User-centered service system from Water Ecosystem information



What kind of operating model supports the cooperation between the public and private sectors in the production and utilization of water ecosystem knowledge? How can public sector environmental information collected be used by companies service development? What kind of new business opportunities are emerging from environmental information can be found through service design? How to activate citizens to participate in the gathering of environmental information?


These are among the questions discussed in the VETCombo project funded by Tekes Water Program. The aim of the project is to explore, develop and exploit user-driven service systems, which are built on collection, use and commercialization of diverse knowledge from the water ecosystem. Service design methods were used in the commersialization of the information.

The VETCombo project

1) promoted the efficient use of public information resources and systems for business

2) It was examined what kind of service system creates business based on water ecosystem-based information

3) piloted service design in the development of service production  both in public and private sector utilizing ICT technology

VETCombo project started at the beginning of August 2011, and lasted until the end of 2013. The project research partners are Environmental Sciences at the University of Helsinki, University of Helsinki, Lammi Biological Station, the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), University of Jyväskylä, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture and the Western Finland Design Centre Muova.