Pericles project
Promoting and Enhancing Reuse of Information throughout the Content Lifecycle taking account of Evolving Semantics


WP2 Case studies: user requirements and evaluation (M2-50)

Number Title and description Delivery DateStatus
D2.1 Requirements gathering plan and methodology

This document describes the methodology for requirements gathering that will be followed by PERICLES to support an understanding of the tools software produced by the project in the context of the scenarios and workflows identified as specific case studies.

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D2.3.1 Media and Science Case Studies Functional Requirements and User Description

This deliverable is a requirements gathering and specification report, which contributes to an understanding of the requirements across the PERICLES user communities. The deliverable specifically addresses the gathering of data, data access, and preservation capabilities required within and across different user communities. Two very different application domains, Art and Media and Space Science, were selected, explored and detailed as the main case studies.

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D2.3.2 Data survey and domain ontologies for case studies

Together with deliverable D2.3.1 Functional Requirements and User Descriptions which informs this deliverable, they aim to elucidate the data relevant for the case studies, and their preservation requirements and dependencies.

In particular, the data surveys provide an overview of various types of data relevant for the case studies. This overview contains not only a description and typical properties such as the data creator, its location and so on, but also an indication of the stages of the data continuum and how this data relates to other data and concepts. The domain ontologies build on this by representing a data and knowledge cloud of the concepts in the case studies. Together, the data surveys and domain ontologies aim to provide additional information for work on the research objectives.

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D2.3.3 Initial Evaluation Report
The initial evaluation report is the first of three reports in the PERICLES evaluation campaign. The user or stakeholder evaluations reflect the iterative approach of the project in 3 phases. The user trials will evaluate the methodologies and tools software produced by the project in the context of the scenarios and workflows identified as specific case studies.

This document first outlines the evaluation methodologies applied, and then moves on to describing the actual evaluation activities followed by a summary and assessment of the evaluation outcomes. 

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D2.3.4 Second Evaluation Report

This document is the second of three reports which reflect PERICLES commitment to evaluating its research and development activities and results. It presents the applied evaluation methodology and the rationale behind the selected approach.

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D2.3.5 Final Evaluation Report

This deliverable reports on the final user evaluation. The evaluation assesses the value of the research carried out during the PERICLES project for the targeted end users, represented by the use case partners Tate and B.USOC.

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WP3 Dependency and change management models for digital ecosystems (M2-M49)

Number Title and description Delivery DateStatus
D3.2 Linked Resource Model

This document describes the Linked Resource Model (LRM), an OWL ontology that can be used to model dependencies between digital resources and enable the description of evolving digital ecosystems.

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D3.3 Semantics for change management

A number of different topics are described in this report, including: extensions to the previous version of the Linked Resource Model (LRM) to take into account dynamic issues and be able to represent change management related concepts; definitions of the different lifecycle stages of resources and corresponding semantics; algorithms that based on the previous notions can perform change propagation within the whole dependency graph but also more localised changes and impact calculation. This document is a companion to the ontology that describes all main notions dealt with in our model (included in the archive) and also presents the operational components (i.e. algorithms) that can be used to perform change propagation in that context.

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D3.4 Language for change management

In this deliverable we expose the main principles of ReAL (Resource Action Language), a language designed to address the need for systems to react to the stimuli received from continually evolving environments hence supporting change management in long-term digital preservation.

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D3.5 Full report on Digital Ecosystem Management

This deliverable describes the results from task 3.5 on two main topics: the functional architecture and the Digital Ecosystem Model.

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WP4 Capturing content semantics and environment (M2-44)

Number Title and description Delivery DateStatus
D4.1 Initial version of environment information extraction tools

This deliverable will define what constitutes significant environment information, supporting novel approaches for its collection and taking into account a wider scope of collectable information, to improve the information use and reuse, both in the present and in the future.
Digital objects (DOs) live in an environment containing a variety of information that can be relevant to their use. In order to take into account all the information needed, we take a very broad view on the DO environment, considering information from anywhere, at any time, and of any type. We recognise that some of the environment information external to the organisation in charge of the data could change or disappear at any given time. Collecting such information at creation and use time is thus very relevant for the preserving long-term use of the data.

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D4.2 Encapsulation of Environmental Information

This deliverable describes the set of PERICLES sheer curation tools by a framework of information encapsulation techniques which can be used in this context. Along with this deliverable comes the release of PeriCAT on GitHub under Apache v.2 open source license. 

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D4.3 Content Semantics and Use Context Analysis Techniques

This document summarises the work conducted within task T4.3 of WP4, focusing on the extraction and the subsequent analysis of semantic information from digital content, which is imperative for its preservability. More specifically, the deliverable defines content semantic information from a visual and textual perspective, explains how this information can be exploited in long-term digital preservation and proposes novel approaches for extracting this information in a scalable manner.

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D4.4 Modelling Contextualised Semantics

This document summarises the work conducted within task T4.4 of WP4, presenting our proposed models for semantically representing digital content and its respective context – the latter refers to any information coming from the environment of the digital object (DO) that offers better insight into the object’s status, its interrelationships with other content items and information about the object’s context of use.

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D4.5 Context-aware content interpretation

This deliverable summarises the work conducted within task T4.5 of WP4, presenting PERICLES proposed approaches for contextualised content interpretation, aimed at gaining insightful contextualised views on content semantics

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WP5 Tools for the preservation management of ecosystems and processes (M2-46)

Number Title and description Delivery DateStatus
D5.1 Initial Report on Preservation Ecosystem Management

This document introduces the concept of a digital ecosystem as an approach to conceptualize digital preservation. In comparison to other approaches the digital ecosystem concept explicitly tries to capture dependencies involving non-technical aspects, in addition to technical ones. In the current version the digital ecosystem is considered to consist of entities which are subject to different kinds of change and which are connected by different kinds of dependencies. By explicitly modelling the digital ecosystem as a dependency graph the preservation of key features can be planned, managed and supported by tools.

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D5.2 Basic Tools for Digital Ecosystem Management

This deliverable describes the current state of the WP5 Digital Ecosystem (DE) research and tools developed for the PERICLES project, together with the concepts, models and software associated with them. The developed tools can be used independently or in combination with test scenarios, which will be part of the WP6 test beds.

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D5.3 Complete tool suite for Ecosystem Management and Appraisal Processes

This document provides primarily a summary of the tools and approaches developed in support of digital ecosystem management (WP5), as well as reference to tools, models and approaches developed elsewhere in the project, including the project’s functional architecture described in the deliverable D3.5 Full Report on Digital Ecosystem Management.

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WP6 Architecture and test-beds (M1-48)

Number Title and description Delivery DateStatus
D6.1 First version of Integration Framework and API Implementation

This document is a summary of the first version of a framework for integrating and testing components in the PERICLES project. This document describes a test-driven approach to integration for a conceptual system framework based on the OAIS model, describing the main components that might be expected in such a framework, and the interactions between them in terms of expected behaviours and protocols for communication. The document describes common protocols that will operate in the integration frameworks, rather than defining specific APIs at this stage in the project.

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D6.2 Initial Version of Test Bed Implementation

The deliverable describes the first version of the test bed, which is based on the integration framework as described in the D6.1 implementation. It also marks the milestone MS3 Initial version of prototypes, first iteration of the evaluation of the integrated prototype.

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D6.3 Specification of Architecture, Components and Design Characteristics

This document describes the PERICLES test-bed architecture, designed to demonstrate concepts, components and test scenarios developed throughout the project. The description will display the high level interaction of semantic, dependency and execution models within PERICLES and how tests using exemplar model implementations can be enacted using the test-beds. The document does not prescribe any definitive “PERICLES system” but rather details a framework within which PERICLES concepts are demonstrated. 

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D6.4 Final version of integration framework and API implementation

This document describes the final version of the PERICLES integration framework which has been developed to support a scenario-based approach to archive and preservation operations and facilitate easier testability and usability evaluation. 

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D6.5 Design practices and operational sustainability for data preservation systems

This document introduces the motivation for digital ecosystem management, illustrated with specific use cases, the problems and difficulties to deal with, and possible strategies. It also provides an insight into automation of preservation management. 

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D6.6 Final version of Test Bed Implementation

This deliverable describes the final version of the PERICLES experimental Testbed for model-driven preservation.

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WP7 Training (M2-50)

Number Title and description Delivery DateStatus
D7.1 Report on Training Needs

This document aims to present the results of the assessment of training needs and modes of training undertaken in the partner organisations TATE and B.USOC and related organisations. A study of training activities in other digital preservation related EU commissioned projects was also undertaken with the dual aim of learning from their experience and finding projects with which collaboration in training might be possible. A review of the limited existing research literature on training for digital preservation was also carried out. 

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D7.2 Training material

This deliverable accompanies the training material produced by the project, which is available online at

Please note some modules are still works in progress and will be completed by the end of 2016.

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D7.3 Report on training activities

This deliverable analyses the work done within PERICLES for the purpose of promoting the project results through the medium of training. Based on the experience in terms both of successes and lessons learnt, we offer guidance for other projects facing the challenge of designing training events and material for sophisticated theoretical and abstract research and technical development outcomes.

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WP8 Dissemination (M13-50)

Number Title and description Delivery DateStatus
D8.1 Initial version of project website

The initial version of the project website was made available in M2:

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D8.2.1 First version of dissemination plan

This document is the first iteration of a dissemination plan which will subsequently be updated on a yearly basis. It describes the rationale of the dissemination of project information, the objectives to be communicated, the strategies to pursue the dissemination of these objectives, the target groups, planned activities and the related timeline for February 2014 to January 2015. It also gives a summary of what has been carried out so far, in particular in supporting tools created, and what the monitoring strategies for the tasks of WP8 are. 

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D8.2.2 Second version of dissemination plan

This document describes the updated dissemination plan, which is built on the achievements and experiences from the first project period and the resulting enhanced understanding of how to better communicate our objectives, results and work progress to the relevant user communities. It depicts suitable and efficient ways to engage the different communities in a dialogue in order to receive valuable feedback for our work and plans. This dissemination plan should not be understood as a strict set of activity deadlines by which to adhere but rather as guiding principles around which to structure necessarily opportunistic engagement activity.

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D8.2.3 Third version of dissemination plan

This is the last deliverable of the dissemination work package prior to the production of the final report to be submitted at the end of the PERICLES project. This third iteration of the dissemination plan therefore focuses on both the planning for the next phase and the progress on the activities targeted in the last iteration. This document offers an update on what has been achieved and/or adjusted in order to meet the project’s and the communities’ requirements with respect to dissemination.

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D8.3 Report on dissemination activities

This deliverable analyses the work done within PERICLES for the purpose of disseminating the project results on a large scale and promoting the results within the stakeholder communities. Based on the experience in terms both of successes and lessons learnt, we offer guidance for other projects facing the challenge of disseminating sophisticated theoretical and abstract research and technological development outcomes to the public and key stakeholders of the user communities with limited technical background.

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WP9 Technology transfer (M1-50)

Number Title and description Delivery DateStatus
D9.1 Initial Version of Technology Transfer Plan

Investigating the needs of modern preservation and archiving of digital repositories, it quickly becomes obvious that traditional practices and technologies are not cut out to meet the future demands that can easily be anticipated when looking at the fast development of user and technical requirements. Clearly, a new approach is needed to assure that the data generated today is available and useful tomorrow for the next generation of users. As scientific, engineering, and media data and their related metadata are generated across different lifecycle phases, in a continually evolving environment, the concept of a fixed and stable “final” version becomes less relevant. Long-term sustainability mechanisms are needed to deal with technological obsolescence (e.g. of formats, software), “semantic decay” of digital assets (understanding changes over time, e.g. due to changes in use of terminology), and discipline and societal changes as the data evolves across different phases of the information lifecycle. Maintaining the complex relations and dependencies between the components of this ecosystem is key to achieving “preservation by design”, through models that capture intents and interpretation contexts associated with digital content.

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D9.2 Reiteration of Technology Transfer Plan

This deliverable constitutes an update to our initial exploitation plan (D9.1 submitted in M18), describing our shift in focus from the initial “exploitation approach” to what we now more appropriately term a “Technology Transfer” solution. The latter reflects our endeavour to facilitate sustainability of all key project outputs and ideas regardless of their potential for purely commercial exploitation.

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D9.3 Report on technology transfer activities

This deliverable analyses the work done within PERICLES for the purpose of creating a basis to ensure the sustainability of the project results. Based on the experience in terms both of successes and lessons learnt, we offer guidance for other projects facing the challenge of planning and preparing actions to sustain sophisticated theoretical and abstract research and IT development outcomes which are not market-ready, but need to be taken up by the research and user communities for the next maturity level.

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