Case Studies of Living Lab Engagements in Northern Ireland

Maurice Mulvenna, Suzanne Martin, Brendan Galbraith, Jonathan Wallace, Brian Cleland

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This paper considers a Living Lab based in Northern Ireland, and describes specific examples of how the Living Lab approach can support community-orientated research and innovation activities. Some background information is given on the Living Lab concept and on the particular rationale for the TRAIL initiative in the context of Northern Ireland. Three case studies are described, the first two on care provision for ageing people, and the last on digital tools for eParticipation. The importance of understanding the specific needs of night-time care is highlighted, and a requirement is identified for further research into this area. The challenges of developing reminiscence systems that are usable by older people are discussed. Some of the specific and complex usability issues faced by designers of these systems are described, including the attitudes of older people to technology and a wide range of age-related physical impairments. In both studies the point is made that innovation in care provision can help both those with chronic diseases and their carers. The Parterre eParticipation Project is also described, along with a discussion of planned pilots for specific toolsets. Future plans for the TRAIL lab are outlined and potential areas for future research are identified.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
EditorsP Cunningham, M Cunningham
PublisherInternational Information Management Corporation
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-1-905824-27-4
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - Oct 2011
EventeChallenges e-2011 Conference - Florence, Italy
Duration: 1 Oct 2011 → …


ConferenceeChallenges e-2011 Conference
Period1/10/11 → …


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