D2.3 - Final Stakeholder Report

"a synthesis, summary and evaluation of engagement activity"

Executive Summary

The main objective of the work package 2 “Engagement” has been to connect with a wide range of stakeholders from memory institutions through to data intensive research and industry, understand their needs and requirements and actively involve them in the process of working on the issue of curation costs. This also fits in the context of one of the main objectives of the 4C Project (4C) to ensure that where existing work is relevant, that stakeholders realise and understand how to employ those resources.

Throughout the whole project lifecycle 4C talked with a wide range of stakeholders to receive their opinions, statements and views. These we listened to, gathered together and implemented within the project work and its outcomes. It is this input from external parties that has, perhaps above all, made the project a ‘lively place to work’ and most importantly made its achievements relevant and valuable for the whole digital curation community.

This report begins with a summary of the foundation of all stakeholder engagement work, namely the Baseline Study of Stakeholders and Stakeholder Initiatives (D2.1)1. A chronological list and description of the engagement activities undertaken by the team within the last 24 months follows and illustrates the impact on the further work of 4C as well as the findings that were discussed in depth with the different stakeholder groups and interested parties. The work included focus groups, webinars, telephone interviews, face-to-face meetings, test runs, consultations and surveys to collect feedback.

We also took the opportunity to capitalise on further engagement opportunities—opportunities highlighted in this report as well. These opportunities included collaboration with other projects, initiatives and organisations that are active or interested in the issue of curation costs, and have fostered a better understanding of the issue amongst the digital curation preservation community.

A summary and variety of engagement activities is provided in Appendix K; the number of dissemination opportunities taken by the consortium during the 2 years is shows coverage of the project work. The interest generated in this period is an indicator of the potential future impact. All of this work has fed into and shaped one of the important outputs of the project, the 4C Roadmap.

Activities/channels included:

  • Communication and information exchange with EC-funded and other projects and organisations
  • Stakeholder focus groups and workshops
  • Webinars
  • Advisory Board Meetings
  • Project Website
  • Social Media
  • Conferences and Events
  • Publications

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