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Key components of a Living Lab

The important components of a Living Lab are Approach, ICT & Infrastructure, Management, Partners & Users and Research.

A Living Lab can be viewed as a milieu for innovation. In this milieu, certain components are important to be able to facilitate the innovation process with its stakeholders. The important components of a Living Lab are Approach, ICT & Infrastructure, Management, Partners & Users and Research. Hence, a Living Lab should focus on building relation with partners and users to be involved in innovation processes. The Living Lab should also have access to multi-contextual environments, as well as high-end technology and infrastructure that can support both the processes of user involvement and technology development and tests. It is also important that the Living lab has a stable organisation with established methodologies suitable for Living Lab practices and research. Finally, a Living Lab need to have access to a diversity of expertise in terms of different partners that can contribute to the Living Lab activities.

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APPROACH this component represents the methods and tools that are used to support Living Lab practices. A smart city Living Lab has an approach based on crowd engagement, digital tools and humans viewed as actors to ensure that innovations answer to human needs.

RESEARCH refers to the actionand design-oriented research and refection processes that take place in the Living Lab. In Living Lab activities, research provides the methodological foundation which guides the process to ensure that valid and reliable results are achieved.

ICT & INFRASTRUCTURE outlines the role that ICT technology can play to facilitate new ways of cooperating and co-creating innovations among smart city stakeholders. This can be supported by e.g. Internet of Things Infrastructures.

MANAGEMENT represents the ownership, organisational and policy aspects of the Living Lab. This can refer to management of the innovation process, partnership building as well as managing the user engagement process.

PARTNERS AND USERS bring their own specific wealth of knowledge and expertise to the collective, helping to achieve boundary spanning knowledge transfer.