StORe Business Analysis
The StORe project is multidisciplinary in scope, embracing the seven scientific domains of archaeology, astronomy, biochemistry, biosciences, chemistry, physics and the social sciences (originally described in the project plan as social policy and political science). The business analysis will formulate general principles for middleware development to link source and output repositories irrespective of discipline, but also outline domain-specific requirements. Consequent to this analysis a pilot demonstrator will be developed in the domain area of the social sciences. A full and extensive independent evaluation of the pilot demonstrator will be carried out in order to inform JISC of the best options for future development in this area. The pilot demonstrator is a key deliverable from the StORe Project. It will consist of a set of middleware designed to demonstrate the function of bi-directional links between source and output repositories. This middleware will be developed to meet the specific needs of the social science e-research community, but based on the underlying general requirements as defined from the StORe survey of the behaviours of researchers within the seven scientific disciplines represented by the project. This formal business analysis not only confirms the functional requirements identified from the survey, but addresses any perceived technical and organisational constraints to source/output interoperability. Conclusions drawn will provide the rationale for the technical specification and design of the pilot demonstrator, with the construction of linkages between the UK Data Archive (source repository) and multiple output repositories. The pilot will be used to demonstrate the implementation of enhanced functionality within a test environment and the potential for a generic solution across the UK’s broader e-research community.