Library Living Lab presenting RRI at the Smart City Expo, Barcelona 2016
“The first living lab located within a Library was the only living lab with its own stand at the Smart city Expo 2016, with a high number of visitors interested in replicating the Library’s model of innovation and citizen participation”
Sant Cugat’s town council presented key projects in their stand at this year’s Smart City Expo, and the Library Living Lab was certainly one of the featured initiatives. With more than 14.000 visitors and over 600 guest cities, this Living Lab had a prominent space in order to promote Responsible Research and Innovation processes with a bottom up approach. Mercè Conesa as Mayor of Sant Cugat Municipallity and President of Barcelona Provincial Council, Joana Barbany as Deputy Mayor and responsible for Innovation in Sant Cugat, Marta Cano as General Manager of the Network of Public Libraries of Barcelona Province, and Tuija Hirvikoski as President of the European Network of Living Labs and Zsuzsanna Bódi as ENoLL Director were present in the Sant Cugat stand. They all exchanged impressions with Fernando Vilariño and Dimosthenis Karatzas from CVC-UAB, Alberto Valcarce President of Association of neighbours of Volpelleres and Andreu Ares as an representative of the Living Lab users, about their experience in one year of Library Living Lab activity. Sustainability, ecosystem, methodology, policy making, communication and selected activities were part of the debate. Andreu was also showing the amazing task done by the users in the Club 3D, which is developing an autonomous collaborative creation strategy.
The Library Living Lab is a space where new dynamics and protocols of citizen participation to innovation are defined, contextualized in the public library. Here, it is explored how technology transforms the cultural experience of people, and this is done with the participation of all the stakeholders. Furthermore, this space at Sant Cugat is a laboratory of services of the regional libraries network who is interested in replicating the model to other libraries, as well as a real implementation of the quadruple-helix model.
The Library Living Lab was created by a consortium including the Computer Vision Centre, the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the Sant Cugat Town Council, as well as the Provincial Council of Barcelona and the Association of Neighbours of Volpelleres. The initiative is also part of the European Network of Living Labs who had an important presence at the Expo with a dedicated stand to outstanding living labs from all around Europe.
At the Smart City Expo, the Library Living Lab presented the activities that have taken place in the last year as well as the different prototypes and technologies that can be found within this space, featuring the 3D club, technology of augmented reality applied to books and revalorization of digitised cultural works. Within the last year, more than 1000 citizens have participated in the Living Lab’s activities, with more than 35 media mentions and 43 scheduled activities.
The Smart City Expo was the perfect place to present this project, as it is completely aligned with the European Commission’s priorities and the H2020 philosophy, granting access to new technologies to citizens and thus contributing actively in creating veritable Smart Cities.
You can have more information about the Library Living Lab at http://librarylivinglab.com
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