prototype

Introducing BARTER

BARTER has spun out of a Catalyst launch pad called Local Trade: local wealth or can we all profit from being good? Local Trade is one of two Catalyst launch pads and aims to create a loyalty trading system which records trades and tracks the trading patterns within the system to […]

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