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Project Outcomes

DiSSCo Prepare consists of nine targeted Work Packages WP covering all the project’s dimensions. Each WP will generate a varied output of milestones and deliverables (reports, analyses and actionable recommendations). These deliverables will become living documents reflecting DiSSCo’s continuous planning and stewardship. By project end, the sum total of all DiSSCo Prepare deliverables will be compiled, thus providing the framework for DiSSCo’s Construction Master Plan. The Master Plan will guide DiSSCo’s next stage: the Construction phase (2022-2024).


In keeping with DiSSCo’s commitment to open access and open science, all DiSSCo project deliverables including those pertaining to its design study (ICEDIG) and the DiSSCo-linked projects Synthesys+ and DiSSCo Prepare are published and may be sorted by project and thematic domain, printed, or downloaded.

You can see the full list of DiSSCo Prepare deliverables in the table below. To access those that are already available, click on the yellow button and go to DiSSCo’s Knowledge Base.


As opposed to the project deliverables, DiSSCo’s milestones will not be made publicly available by default. However, the list below can be used to track the project’s progress. Should you have a question about a specific milestone, please contact us!

DiSSCo Prepare

If you wish to contact Project Coordinator Dimitris Koureas or Project Manager Eva Alonso, you can do so via

NrTitleDate WP
1Corpus of life science user stories and use cases compiled, gaps identified and new surveys, if any, initiatedOctober 20201
2Corpus of Earth science user stories and use cases compiled, gaps identified and new surveys, if any, initiatedOctober 20201
3Corpus of previous studies on prioritisation of digitisation compilFebruary 20221
4Corpus of previous studies on socioeconomic impact compiledFebruary 20221
5Recommendations on suitable training mechanismsDecember 20212
6Landscape analysis of BPs for training delivery completedMay 20222
7Compilation of services and facilities to be included in the helpdesk completedSeptember 20212
8Needs for helpdesk Supporting Documentation identifiedJanuary 20222
9Interviews with HR managers completedJanuary 20212
10Portfolio completedJanuary 20222
11Consultation and analysis (1/4 contributing to Deliverable 3.1)July 20203
12Prototype institutional dashboards (2/4 contributing to D3.1)January 20213
13Case Studies (3/4 contributing to D3.1)May 20213
14Digital and data competencies framework (4/4 contributing to D3.1)Juillet 20213
15Standard Operating Procedures for digitisation (SOPs) (1/4 contributing to D3.2)January 20223
16Best practice standardised Extract, Transform and Load (ETL) procedures (2/4 contributing to D3.2)March 20223
17Pre-Digitisation Curation (3/4 contributing to D3.2)May 20223
18Digitisation Monitoring (4/4 contributing to D3.2)May 20223
19Development of staff secondment procedures (1/2 contributing to D3.3)February 20223
20Distributed teamwork practices (2/2 contributing to D3.3)January 20233
21Workshop on parametersMay 20204
22Needs listed based on potential financial returnJanuray 20214
23Revenue stream based on identified partnershipsSeptember 20214
24Requirements for implementation of Cost BookJuly 20224
25Set of indicators forming the basis of Cost BookJuly 20204
26Capital expenditure indicators for the Cost BookJuly 20214
27IT infrastructure and data preservation indicators for the Cost BookJuly 20224
28Functional technical implementation of DiSSCo Knowledgebase and documentation of most relevant building blocksJuly 20215
29Implementation of concepts for sustainability of services, CMS, and overall TRLJuly 20215
30Documentation of PIDs relevant for DiSSCo technical infrastructureJuly 20215
31DiSSCo Knowledgebase fully operationalJanuary 20225
32Compilation of relevant data standardsJanuary 20215
33A functional prototype of DiSSCo Modelling FrameworkJuly 20215
34Compilation of data standards forming the basis for the initial version of the DiSSCo Digital Specimen Object SpecificationsJanuary 20225
35A functional prototype for interoperability and exchange implemented by a subset of CMSMarch 20226
36Demonstrative implementation of Machine Learning services for the DiSSCo knowledge graphSeptember 20226
37Specific user services, in particular, UCAS and European Loans and Visits System (ELViS), to make use of the DiSSCo APIsMarch 20226
38Establish MoUs with relevant initiatives like GBIF, iDigBio, ALA, Geo BON, ELIXIRSeptember 20226
39Analysis of the legal entity models and their suitability for achieving DiSSCo objectivesDecember 20207
40Summary of NTFs' comments on the governance model elaborated for the submission phaseFebruary 20217
41Draft strategy document and operational planning (Task 7.1)July 20217
42Summary of NTFs' comments on the proposal for an update/ upgraded governance model (Task 7.1)February 20227
43Design of the DiSSCo policy framework tool (Task 7.3)January 20217
44Website Operational (Task 8.1)March 20208
45First communication strategy campaign launched targeting national nodes engagementJuly 20208
46National & Institutional level strategies collectedJuly 20208
47Setting criteria for the procurement frameworkOctober 20208
48Initial findings for specialisation planJuly 20218
49Identifying indicators for alignmentJuly 20218
50Outreach & Advocacy Strategic plan first version in placeJuly 20218
51-62Executive Board MeetingsEvery 3 Months9
63-67Funder Forum MeetingEvery 6 Months9
68Risk Registry UpdateJanuary 20219
69-70RoundtablesJuly 2021/229