Work Packages

W.1. Management

The Management activity aims at ensuring the Project progresses. It is focused on ensuring that partners’
activities met their project responsibilities, on coordination of activities partners and on administrative
management.

Activities include organizing project board meetings and review meeting, preparing mid-term and final
reports and addressing dissemination and exploitation issues. In detail it aims to:

  • Ensure administrative management of the project and overall technical coordination
  • Ensure consensus management and information circulation among the partners
  • Ensure project reporting and interface with the European Commission Project Officer
  • Co-ordinate and control project activities to keep them within the objectives
  • Perform quality assessment of project deliverables before the delivery to the Commission
  • Ensure timeliness and quality management of the work produced in the project
  • Manage the fund transfers towards the partners
  • Obtain the audit certificate by the contractors whenever is necessary
  • Maintain an open link with other projects working in complimentary research areas
  • Ensure that money invested into research is spent according to contract
  • Ensure that legal issues and IPR are compliant with contract & consortium agreements
  • Assess and detect risk and plan ahead contingency strategies

W.2. Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Data Management

The overall objective of WP2 is to research legal and regulatory aspects in relation to cloud computing and data management. In addition to general rules and regulations for all cloud service providers (“CSPs”), WP2 will also consider issues unique for mobile users. To achieve this objective, research will (1) outline the current legal and contractual requirements relating to cloud computing services pursuant to European law while also identifying challenges relating to conflicts of laws, compliance with data management, and data protection laws. This work package will also (2) research methods for developing best practices that can be incorporated in Data Sharing Agreements in creating a secure cloud that manages data in a legally compliant manner.

W.3. Requirements and Architecture

  • To consolidate the requirements drawn from the industry driven pilots as well as from the legal and regulatory investigations into a concrete set of architectural and functional requirements for Coco Cloud.
  • To provide the overall architectural design by consolidating input from the different subsystems (WP 4 and 5) and test bed considerations (WP 6).
  • To maintain the reference architecture through the iterations and evolution of the project and to ensure that it is generic in that it accommodates a variety of different Industry driven scenarios.

W.5. Enforcement Infrastructure

The objectives of WP5 are to define and implement the necessary means for enforcing usage control conditions foreseen in the Coco Cloud architecture, on selected client platforms. In particular, considering the relevance for Coco Cloud pilots defined and developed in WP7, WP5 will focus on cloud and mobile platforms. The enforcement mechanisms provide the necessary infrastructure to implement the terms of the policy language but are independent of the content of individual enforceable policies. 2B will participate to this work package to provide advice on the mechanisms that will need to be included to provide support for the legal and regulatory requirements (WP2) (e.g. obligations to notify the user, or to record data accesses) whilst the requirements applicable in specific cases will be translated into a set of individual policies associated with each DSA. The development activities will be focused on delivering a number of software versions for the enforcement prototypes, that will be used and integrated during the pilots. Feedback from pilots will also be used in order to ameliorate the final enforcement prototypes. More in details, the first prototype release is meant to be containing most pilot-relevant usage control enforcement functionalities, while the final version will contain the full set of enforcement functionalities, including those for state-full usage control that allow a complete traceability of (derived) data instances.
Specifically, WP5 objectives will be:

  • O5.1: Definition of architectures and communication protocols for enforcing usage control conditions seamlessly on cloud services and mobile platforms.
  • O5.2: Definition and implement mechanisms for the enforcement of usage control condition for cloud services.
  • O5.3: Define and implement mechanisms for the enforcement of usage control condition for accessing data through mobile devices

W.6. Test Bed

  • Provide the deployment environment for the infrastructure components of the project.
  • Provide the development environment for all the consortium contributors, including processes of quality control and management
  • Package the software components released by each partner in a deployable form
  • Run the end-to-end integration and regression tests
  • Enact Coco Cloud modules onto OpenStackTM cloud software to provide a running environment visible to external users

W.7. Pilot

    Definition of business cases where there is a need of putting in place practices, mechanisms and technologies for stating data sharing agreements and for enforcing the related policies. The description of business uses cases is the starting point for defining user and system requirements both for the reference architecture and for components supporting specific functions required by the use cases.
    Validation of the reference architecture, defined in WP3, through the realization of pilot systems that implement the most fundamental aspects of the business cases and exercise the reference architecture.
    Validation and use of the infrastructure and services provided by WP6 giving feedback about performance and general functioning of them. Description of work and

W.8. Dissemination and Exploitation

The objective of this work package is to ensure the correct dissemination of the project results defining in agreement with the consortium partners and effective dissemination strategy in order to maximize the results and achievements of the project throughout both scientific and industrial channels.
In this work package we will:

  • Perform a clear Coco Cloud product/service definition, positioning, and a SWOT analysis within the project lifecycle as part of the plan for exploitation. We expect to obtain a clear list of values and/or benefits, either strategic or financial benefits.
  • Identify Coco Cloud exploitable results and effectively help individual partners and the consortium to plan and organise their exploitation according to market context.
  • Prepare dissemination and exploitation material.
  • Within partner network, WP8 will also advise on IPR issues and potential alliances or dependencies with/to the other partners in the project.
  • Suggest the most suitable business and/or revenue models for the Coco Cloud assets and the consortium as a whole.
  • Effectively disseminate Coco Cloud foreground by different means: organization or participation in dissemination events, press media, social media, industry events, fairs, etc.
    In particular, Coco Cloud plans to organize two thematic workshops focused on industry participation, in the middle and at the end of the Project.
  • Look for liason and networking of Coco Cloud with related initiatives.
  • Present scientific contributions to the research community and raise awareness.
  • Approach standardization communities.