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1 Use it or lose it: Crowdsourcing support and outreach activities in a hybrid sustainability model for e-infrastructures The ViBRANT project case studies Koureas D., Livermore L., Roberts D. & Smith V. Biodiversity Informatics Group | Department of Life Sciences Natural History Museum, doi: /m9.figshare

2 Maintenance Funding application Project starts Project ends Development phase No further funding or gap in funding for development ? The ephemeral lifecycle of a project 680 Biodiversity Information projects

3 “…telephones do not crash; power supplies do not fluctuate; and clocks do not halt (in general). Similarly, a computational tool (…) must be reliable across time, it must be maintained.” 1 1 Ribes D., Finholt T.A Proceedings of the third International Conference on e-Social Science

4 Project Infrastructure Discovery Individualistic Ephemeral Optional Risk taking Implementation Communal / agreed Persistent Essential Robust & reliable Adapted from Patterson D. 2013, Tempe, Arizona Transition from

5 Maturation indices? Sustainability criteria? Funding for maintenance? How can we secure the future of our projects ? but… so… Post-project sustainability is always a major concern

6 “An infrastructure must be taken as a process instead of a system.” Shift in the way we think of e-infrastructures and information resources Stable/rigid system Dynamic/open process Outsource to the end user community We need to set up the environment that will enable the community contribution Koerten, H. & van den Besselaar P Sustainable Taxonomic Infrastructures: System or Process?

7 For your community to support you you first have to build one Confidence AgilityMarketing Commitment Longevity Adaptability User monitoring Visibility Intuitive interface

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9 Infrastructure maintenance Technical maintenance Open source & modular User support Crowdsourcing support activities Maximising support efficiency Community based sustainability model

10 A network of compatible services with no single point of failure So… how did ViBRANT go?

11 Low Medium High Scratchpads Platform for Cybertaxonomy Platform for Cybertaxonomy Biowikifarm PWT NPT OBOE RefBank GoldenGATE Xper2 GeoCAT CartoDB ESTABLISHED USER BASE

12 Low Medium High ESTABLISHED USER BASE Supporting structures Outreach activities Time of service run Factors for building a healthy user base

13 Scratchpads Virtual Research Environments 600 communities 7,100 active users

14 Data curation Data curation Data analysis Data analysis Data publishing Data publishing Data collection & generation Data collection & generation a seamless workflow

15 Ambassadors programme Share enthusiasm and vision Usage experienceGeographically distributed and cross-domain 20 ambassadors in 16 countries Crowdsourcing the support activities

16 Give talks about Scratchpads Arrange for or give training courses Act as focal point of local Scratchpad expertise Promote the use of Scratchpads in their community Provide support to new local Scratchpad user communities Provide support to local users in languages other than English Ambassadors programme Crowdsourcing the support activities

17 Ambassadors programme Crowdsourcing the support activities planned and organised training courses by Ambassadors

18 Train users Raise awareness | Promote platform On-site Training Crowdsourcing the support activities Train trainers 16 courses in 2013 in 9 countries

19 Crowdsourcing the support activities On-line 3 online courses in 2013 Global reach Low cost Participants from all continents Training

20 Project management – Issues queue Bug reports Feature requests Support queries Redmine open source project management system > 1,200 issues / year Maximising support efficiency 61% processed within a day 1 81% processed within a week 1 1 Brake I. et al Zookeys 150 doi: /zookeys

21 Issue Development Team Support Team Support Team Team member user Maximising support efficiency Project management – Issues queue Straight-forward workflow Co-learning environment

22 Wiki based documentation site Documentation Maximising support efficiency > 115,000 views ca. 100 articles

23 Consistent theming | Constant update Maximising support efficiency Documentation

24 1 Embracing a commons philosophy Adopt CC licences for all support content Maximising support efficiency 2 Improve cost/benefit ratio Adopt open-source support software 3 Keep open communication channels Sustain intuitive communication tools 4 Study your end-user base Perform sociological studies

25 Could a community support model on its own be the solution? Could any our projects follow the Wikipedia paradigm? Probably not yet Hybrid models will need to be applied Conclusions but… Commons +

26 Maintain through development | Anchor to core funding | distributed scheme Commons + Mixed recipe model Combine with:

27 “In order to support research, development and maintenance we must either change reward structures or incorporate new kinds of participants in Cyber-infrastructure efforts.” Ribes D., Finholt T.A Proceedings of the third International Conference on e-Social Science

28 Research Development Maintenance Thank you


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