Future plans

Kate Fernie

PATHS has released a report which sets out the findings of a study amongst the Europeana community, considers the market potential for the knowledge, research results, software, services and methodologies produced by the PATHS project and proposes strategies for sustainability and exploitation.

The aim in writing this report was to elaborate the market potential and how to exploit the knowledge, research results, software, services and methodologies of the PATHS project. In the report, ‘products’ is used as a collective term to describe all exploitable outcomes of the PATHS project. 

All PATHS products are defined and described by the responsible organization. In order to point out possible ways of making the products marketable after the end of the project period the description of each product is important. IPR constraints on both project level and partner organisation levels are elaborated. Commercial rights related to each of the products have been clarified and the cost/profit model established

A market study has been carried out within the Europeana community and the results are presented in the report. The study included an online questionnaire completed by a sample of organizations envisaged to be relevant end-users of PATHS products and services and a series of interview.  The results were analysed to consider how best to sustain each of the products.

Depending on the nature of the ‘product’, a strategy has been formulated to secure continuation and uptake in the market. Three alternative strategies for sustainability and exploitation are proposed:

Scientific exploitation is applicable to knowledge and prototypical software products that will be sustained through continued research.  It also applies to projects and that need further work before they are ready for the market. The following ‘knowledge products’ have been found to have significant potential for scientific exploitation:

  • Further refinement of the PATH paradigm to be refined, standardized and adapted to handle any content through a Linked Data approach;
  • Information retrieval service;
  • Natural language processing techniques;
  • Map based information visualization and exploration of thesauri.

The second exploitation strategy is commercial exploitation , i.e. the PATHS products that independently constitute commercial software and services, or the PATHS function libraries that constitute part of other existing or new commercial software products. The following products have been found to have significant potential for commercial exploitation, i.e. to constitute independent or partial commercial software and/or services:

  • Recommender systems;
  • Open Web API for application development;
  • Content enrichment through Natural Language Processing techniques as a Cloud SaaS service;
  • Sentiment analysis tools for web content.

PATHS products that do not fit into either of the first two strategies but have significant re-use value will be sustained through a strategy that will transform the products into stand-alone Open Source components or commit new modules to existing, widely deployed Open Source software products with a significant developer base and interest community.

Action plans have been prepared that defines specific follow-up activities for the prioritized products. In addition to describing the necessary steps forward, the plans also assign responsibilities to legal persons to secure the timely execution of the exploitation plan after the completion of the project.

To download the report: http://www.paths-project.eu/eng/Resources/D6.4-Exploitation-plan

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