Project Overview

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The overall objective of the CoreLabs CA was to achieve a co-ordination of activities towards the establishment of co-creative Living Labs as the foundation of a Common European Innovation System on several levels. A Living Lab is a “functional region” where stakeholders has formed a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) of industries, SMEs,  public agencies, universities, institutes  and people collaborate for creation, prototyping, validating and testing of new services, products and systems in real-life contexts. Such contexts are cities, villages and rural areas as well as industrial plants.

The project officially began on 01/03/2006 and ran until 29/02/2008.

Project Achievements

TSSG were leaders of Work Package 3 – Systemic Innovation of CWE Validation Approaches.  This work package was responsible for the identification of the innovative aspects of a network of Living Labs across the specified CWE Integrated Projects (IPs). As part of this process, activities included the definition of the technical and organisational pre-requisites and requirements necessary for the creation of a European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) and also the specification of a suitable validation approach. WP3 has defined a suitable technological reference architecture that can be used in design of an ENoLL.  The results of the above activities have been analysed and the potential that ENoLL can have for mass-customisation and deployment of new products is identified as part of D3.2. Finally the work package is relating the findings of the activities to the CWE IPs and other Living Labs that make up the ENLL and assist them in adopting the specified validation approaches. The process followed several iterations as the IPs provided  feedback on the relevance the approach has to their objectives.

Submitted accepted paper to eChallenges2007 under the following title: “Services of Living Labs and their networks. Main author C. Fahy.


Added input to the accepted eChallenges 2007 paper “Towards harmonized methods and tools for Living Labs” which had Ingrid MULDER as main author.

Completed a Chapter “Technology Platform for ENoLL” for the Book “Living Labs in Europe – A new approach for human centric innovation in service and business development”

Had book Chapter Accepted to the Encyclopedia of Networked and Virtual Organizations Editors:  Goran D. Putnik* and Maria Manuela Cunha** Chapter is called ” The Living Labs Approach” This book was released late February 2008.


CoreLabs Usability Workshop, Helsinki, 2nd-3rd August 2006


German “Living Lab Event”, September 14th 2006

Launch of the European Network of Living Labs, 21st November 2006 (ArcLabs launched as an official Living Lab member):

CoreLabs Living Lab’s methodology Workshop, Brussels, 27th-28th February, 2007

Co-Creative Research and Innovation to Connect the Lisbon Strategy to People:
European Network of Living Labs Event, Guimarães, Portugal
21st – 23rd May 2007

Brussels Living Lab Event, for concertation, Living Lab workshop and ENoLL 2nd wave induction 15-17 Oct 2007





The CoreLabs consortium is made up of the following partners:

  • Centre of Distance-spanning Technologies, CDT (SE) (coordinator)
  • Bremen Institute of Industrial Technology & Applied Work Science (DE)
  • Helsinki School of Economices (FI)
  • TSSG, Waterford Institute of Technology (IE)
  • Bremen Innovation Agency (DE)
  • ESoCE NET (IT)
  • Fachhochschule Vorarlberg(AT)
  • Turku Area Development Centre (FI)
  • Telematica Institut (NL)
  • NOKIA (FI)
  • IBM (BE)