ODE Plans

Action plan: The ODE project work plan is constructed around an iterative approach of gathering, analysing and disseminating information over three phases. Gather a critical mass of readily available information on best practices, success stories, near misses, and honourable failures in data sharing today.

  1. Drill down on specific issues of drivers and barriers for data sharing, re-use and preservation and can then project the existing baseline into the future.
  2. Present our findings about issues relevant to specific target audiences in formats suitable for each audience.


Support activities: The primary challenge for the ODE project is to ensure that credible evidence about attitudes towards and experience of data sharing and (re)use is gathered, interpreted and summarised in meaningful and relevant ways for each of our target groups. Three main support activities will follow the axes of content and communication.

  1. Engage the audience and capture evidence: compiling existing knowledge, attitudes and experiences towards data-sharing and (re)use and the role of datasets in publishing. Disseminating this baseline as examples of good/poor practice.
  2. Dialogue with the audience and interpret evidence: drilling down into the evidence with commentators from the various audiences, identifying drivers and barriers and stakeholder-specific concerns. Projecting the baseline into future scenarios.
  3. Audience takes-up results and evidence is published: Mapping findings to meet audience-specific needs and packaging appropriately.

Target audiences: One key target audience for ODE will be the European Commission bodies overseeing the implementation of research infrastructures and the corresponding e-Infrastructures for scientific data. We will report on the attitudes, affinities and needs of research communities towards data-sharing, re-use and preservation and steps that may need to be taken to reach a critical mass of data users.

Policy-makers across the Member States (exemplified by, but not limited to, entities such as EUROHORCs and ESFRI) will be able to draw on the body of evidence produced by ODE on attitudes of the research community and funding agencies towards data-sharing and the potential barriers to widespread adoption of the principle of data re-use. Information on scientific and scholarly incentives will facilitate decision-making. Exploring opportunities for data re-use beyond the research community will help assessing the impact of policies.

The infrastructure operators and the national funding agencies who will take over the responsibility for funding the infrastructures in the longer term will also benefit from the evidence collected by ODE.  They will be able to base strategic decisions on the focussed validated user needs of providers and of consumers of those data. Our work will also help operators to consider the cost-benefit justification of their facilities and the sustainability of their future business and financial plans.

Finally, the research communities themselves will find significant value in the answers to be provided by ODE. They will be exposed to best practices, success stories and opportunities in existing, multi-disciplinary, data sharing, re-use and preservation) in emerging e-Infrastructures. They will gain insight on the design of a data-sharing layer within a European e-Infrastructure, which will guide planning of future projects and involvement in existing initiatives. In addition, ODE will offer a platform to research communities who are early adopters of data sharing to have their voice heard and influence other stakeholders regarding the opportunities that spreading of best practices can imply.


International aspects: e-Infrastructures require a cross-domain and trans-national approach. By its nature, ODE will collect evidence and information across disciplines and from key stakeholders, and strive for dissemination across the Member States, and through other disciplines.

Contract n°: RI-261530

Project type: CSA-SA

Start date: 01/11/2010

Duration: 24 months

Total budget:

759 694 €

Funding from the EC:

720 000 €

Total funded effort in person-month:


Web site:

Available November 2011

Contact person:

Salvatore Mele

email: Salvatore.Mele[AT]cern.ch

tel.: +41227678603

fax.: +44227668700

Project participants:



Data sharing, data re-use, data preservation, e-Infrastructures, e-Science, scholarly communication


Collaboration with other EC