Workshop 20130117

Present: David Giaretta, Simon Lambert, Andreas Rauber, René van Horik, Susan Reilly


Value proposition

  • Inventory of skills
  • How to create business cases
  • SCIDIP-ES and other projects to provide tools to add value
  • Evaluation/rating of tools/services
  • Visibility for digital preservation - lobbying
  • Advice on how to add value
  • Qualifications (basic/intermediate/advanced)
  • What are your problems?
  • Data management planning
  • Data management training (approved? recommendation)
  • Training and qualifications for data scientists
  • Prestige through membership
  • Customisation of preservation tools and services
  • Training
  • Targetted workshops to find needs of big industry - what do they need to access?
  • Visibility for members of VCoE
  • Help for certification
  • Tool advice
  • Brokerage e.g. advice on outsourcing and services
  • Consultancy - need to understand problems

Customer segments

  • APARSEN to understand needs
  • Big science facilities (as end users)
  • Big industry (as end users)
  • Publishers (as they get data)
  • Big libraries (as data holders)
  • Small/specialised libraries (holding data)
  • Organisations seeking to add value
  • Storage vendors as intermediaries
  • SMEs

Revenue streams

  • Brokerage fees
  • Membership
  • Sponsorship
  • Consultancy and training fees


  • Follow up with smaller focussed mtgs - could be national/regional

  • AHM around middle of 2013 for full workshop

  • Meetings with big industries incl Airbus - what are their problems?

  • Also for networks like DARIAH

  • Identify target areas
  • Ask for extra ideas from all partners
  • Then dedicated meeting
  • Yellow stickies:


Service maintenance organisation

Taken from D42.1 release candidate Section 5.3, slightly modified.

APARSEN is setting up a series of online series, including but not limited to a software repository (WP16), a common standards register (WP13), and a training and qualification opportunities register (WP42). In order to continually provide services of value, the registers must feature accurate and up-to-date data. This requires permanent maintenance. A Virtual Center of Expertise Excellence (VCoE) could organize sustainable maintenance processes. Four approaches come into mind: Central maintenance, maintenance by network, maintenance by community, and maintenance by provider.

  • Central maintenance: The VCoE invests own resources for cleansing and updating the register data. This may include subcontracting.
  • Maintenance by network: As a network of stakeholders in Digital Preservation, especially as a network of networks, the VCoE delegates the maintenance task to its members.
  • Maintenance by community: Any volunteer may contribute to updating and inserting register data.
  • Maintenance by provider: Institutions and companies running academia/ Higher Education curricula and offering Continuing Professional eEducation programmes insert und update their respective offer.

All approaches have assets and drawbacks with respect to costs, control, coverage, and quality. Generally speaking, the costs borne by the VCoE and the control over regular and timely execution of the process can be assumed to decrease from the first to the third approach as listed above. The inner two approaches presumably achieve best geographical, language, topic, and application domain coverage. Quality accomplishments in terms of objectivity may vary, as stakeholders involved in the maintenance process may be biased.

The VCoE may decide to establish editorial processes or review processes in order to ensure data quality.

  • Editorial approval: On behalf of the VCoE, editors review and decide about acceptance of register supplements and modifications.
  • Committee review: A selected group of experts reviews register entry supplements and modifications along defined criteria and together decide about acceptance.
  • Community rating and commenting: Any user may comment and rate register entries in public.

In case the maintenance is delegated to VCoE member organisations or qualification and training providers, the VCoE may introduce electronic data exchange interfaces for automatic synchronization with extant databases.

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