Members are at the core of NESSI,
- contributing to the strategic research directions
- identifying key application areas
- networking to increase cross organisation knowledge
- sharing proposal ideas to create new projects
Joining NESSI provides increased opportunities for all members to achieve impact in Internet of Services, through participation and information, but also as a channel to support sustainability of research results and to identify and contribute to standards.
The different participative channels open to NESSI members include
- task forces, uniting a smaller group of members and partners around a specific goal and delivery. Members can propose the creation of new task forces or can participate to existing ones.
- research projects, created through European, national and regional funding opportunities. Members can propose the creation of a new task force to support the identification of a research topic working towards the creation of a research project, or can participate to an existing one.
- individual contributions to the Strategic Research Agenda. These contributions, which are called during the updating phases of the SRA, can further help identify new research topics. The SRA is an important channel to express important research directions contributed by NESSI to the work programmes of the European Commission as well as to national programmes through the network of national initiatives.
- individual contributions to the NESSI Open Service Framework (NEXOF) architecture and patterns. Through these contributions, gaps in the framework are identified and the different contributions are evaluated through investigation teams to which the proposing members also participate. These in turn create new opportunities for research projects.
- workshops, trainings and sessions in the NESSI organised events (NESSI Projects Summit and ServiceWave conference series). These two annual events are key in creating networking opportunities, and in providing members, research projects and task forces to present their on-going work and results. ServiceWave includes submission of scientific papers whose proceedings, published by Springer Verlag, attract world wide recognition for the academic partners.
The different information channels open to NESSI members include
- information contributed to and received from the NESSI communication tools, including the Web site and the newsletters
- advertising open positions in their organisation on the Web site
The NEXOF mechanism provides the path to sustainability of results. Research results contributed to NEXOF flow into the online NEXOF repository, navigatable and accessible to all ICT providers and users.
This support enables the research results to remain visible beyond the lifetime of the projects that have contributed these results. Research results can be either fully stored in the NEXOF repository, which will most often be the case for open source results, while proprietary research results can be linked through the repository.
While NESSI’s aim is not to be a standards organisation, standards are a key component of NESSI. To date, the NEXOF repository identifies over 200 standards, enabling members to navigate through these standards and acquire a better understanding of their applicability and relevance. In the context where a standard needs to extended or even created, two different channels are available: either through a research project, either through a task force.
This dual approach takes into account the lifecycle of standard creation, which often exceeds the duration of typical research projects and therefore need to be carried forward.
Members can therefore
- contribute a standard to be identified in the NEXOF repository
- propose extension to a standard, either through a research project or a task force
- propose creation of a standard, either through a research project or a task force
using the NESSI community and the NEXOF mechanism to further support their activities in standards as well as the standards task force.