How Learning Layers is reaching out to stakeholders?

Engaging stakeholders has been one of the key strategies for preparing future scaling and sustainability activities. Despite being difficult to measure, building trust with these stakeholder groups has been one of the key results in the first project year. In its first year, the project has engaged with over 70 stakeholders in the two pilot clusters alone. This includes SMEs as well as several multiplier organisations, including business networks, communities of practice, vocational training centers, local and regional chambers of commerce and industry, and the confederation of German construction industry.

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Further stakeholder groups the project has actively engaged with have been regional clusters, mainly through their management organisations, as well as policy makers and researchers working in the field of regional innovation and development. The project participated in three international cluster conferences, a cluster training event, and has held several personal meetings with key influencers. As a result of this, a business model is now emerging that builds on service innovation and service platforms and that focuses on the regional value chain and its innovative capabilities rather than on single organisations. This targets particularly regional cluster organisations and is focused towards creating and innovating services for training and skills development in the wider region rather than in the narrow context of an individual organisation.

The project is reaching out towards software developers following a clear open source strategy. For engaging these stakeholder groups and increasing their trust and level of commitment, the project has been developing several Learning Layers Offerings as early project results that create value for stakeholders.

The Open Design Library (ODL) is a collaborative space that captures the design-based research process. The aim is to engage and involve organizations in the healthcare and construction pilot clusters, other researchers and stakeholders, including developers, within the design process to uncover ideas about learning as part of the inquiry process. The ODL is used for crowdsourcing development of innovative ideas, collecting end-users feedback and as a showcase for design ideas.

The Open Developer Library (ODevL) was set up, a development infrastructure that is open to external developers and enables eliciting and managing user requirements, hosting the source code, tracking issues, and managing a continuous integration process. The collaborative approach to requirements management has earned recognition at international conferences.

Project Based Learning has been developed both to promote engagement with stakeholders from the research and development community and at the same time to increase the capacity of the Learning Layers partnership. It focuses on partners acting as customers for students required to undertake a practical project.

The following developments have been initiated through these approaches:

  • REFLECT App – Recording Ideas and Learning
  • SEVIANNO which is currently being enhanced with Social Semantic Server functionalities
  • Developing support for an interactive exhibition on Sustainable Building and Construction
  • Mobile innovation games 
  • Brick Laying Apps and Smart Glasses
  • SpirOnto – Semantically Enriched Patient Documentation

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