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eCOUSIN Work Package Structure

The project is broken down into 7 Work Packages: 




At the core of the eCOUSIN work plan is the realisation that the functions needed to realize its objectives are decomposable into the three horizontal layers, mapped to WP3, WP4 and WP5. These layers are meant to decompose the technical problem space into well-defined, manageable set of parallel activities where people with similar skills and expertise work together to achieve a scientific and innovative technological goal in a productive way.

  • First, tools used to monitor, aggregate and collect data from OSNs and content distribution applications in a distributed manner, together with algorithms that exploit such data for modelling the social-content interdependencies make up the Social-Content Interdependencies layer (WP3).
  • Second, functionalities for content placement and delivery that exploit the social-content interdependencies and the knowledge of the network infrastructure make up the On-net Content Dissemination layer (WP4).
  • Third, networking functions, evolved as a consequence of the usage of social information, that support the dissemination layer and the applications comprise the Networking for Social-enhanced Content-awareness layer (WP5).

These three layers do complement each other; the project management process has been thought so as to ensure the required complementary and consistency between WP3, WP4 and WP5. 

Moreover these three horizontal WPs are bound together by two “vertical” work packages (WP2 and WP6) comprising project-wide topics. Vertical WPs have the fundamental role of conveying the scientific and technical advances brought about in the horizontal work packages into a targeted vision for network management and operation frameworks of the future Internet. Vertical WPs are tightly phased, consequential, and objective-driven. Use cases, requirements, architecture, business and economic analysis as well as privacy and regulations considerations are addressed in WP2, while WP6 encompasses integration, demonstration and testbed activities.

In addition, two “global” work-packages (WP1, “Project management” and WP7, ”Dissemination, exploitation and standardization”) coordinate the work across the whole project in terms of internal communication of project milestones and schedules as well as external communication, dissemination, exploitation, and standardization of results.


eCOUSIN Planning

The project lasts 30 months, from November 2012 to April 2015.

It follows a four-phase approach:

  • Phase 1 (months 1-12): First design and specification cycle
  • Phase 2 (months 13-21): Second (final) design and specification cycle; extension of technical solutions and start of their implementation; integration planning
  • Phase 3 (months 21-26): Refined implementation, integration and assessment plans
  • Phase 4 (months 27-30): Validation