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Theoretical Dimension (IDS approach)
Another fundamental aspect of the PRIMER methodological approach is the link to both, research and innovation, understanding that challenging open problems requires a participatory and direct contact with research. This turns the learning subjects in knowledge actors facing the process of both, acquisition and creation of knowledge in a holistic, participatory, critical, and responsible way (to the extent that the addressed research projects highlight the social relevance as well as the engagement with the community).
In order to promote creativity, there is a commitment to use art, usually through collective creations which are lately shown in public, in connection to open debates. This element is indeed motivated from the three angles of the IDS approach: for design science, since it understands the artistic process as a creation of the 'artificial'. For the systems science, in terms of the systematic aspects of art in the relationship between the parts and the whole, but also historically through the relevance of aesthetic reflection in the systemic philosophy and the contemporaneous linkage to some artistic movements such as conceptual art. Finally for the open social innovation, through its fostering of creativity and experimentation in expressive techniques.
A third fundamental aspect is the use of information technology (IT) in its capacity to structure new processes of learning, innovation, design and analysis-of-reality. This relevance is present in the three pillars of the IDS approach: from the systemic point of view, information is an essential component of system dynamics and its adaptation to the environment, thus IT represents a fundamental modification of social systems dynamics; from design science, IT constitutes a privileged space in the creation of the artificial becoming one of its main areas of development. Finally for open innovation, IT offers innovative possibilities to bring about the encounter between social needs and techno-social capabilities, which in turn provide solutions to the faced problems.
In this terrain, the use of interdisciplinary glossaries is remarkable. They are intended to ease the disciplinary understanding as well as the conceptual building brought about from intersection of different disciplines. Interdisciplinary glossaries are built up collectively and are articulated in a system of electronic publications embracing from contributions carried out in learning processes to the elaboration of scientific or technical publications of impact.
To facilitate the effective convergence of tools that makes the development of hybrid ecologies of learning and interdisciplinary research easier, PRIMER pays special attention to the development of an e‐infrastructure that integrates components of e‐education, e‐science and e‐participation with extra attention to multilingualism and inclusion. This is intended to jump over the spatial and temporal limitations of education and practise characteristic of face-to-face environments, thus enabling fertile knowledge alliances.