The Universitat Jaume I (UJI) has set up two new large sized multitouch screens in the Rectorate building and in the Llotja del Cànem, Seu de la Ciutat, an initiative framed within the e'LivingLabs Project to equip centres that exchange knowledge and innovation. This project, which is co-financed by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Technological Innovation within the National Scientic Research, Development and Technological Innovation Plan 2008-2011 and by the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER, in Spanish), was led by Juan Antonio Bertolín from espaitec, the Science, Technology and Business Park of the UJI.

From this equipment, visitors may access all the information available about the university: general information and maps, its training offer, agenda, and the contact details of its various schools and university services. In this way, the new screens will become an interactive information point to help improve the user’s experience, whatever his or her profile: future student, undergraduate student, postgraduate student, former student, etcetera.

This action, which is framed within the eLivingLab Project, is yet another example of experimental innovation that centres on users. During the development phase, many direct university agents, such as teachers, professors, computer science groups, school students, InfoCampus staff, among others, have been able to directly test and collaborate with this application. Besides, two espaitec firms have been involved in this project. The virtual firm Double Experience has provided the large-sized screens, while start-up 4TIC has developed the applications and the informative contents by adapting the app developed for UJI to these new large sized supports.

The Universitat Jaume I has valued such initiatives and collaborative projects very positively as they help bring the University’s R&D results and its development closer to society, which is the ultimate, main beneficiary of the advances made in various knowledge areas.