C.2. Secondary objectives
A secondary goal is to accompany the roadmap with a set of proof of concept web services functioning as an example implementation of the technical infrastructure model.
The paramount condition for producing a manual that will be endorsed by a larger community of scholarly researchers in the field of (digital) literary research is the possibility for a sufficiently large number of experts from that field to meet and discuss the concepts and requirements of the proposed infrastructure. Therefore one objective of the Action should be to create enough occasions for such researchers to meet on this subject. These meetings should also include a number of IT-researchers, well-informed on the particular needs of the literary research community, to guide and support the literary domain experts in inferring viable technical recommendations.
The manual that will be delivered should describe an interoperability protocol for on line services that support collaborative scholarly editing and publishing. The manual will also describe a proposed development and maintenance strategy for tools delivered to the infrastructure and will include research results addressing the usability issues specific to a digital literary research environment.
The expected scientific impact is a considerable advancement of international collaborative literary research. It will be possible to revive a number of research endeavors that are dormant by lack of technical infrastructure. The use of delivered tools within the research community will have a significant methodological impact, resulting in promoting reproducibility of measurements and research results, also resulting in a more algorithmic modeling approach to literary research.