“Casa do Conhecimento” (Knowledge House): Open Innovation Case in an Urban Context

José Ismael Graça (Vila Verde Municipality, Portugal)
Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 211
EISBN13: 9781466603561|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61350-314-0.ch009
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The project “Casa do Conhecimento” (Knowledge House), based on a partnership between the Vila Verde Municipality, the University of Minho, and the Computer Graphics Center, is a case of adoption of the open innovation paradigm in a public administration context. The purpose of the Knowledge House is to work as a municipal infrastructure that invests in information technologies, and a set of technological assets and associated services. The aim is to create a space to support creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship as a local implementation of the Living Lab concept. This chapter will present the project Knowledge House in detail. It begins by approaching the theoretical assumptions that make the project highly relevant and actual; afterwards it describes the case with the aim of setting the stage for presenting the socio-economic impact of the project, and proceeds by detailing the project and what is being done to create the Knowledge House in Vila Verde, Portugal. Finally, it describes what will be done in the near future and details the expected socio-economic impacts of the Knowledge House.
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