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

Work Packages

WP1 Management (M1-48)

WP1 leader: Mark Hedges (KCL)


WP1 deals with the overall PERICLES coordination and project management, including :

  • Managing the partners and resources to achieve the general objectives of the project on time and within the allocated budget.
  • Managing the project relationship with the European Commission by ensuring that all the required documentation is completed on time and to the required standard.
  • Organising and chairing regular face-to-face or remote meetings of the Project Management Board, Project Steering Board and Advisory Board.
  • Developing a plan for knowledge and IPR management, and exploitation of results.
  • Identifying potential risks and changes (internal and external) and taking appropriate and timely corrective action.
  • Monitoring and controlling the progress of the work, the timely completion of deliverables of the individual work packages and the use of resources.
  • Setting up and administering the tools, operations and documents required for the efficient operation of the project.
  • Promoting internal communication and flow of information within the consortium.
  • Ensuring ethical rules and codes are maintained.
  • Maintenance of grant agreement and consortium agreement. 

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

WP2 leader: Rani Pinchuk (SpaceApps)

The technical development in PERICLES will be motivated and guided by the requirements for data preservation in two differing but complementary areas, namely media and science.


  • Define a systematic methodology for capturing, combining and documenting requirements across both use cases, and performing evaluations of the technologies developed.
  • Carry out requirements gathering with key stakeholders in the preservation of media and science data to understand the problems and issues. This includes data providers, archivists and end users.
  • Identify and prepare suitable sets of test data for use in the project and develop appropriate domain ontologies for each use case.
  • Define functional and non-functional requirements to guide technology and prototype development.
  • Perform evaluations of the technologies and prototypes developed in the project with users and stakeholders. 

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

WP3 leader: Jean-Pierre Chanod (XEROX)


  • Establish unifying models to describe heterogeneous resources and their dependencies (Linked Resources Model). This includes defining a Link Semantics, in order to discriminate, type and classify links based on their impact on the ecosystem.
  • Define a Semantics for Change Management based on the Linked Resources Model.
  • Derive from the defined semantics and models a specialized language to sustainably manage change and ensure the global consistency of digital ecosystems; demonstrate the language operational capabilities on relevant use cases.
  • Define models for contextualised content semantics that complement the Linked Resource Model with abstraction levels capable of describing correlations among interpretations and use contexts.
  • Extend current lifecycle and preservation models of digital objects to cover changing semantics and user communities.
  • Extend current lifecycle and preservation models to cover change processes of the digital ecosystem (including policies, processes and services). 


WP4 Capturing content semantics and environment (M2-44)

WP4 leader: Stratos Kontopoulos (CERTH)


  • Identify and extract provenance, appraisal and non-descriptive information from the content environment.
  • Extract semantic descriptions about salient concepts and discover, through analysis of use context information, contextual usage-based content-links
  • Enrich concept-based semantic descriptions with background knowledge and derive higher level contextualised content interpretations through their integration.
  • Design self-describing objects embedding content, provenance, appraisal and non-descriptive information. 

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

WP5 leader: Johannes Biermann (UGOE)


  • Develop services for supporting and managing digital ecosystems from a preservation perspective.
  • Develop quality assurance methods for change management of digital ecosystems.
  • Develop services for supporting and managing preservation policies, processes and services, with a special focus on appraisal processes. 

WP6 Architecture and test-beds (M1-48)

WP6 leader: Rob Baxter (UEDIN)


  • Develop an architecture for the PERICLES integration framework, which will form the basis for the case study prototypes.
  • Implement a common integration framework and APIs to support the deployment of specific preservation services.
  • Develop prototype test beds for the media and science case studies that configure the tools and components developed in WP3-WP6 for applications in the respective application domains, and perform any necessary integration with external systems at the test bed host sites.
  • Integrate a common set of preservation tools and software components developed within work packages WP3-WP6, together with additional third-party tools as appropriate.
  • Identify key design characteristics for data lifecycle management and preservation systems, and produce best practice guidelines for the development of preservation systems and services.
  • Investigate issues (practices, methods, tools) affecting the sustainability of data lifecycle management and preservation services based on the use of third party infrastructure. 


WP7  Training (M2-50)

WP7 leader: Nasrine Olson (HB)


  • Promote the research results of the project, both within the partners and among external organisations (including the business community) through educational knowledge transfer.
  • Encourage the use of the methods and tools developed by the project.
  • Enable the project team to fine-tune the development of the research results to meet the user needs by supporting the development of training material. 

WP8 Dissemination (M13-50)

WP8 leader: Pip Laurenson (TATE)


  • Manage the communication network of PERICLES with target audiences.
  • Use the functionality of a dedicated PERICLES project website to showcase project results, publish blog articles, highlight relevant project news, broadcast recordings, and to communicate to the broadest possible audience from communities of interest to communities of practice.
  • Run workshops or meetings to present relevant and consumable research outcomes to a defined public audience be it an engaged community of practice or stakeholder community.
  • Organise a dedicated clustering event in the final year of the project
  • Facilitate and chair virtual meetings of Communities of Practice focussed on topical issues.
  • Attract the interest of key actors in the field of preservation to act as multipliers for the dissemination of the project. This includes engaging with other relevant projects.
  • Disseminate to target audiences through publications, presentation, and other online media.
  • Evaluate and pursue opportunities for contributing to standards. 

WP9 Technology transfer (M1-50)

WP9 leader: Odysseas Spyroglou (DOTSOFT)


  • Perform a market analysis to determine opportunities for sustainable reuse of results, both of specific technologies and research developed by the project as well as the prototypes themselves.
  • Maintain an on-going technology transfer plan so that knowledge about the opportunities for technology transfer can be shared both amongst the project partners as well as externally.