OFFe background facts
OFFe is the
VLM Institute’s largest project
to date. In July 2004 the VLM Institute’s project management team
used its experiences, completed workshops, trends monitoring, etc.
to develop the content for an application intended for
Mål 2 Norra.
parties in the VLM Institute’s Triple Helix network who may be
interested in taking part in the project were contacted in August.
The project content was then further developed in joint consultation
with the parties. The interested parties’ financial contribution to
the project was also established.
application was drafted and submitted to Gävleborg County
Administrative Board and Mål 2 Norra.
20 October, it was announced that the VLM Institute had been granted
funding application for the OFFe project.
November and December, the parties cross-referenced their
expectations, visions and resources. The terms and conditions of
their collaboration were regulated through a partnership agreement.
office for the project was set up at Sandbacka Park in Sandviken,
and selected municipal employees were transferred from their regular
duties in order to take part in the management group of the OFFe
Procurements for a basic agreement were conducted in January and
March and April, selected individuals independently ‘investigated’
the project’s business areas. This form of trends monitoring
resulted in an extensive collection of reports.
May, these reports were analysed and attractive development areas
were singled out. The project’s management group used these reports
for the development of some twenty ‘e-concepts’, i.e. descriptions
of IT support placed within specific situations. 13 of these
concepts subsequently took the form of 13 marketing folders. These
folders were then used for the evaluation of the e-concepts by a
selection of users, IT strategists, purchasers, teaching staff and
supervisors, amongst others.
findings of these evaluations were compiled at the beginning of
July, and they are now used as guidelines for the continuing project