Together with all partners, two consortium meetings were organized. They took place in Brussels (on February 26, 2016) and in London (on April 8, 2016) respectively. The former focused on the clarification of the main project aims and on its political and economic relevance. As special guest via skype Jean Francois Dechamp from the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, emphasizes the special role of FutureTDM: “There is a copyright exception rule discussion in UK, France and within the EU commission. At now there is no clear solution about that point, but FutureTDM can contribute also in shaping this exception rule and in outlining the economic benefits coming from TDM not only related to research exception!” The latter dealt in particular with the work packages 3, 4 and 5 and the content of related deliverables and was hosted in a prestigious location, the British Library.
Assessment of existing studies, regulations and policies on TDM
The Work Package 3 is going to be finalized and the last deliverable will be submitted at the end on May. Deliverable 3.1 marked a first significant achievement for the project. As a matter of fact, this deliverable provides an overview of types of data and technologies that TDM experts are working with describes the global economic structure of the knowledge-based society and highlighted use cases for TDM uptake across all economic sectors. Deliverables 3.2 and 3.3 (which is going to be finalized in the days) identify regulations both on the European level and the national level, and the legal areas that potentially affect TDM activities. For each area, they describe the European regulations that have harmonised the particular area, whereas for the national level, the national regulations that illustrate how TDM may be impeded by national implementations or the cross-border differences therein. In addition, ‘good practices’ have been identified that can be used as inspiration in relation to the development of a new policy framework and guides for practitioners in the field of TDM.
Current TDM trends in Europe
The European landscape of TDM research, development and applications was depicted from different point of views, taking into account economic sectors, scientific areas and domains of activity and by exploring data relevant to the available technology and (research) infrastructure(s), the R&D investment (mostly in terms of funded projects), the research output (in terms of scientific publications produced), the resources and tools available for TDM as well as the commercial activity (in terms of companies and organizations investing, using and offering TDM services). Moreover, structured collections of knowledge and information resources on TDM were gathered and structured: these collections encompass single persons or group of people focusing on TDM (i.e. the expert, organization and project collections) and with technologies and resources useful for current and future TDM practitioners (i.e. methods and tools lists). These collections represent the foundations of the information that will be available on the FutureTDM platform.
The FutureTDM Platform is on line!
Though the development of the FutureTDM platform was planned for Month 14, the launch was already done during Month 9. At now it contains a blog section organized in six different categories (namely Community & Events, Education & Skills, Legal & Policies, Research & Insights, Stories & Cases, Technologies & Tools), a calendar of Knowledge Cafes and other community events, and a description of the venue. The platform will be regularly updated and populated with more and novel content. Structured collections of knowledge and information resources on TDM gathered by partners will be also available on the platform to build Stakeholder Map and TDM Expert Navigator modules. The link to reach the platform is www.FutureTDM.eu.
One tweet a day keeps TDM not far away
The official Twitter account increases its success: at least one tweet is a daily routine for this social channel. Live postings from Knowledge Cafés, conferences, interesting articles are only some the topics our account delivers. The success is outlined by an increasing number of followers which now overcame the 250 units!