The plan for Year 2 and beyond

3. The streams of activity

Stream 3 - Economic and Legal Research

Stream 3 WPs deal mainly with the issues arising from the economic, legal and social points of view. As such, they are influenced by technical restrictions and what is do-able today and in the future (informed by and through WPs from other streams). They establish what is necessary and will be paid for, by whom.

What has been achieved so far

In year 1 WP33 was active from this stream and from the work undertaken D33.1A and D33.1B were delivered early in year 2. Both parts of the WP showed how crucial methods of delivering quality (of repositories and data, respectively), and thus trust, can be implemented, namely by certification of repositories and peer review of data. Both methods may not be the exclusive methods to achieve this, but they are probably the most demanding ones.

General goals for Year 2+

WP33 deliverables are being integrated in the Trust topic and will be vigorously disseminated, in particular through the APA and Cultural Heritage on line 2012 conferences in November and December.

The focus now moves to the Sustainability topic, with work packages on cost of preservation (WP32) and business models for preservation (WP36).

WP36 will focus on economic sustainability in the context of Research Libraries as a very first step. In this way, apart from producing a diagnosis of the current landscape ("preparedness") in digital preservation across Europe, WP36 will also produce a "roadmap", with guidelines for managing research data in the long run and under sustainable conditions. This roadmap will provide an efficient method for defining and reporting about interaction of Science Memory Institutions with other stakeholders policy makers, funders, private industry defined by the BRTF as key stakeholders.

These work packages must work closely together so that the VCoE will be able to provide evidence based advice to its members and others. The outcomes will be an understanding of the validity and applicability of the various models which are available. This understanding will take the results and preliminary findings of previous and on-going WPs into account:

Connections between WPs:

As noted WP32 and WP36 work closely together, but also we recognise that costs are related to the availability of common preservation services (WP21) and storage solutions (WP23), which are within this topic. They also link to the work packages in the Trust topic in that the costs, for example, depend on the quality of the preservation, and business cases link to the Usability topic in that the value of the holdings will depend on how useful they might be. Since we propose to remove WP34 (brokerage service), any elements critical to other WPs, such as the cost and the need to include handover of content in business models, may need to be picked up by WP32 and 36 depending on the resources available.

On the other hand WP32 and WP36 are also related in terms of providing each other with information. Through the WP36 survey valuable data regarding cost models used in various organizations can feed the work of WP32, and the WP32 basic results can provide information to WP36 deliverables on developing exemplar business cases for each of the stakeholder groups.

Plans for integration into the common vision

The work in this stream will provide the materials needed for training about costs and business models, and at the same time enable the VCoE to be a source of a selection of tools and case studies. As with Stream 2 we expect new terminology to be introduced and integrated into the Glossary.

Identification of synergies with other initiatives outside the project

The theme of cost and benefits of preservation (and access) to the digital results of science has sky-rocketed on the agenda of many research funding agencies (national and EU) and its importance and impact is recognized in industry and public service as well. Since the corresponding WPs will mainly take up and evaluated current results, its schedule of activities is extremely timely. Members of the APARSEN team have already (Knowledge Exchange cost workshop, Copenhagen, June 2012) and will continue to contribute to upcoming international workshops and conferences in year 2+. Its findings will influence and support many on-going projects and activities beyond APARSEN partners.

-- SimonLambert - 2012-09-04

Topic revision: r1 - 2012-09-04 - SimonLambert
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