2018-05-09 Amended public version delivered to the EC [pdf]
2017-02-22 Public draft version released
2017-03-09 For approval at the Delegates meeting http://e-irg.eu/e-irg-meeting-march-2017
2017-03-31 Final version published.
There will be opportunities to discuss this document at several events:
2017-04-07 BoF session at RDA meeting in Barcelona
2017-06-08 Discussion at e-IRG Open Workshop in Malta
Evaluation of e-Infrastructures and the development of related Key Performance Indicators - Introduction
National Funders and the European Commission are funding the development and the operation of project-specific as well as general-purpose e-Infrastructures to provide services and facilities to research communities. In its White Paper 2013 e-IRG has introduced the e Infrastructure Commons for knowledge, science and innovation. This e-Infrastructure Commons is an integrated living ecosystem of resources and services that should be open, user-friendly and accessible to European researchers and scientists, continuously adapting to the changing requirements of research and to the opportunities of new technologies. Moreover, the recent discussions on a European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) have re-framed and emphasized this ecosystem of services. It challenges the e-Infrastructure (service) providers in all their diversity, computing/storage/networking and publicly/commercially funded, to position themselves in this EOSC. The recent discussions on the EOSC have emphasised the need to assess and classify the value of the various pan-European e-Infrastructures, as well as at the regional and national level.
Following this vision of an integrated ecosystem, the various stakeholders are keen to understand how to assess the use, operation and innovation of e-Infrastructures in Europe and thus the efficiency of e.g. their investment strategies, based on common metrics and measures. As such, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are intended to provide a means for an operational, technical and socio-economic impact assessment of e-Infrastructures and the services they provide.
e-IRG issues "Evaluation of e-Infrastructures and the development of related Key Performance Indicators"
The e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG) has produced a new document titled "Evaluation of e-Infrastructures and the development of related Key Performance Indicators". The objective of this e-IRG document is to provide an initial framework for evaluation and assessment of regional, national and European e-Infrastructures and to develop a categorisation of KPIs for key areas/components and other cost-related information, basically for the funder and policy level.
This initial framework is the starting point for further development and implementation. As KPIs should be based on the aims of the different stakeholders, a final framework can only be established by close interaction with these stakeholder groups. The stakeholder groups consist of funders of public e-Infrastructures, end users and providers of e-Infrastructures and related services. This interaction will be based on the results of this document. More concretely, the eInfraCentral and e-IRG Support Programme 5 (e-IRGSP5) projects will use the initial framework, and consider the various KPI types and formats, the application of these KPIs on different e-Infrastructures and their comparability.
The document can be referenced at the permanent link: http://e-irg.eu/catalogue/eirg-1005.
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Evaluation of e-Infrastructures and the development of related Key Performance Indicators
e-IRG Catalogue entry: eirg-1005
Persistent Link: http://e-irg.eu/catalogue/eirg-1005
Publication date: 2017-03-09
Status: Document is actual