D.2. Scientific work…

D.2. Scientific work plan – methods and means

  • Do not mention explicitly the names of individual scientists, specific research institutions or other bodies (only exceptionally, if the Action cannot be implemented without the participation of a specific Institution, you should clearly mention this with the relevant explanation); Always remember that scientists who have not participated in the preparation are also entitled to join if their countries sign the MoU.
  • Focus on work plan and methods of the Action and not on its organisation.
  • If you plan Working Groups, you may mention their objectives and what they will achieve.

The work plan for the Action will contain the following items: (i) the identification of shared and reusable functionality, as part of a larger plugin and web service architecture; (ii) the selection of an adequate stack of web services and grid protocols, together with (iii) the creation of guidelines for the use of these protocols; (iv) the definition of interfaces for the reusable functions; (v) the selection of existing software components suitable to be ported or ‘re-wrapped’ for delivery in a web services based architecture; (vi) identification of promising services for proof-of-concept implementation.

To some extent the problems to be tackled are technical. The main potential problem is formed by the rapid changes in grid and web services infrastructure. Architectural choices should therefore strike a right balance between experiment and stability. Non-technical problems include different national and institutional traditions and methods in literary studies. The editing environment to be created should not enforce a single editorial method but rather inspire exchange and cooperation of different methods.

In successfully dealing with these problems, a platform for edition and literary studies will be created that is innovative in being open to extension, by partner institutions and non-partners alike. This program will thus create the foundation for a component-based, flexible platform that will facilitate the use of electronic resources in literary studies. It will truly be a shared architecture for a shared heritage.