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 Pilot Project : National Computer societies - the role of TCs in the IFIP

Pilot project: 
Name: To be decided
Draft name: National computer societies – the role of TC’s.

This draft project description (version 1) was developed in the AGORA seminar before WITFOR 2007 by Jan Wibe and Tom van Weert (TC 3 vice-chair and moderator at the seminar).

Background for the project:
The project addresses issues identified in the
IFIP Strategy document:
Project 3.a. Member societies: new services
Complete text: See end of this document

Project analysis
It has been recognized that IFIP has problems in satisfying the needs of its stakeholders, the national computer societies. To quote the managing director of the Norwegian Computer Society: “I feel that IFIP is mainly for it’s own sake and not for the national computer societies. I would like that the TC’s produce more; - f.ex. articles, reports, statistics or publications which could be available for the member societies”.

To address these problems a close cooperation between TC’s and national computer societies is needed. This cooperation should produce results that are of value both to the stakeholders of IFIP (the national computer societies) and the TC’s. The very essence of the cooperation is to identify the needs that are common to stakeholders and TC’s and to address these needs. One common interest might be found in the implementation of IFIP professional standards in local, national contexts.

General description of the project:
First find topic which is of interest to computer societies, preferably an interest that is within the scope of a computer society special interest group. Secondly the topic must be interesting to the TC’s involved.

Aim of the project is not for IFIP to provide services, but a cooperation that will create results satisfying the common interest.

What should be the outcomes?
Basically I think that the outcome should be in the forefront and invite to further activities addressing this topic. To build a community of practice from IFIP and the computer societies basically in an Atelier.

Atelier and Studio:
The Ateliers function is to generate generic knowledge based on the implementation experience in different local contexts, called “studios”. In the Atelier the local experiences are brought together to learn from. Generic knowledge developed from these experiences in the Atelier will help the local studio implementation. In this case studio’s would be implementations that national computer societies realise in their national environment. The Atelier can be realised as part of normal IFIP TC activities, bringing together TC-members and national computer society professionals. Basically an Atelier is a community of interest.

Illustration from Report from the Seoul AGORA seminar:

Selection of participants in the project:
Select 2 – 3 TC’s to take part in the project. This could be done by TA.
2 – 3 computer societies should also be selected or invited.
The 3 TC’s must work in close cooperation with the national computer societies.

Managing the project:
The project will be managed and monitored by one of the vice-presidents.

Project 3.a. Member societies: new services

1. Strategic objective
Within 5 years IFIP will provide four new services for member societies and their constituencies such as providing information on ICT related developments such as open access Digital Libraries, websites for specific purposes, support with sources of information for member societies’ projects.
2. How to achieve this
The objective will be achieved by defining four new services, developing the services and implementing them in a manageable phased approach.
3. Steps

a. Solicit ideas for, select and define two new services, including accompanying project plans, for the first two years to be implemented.
b. Develop, implement and promote the first service (e.g. Open Access Digital Library)
c. Develop, implement and promote the second service (e.g. setting up procedures and a helpdesk for using the Digital Solidarity Fund in the support of Member Societies’ projects)
d. Solicit ideas for, select and define two new services, including accompanying project plans, for the second part of the five year plan.
e. Develop, implement and promote the third service.
f. Develop, implement and promote the fourth service.
4. Milestones
Step a to be finished end of 2007. Step b to be completed mid 2008, step c in 2009. Step d to be finished mid 2009, step e in 2010 and step f in 2011.
5. Measure for success
At least four new services fully implemented and the services regularly used by at least five member societies each.
6. Project management and execution
The project will be managed and monitored by one of the vice-presidents.
Execution ???
7. Budget
Steps a and d don’t require budget, for steps b, c, e and f a proper budget should be included in the project plan.
Jan WIBE /25.08.2007

public/spip/ecrire:le27 August 2007
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