|Following the 2010 membership survey results and the evolution of NESSI, the NESSI Steering Committee is looking for new ways to reinforce opportunities for all our members. With a response rate of 58%, the survey confirmed that NESSI has a large number of active members interested in contributing and finding new collaborations.
In this context, NESSI wants to increase its flexibility and has revised the working groups operating model.
The NESSI Working Groups played a major role during the initial years of NESSI, and through them NESSI benefited from valuable contributions to the NESSI Strategic Research Agenda. Working Groups also played a key role in fostering many of the research projects that today collaborate towards an Internet of Services. However, today, many working groups are dormant, due in part to the fact that their activities evolved into concrete research or to the fact that other working groups have been created in different contexts, such as the FIA, creating multiple parallel tracks.
What are we proposing?
What are the next steps?
- a more flexible operating mode through task forces.
Task forces are created on a specific need, such as the creation of a position statement, the contribution to an SRA section, the need to work more closely on a research topic towards either creation of research projects or work programme contributions etc. Contrary to the current working groups, task forces do not require a manifesto but a one page statement highlighting the single goal and expected delivery date of that result, which typically will be in the order of a few months. You can contact the task force NESSI representative Bjorn Skjellaug for more details at firstname.lastname@example.org
What are the members involvement?
- We are currently contacting working group chairs to implement this new model, closing existing working groups and investigating the possibility of either
- joining forces with an existing Collaboration Working Group created by the European Commission SSAI unit: this is for instance the case for the NESSI Open Source and Trust, Security and Dependability working groups. This provides the opportunities for NESSI members and projects to take an active lead in this environment
- creating task forces on more specific topics as / if needed in their domain and in relation to the current goals needed for 2011: contribution to the SRA revision process (on-going process), focus on a specific area emerging from the on-going or upcoming research projects to implement cross- project collaboration, Call 8 preparation etc)
- Members have the possibility to join an existing task force or propose the creation of a new one – the context of the FP7- Call 8 preparation creates an opportunity for such task forces
- Existing task forces currently running include Future Internet, Standards and SMEs, with contact points provided in the Contact Us page
- The online task force support mechanism will be provided through this Web site in March 2011