What is a "Living Lab"? It is a open innovation ecosystem, operating in a specific context, integrating research and innovation processes within a public-private partnership.* In short, a testbed for research and experimentation.
We propose creating a Living Lab at MIT to allow the community to access, share, and use data about life on campus.
Why? To explore issues around large-scale data integration, privacy, visualization, and performance, as well as social implications of big data.
* according to Wikipedia