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Workpackages

WPWorkpackage Title
Leader
Involved Partners
1Project Management
PHSGPHSG, All
2Content Classification
DFKI
DFKI, CABRILOG, TUE, M4M
3Content Integration
M4M
M4M, All
4Community Platform
DFKI
DFKI, UM2, M4M
5Gathering Communities of Practices
CABRILOG
CABRILOG, PHSG, UM2, UBAY, ULUX, UCAN, TUE, USB
6Quality Assessment (of content)
UM2
UM2, PHSG, CABRILOG, UBAY, ULUX, UCAN, USB
7Dissemination and Sustainability
PHSG
PHSG, UM2, DFKI, TUE, USB
8EvaluationPHSG
PHSG, All

WP1 - Project Management

Contribution

The University of Education Schwäbisch Gmünd will lead the management package. The project coordinator Prof. Kortenkamp has been a coordinator already in his former position at the Technical University of Berlin and the Research Center MATHEON, and at the same time he is an expert in the whole field of interactive geometry from both a technical and an educational point of view.

Objectives

This work package consists of all the coordination efforts for the consortium with partners all over Europe, both technical and administrative. Management tasks will be handled directly by the Project Office located at Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany.
The Project Office will handle all communication and dissemination between the different actors in the project: the Consortium and its General Assembly, the Steering Committee, the Country Representatives, the User Representatives, and the Work Package leaders. These structures are set-up and maintained in this work package.
In coordination with WP8 (Evaluation), the technical and scientific quality and progress of the work is monitored and, if necessary, measures to maintain the quality and progress have to be taken.
The Project Office will also ensure that all administrative, legal, organisational and financial aspects are handled properly as defined in the consortium agreement and other contracts. It will prepare or consolidate the necessary documentation. Also, EC review meetings, audits, follow-up proposals and the integration of new partners or replacements are within the responsibility of the Project Office.

WP2 - Content Classification

Contribution

Content classification is an area of expertise for the project lead DFKI. Their successful work in the LeActiveMath und OpenMath projects makes them the best available partner in Europe for the project. They are supported by TU Eindhoven and Maths for More, both who are also well known experts with OpenMath and who have already worked together in several European projects, and Cabrilog, the European pioneers in interactive geometry.

Objectives

This work package constitutes of the necessary work to define the ontologies and the metadata structures for the available content and future extensions. These will be needed for content integration and searchability.

WP3 - Content Integration

Contribution

Math for More as a company specialised on the creation of mathematics and geometry software (in particular WIRIS) and data exchange is the ideal work package leader here. Their professional standards ensure a working "product'', and we add the academic expertise of TU Eindhoven. All other software development teams (PHSG: Cinderella, UM2: GeoPlan/GeoSpace, CABRILOG: Cabri, UBAY: GEONExT, UCAN: GeoGebra, M4M: Wiris) are responsible for legacy implementations.

Objectives

The available content and further contributed content shall be collected in a central database system and annotated with metadata to make it more accessible and (re-)usable. This database will be available during and after the project.
A common file format based on the OpenMath standard and an API shall be defined and published, that captures the basic capabilities of interactive geometry in order to enable users to exchange content. The necessary technical work is done to enable major software packages (both commercial and open source) to read and write content data in that unified interoperable format.
Interoperability will promote the adoption of our standard. The available on-line content will be the bootstrap basis to attract new users, reviewers, authors, and software teams and to reach self-sustainability.

WP4 - Community Platform

Contribution

DFKI is the package lead for this project in order to build on their prior experience with learning management systems. They are supported by the commercial knowledge and experience in other projects of Maths for More and the University of Montpellier, who contribute their work on the GNU Edu platform.

Objectives

WP4 is a supporting package for the whole project with the main responsibility to create and maintain the technical infrastructure for the content database.
We do not want to develop a new platform, but we will use an existing one, like, for example, the Universal Brokerage Platform (known from the educanext project), or the GNU Edu platform that is developed by Project partner 2. The necessary adjustments and the actual set-up as well as the user support and documentation are objectives of this work package.
Four user groups should be supported in the web portal:

  • Authors can propose a new resource for publication, with an explicit intellectual property license, propose changes to their resource, and can be contacted while still respecting their privacy,
  • Administrators can comment, review and validate a resource for publication or dissemination in a given context,
  • Reviewers can enlist for experiment on a resource, report and review it in the context they did the experiment, give their pupils and students the right to comment on a resource they experimented in their class,
  • Teachers can download a resource according to its copyright statement, and search for a resource according to criteria such as country, school level, pedagogical purpose and more.
The web-portal will operate following a global-community practice: Any person with an email address that agrees to contribute resources under an acceptable license, to review or use them following them will be able to have one of these roles. This openness is the basis for future sustainability after the project.


WP5 - Gathering Communities of Practice

Contribution

Due to their long-standing contacts to education experts and existing user groups, as well as their experience in small and large conferences about geometry software and its use in teaching, we assign the main workload and the package lead to Cabrilog. The software providers in the consortium support them by activating their own communities. The education experts from the University of South Bohemia and University of Cantabria and the Sésamath foundation will help to reach as many users all over Europe.

Objectives

In order to reach all countries of the EU, in particular the new member countries, this work package strives to gather key users of DGS in different areas of the EU. A network of early adopters will be identified, and this network will be solidified by adding more users from the same region, and by encouraging communication between these communities of practice.
Seven local user meetings all over Europe (Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain, France) will help to provide a complete European coverage. Teachers and Schools that are suitable for Quality assessment will be identified within the Communities of Practice.
User groups are not differentiated by the tools they use, but by their regional identification and thus the content they need. This also includes users from software that is not represented in the consortium.
Another objective is the acquisition of further content that is currently in the public domain or with unknown legal status. Users can submit content to be reviewed, and this content will be included either in the internal or external review process. We will offer means to easily apply a Creative Commons or Public Domain license during submission, and content without IPR clearance or requiring a fee will be rejected.

WP6 - Quality Assessment (of content)

Contribution

Quality Assessment lead is assigned to the University of Montpellier, who already have a large network of experienced teachers. However, as we want to cover different educational systems, teaching styles, and technical set-ups, the overall work load of the package is distributed to all universities with teacher education.

Objectives

Most content, in particular the content stemming from public domain or other "free'' sources is not reliable with respect to its use in the classroom or other teaching/learning situations. It is not sufficient to make the available content easily accessible, but we also have to establish a means of quality control. Also, we have to bootstrap a test routine for pedagogical and technical quality of geometry content.
We will set up quality standards for geometry content in e-learning in order to enable both users and content stakeholders to verify the compliance of the content to a defined level of quality, in particular the efficiency and usability in classroom contexts. These will be published both in a report on best practises and guidelines for external testing. Also, we will verify the ontologies and curriculum mappings established in WP3.

WP7 - Dissemination and Susatinability

Contribution

As the additional tasks for dissemination lie within the responsibilities of the project office, we have the same lead in this package, the University of Education Schwäbisch Gmünd. Another reason for this decision is that the University itself is committed to a long-term investment in interactive geometry, and will be able to further host the web services of the project.
The work will be done in close cooperation with DFKI and Maths for More due to their involvement with the community platform, which explains their increased work load.

Objectives

The success of the project is connected to the successful integration of the work of existing users, as well as the activation of old and new user communities. This is also crucial for the sustainability: The project delivers a sound basis – open standards and environments filled with quality content – for handing over its results to "the community'', which, of course, has to exist to make this approach successful.
This work package adds to the dissemination efforts that are already done in WP5 (Gathering Communities of Practise). In particular, the public web server inter2geo.eu is (re-)set-up and its contents are kept up-to-date, and a conference shall be organised.
The documentation (writing manuals etc.) of the project is not included in this work package, but distributed to the respective work packages where the work is done.
Furthermore, the research groups among the partners are expected to present the project at major education conferences, and to publish about it in scientific journals. However, this work is not included in the project work plan as it belongs to the main occupation of the involved researchers anyway and it is not funded by the EC.

WP8 - Evaluation

Contribution

As the additional tasks for dissemination lie within the responses of the project office, we have the same lead in this package, the University of Education Schwäbisch Gmünd. Another reason for this decision is that the University itself is committed to a long-term investment in interactive geometry, and will be able to further host the web services of the project. It will also continue the series of conferences that is started within the project.

Objectives

This work package supports the management of the project and shall ensure a constant level of quality of the whole action. While management monitors the progress of the project mainly by interaction with the project heads and checking the delivery of deliverables, both an internal and an external evaluation process will assess the quality of the deliverables and the project as the whole.