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PSDI Pilot Activities

PSDI pilot phase, funded from the EPSRC Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI) programme, ran from November 2021 – March 2022, following on from the large infrastructures SoN submitted by our project team. This pilot phase was a rapid scoping exercise, designed to expand on the ambitions of the project from the SoN, to engage broadly with the potential user community to gather and analyse requirements and to develop a plan for future phases.

Specifically, the objectives of the pilot were:

  • Engage with the potential PSDI stakeholder community and build support for its creation
  • Undertake some case studies to demonstrate the potential scientific benefits
  • Trial some relevant technologies and investigate their interoperability
  • Gather requirements arising from the case studies and trials and wider consultation
  • Analyse these requirements, elucidate the necessary functionality, and propose a technology architecture for PSDI
  • Produce a detailed plan for future phases of PSDI
  • Create a governance structure for future activities


Work Packages

The pilot activity is split into four work packages, outlined below, to capture the different elements of the pilot activities. These WPs work across the pillars to engage with different scales of data infrastructure and disciplinary areas to solicit a broad spectrum of requirements. However, there will be a lot of collaboration between the different work packages due to the connected nature of the project and the activities in separate WPs feed into deliverables and outputs of others. You can find out more about each of the work packages on their individual pages.

WP1. Coordination, Governance and Strategy

WP1 will oversee the PSDI pilot project and develop the governance framework for later phases. It will also collate results of the other WPs to produce a strategy and plan for PSDI going forward

WP2. Stakeholder Engagement

Community involvement is crucial to evaluating the potential of PSDI. A program of events and workshops will be run to engage with as many identified stakeholders as possible. These will engage communities on both a group and individual level to elicit requirements that also feed into the other work packages.

WP3. Architecture & Technology

WP3 will explore and evaluate technology options and architecture designs for the PSDI underlying infrastructure. This will also include undertaking small scale technology trials evaluating usability, scalability, security and interaction with other technologies.

WP4. Case studies

Working with some of the key stakeholders identified earlier in this document we will undertake case studies that will scope out or create prototype systems to demonstrate how proposed elements of PSDI could influence cutting-edge research. We will also establish a library of further use cases across our four pillars.