Outcome of interest


Astronomers, Biologists

Bench scientists, experts and novices, original creators, reusers, publishers, comparators and evaluators/reviewers, scientific communities

Mentions in methods section of publications, posters, talks, etc.; components in domain research oriented applications. Demonstrators, citation mechanisms, reputation systems, management of in silico research artefacts , semantic model for research artefacts

Astro-  and Bio- informaticians

Specialists in the domain focusing on the informatics. Hybrids. Scientific communities. e.g. BOSC (Bioinformatics  Open Source Conference) workshop, the Dutch national Bioinformatics support program BioAssist

Software, services and algorithms

Scientific programmers and developers

Developers of innovative techniques, tools and services for digital preservation within domains; e.g. Developers day, community events

Software, services and algorithms

Other Sciences and Researchers

Project scope includes user communities beyond immediate project partners

Translation of tools, techniques and thinking into new areas

Technology Researchers

Semantic Web & Linked Data

Case studies in use of Linked Data within the architectural style of the project; e.g. Presentations at technical meetings and workshops, e.g. at Intl Conf of Web Semantics

Best Practice Guidelines


Services, Web Services and software architecture community; e.g. service architectures to handle data management with Linked Data

Service design principles
Case studies

Provenance & e-Science

Provenance research and practitioner communities; e.g. W3C Provenance Working Group; DCMI Metadata Provenance Task force

Implementation of use cases
Best practice guidelines

Scientific workflows

Research community and multiple practitioner communities, designers of workflow management systems

Preservation strategies

Scholarly Communication and Digital Libraries

Library and Information Science communities; e.g. Presentations at technical meetings and workshops, e.g. at JCDL, TPDL (formerly ECDL), OAI, OR etc.

Data/method publication lifecycle
Specialised services for preservation of scientific workflows

e-Infrastructure  software & service developers

Digital Libraries and Data centres

e.g. European Bioinformatics Institute, International Virtual Observatory Alliance (IVOA)

Increase DL user base in the scientific domain, especially in workflow-intensive communities

EU infrastructure and projects

EGI, relevant ESFRI projects such as Elixir and SKA, and specialist projects such as BioVeL.

Increase user base, influence future infrastructure

Digital library and preservation projects

SCAPE, dataNET, others funded in same programme, Open Phacts (IMI)

New practice emerging from Wf4Ever

Open source community

BOSC Open Bioinformatics Foundation

Community development encompassing Wf4Ever

Scholarly Comms content & service providers

Digital Libraries & Institutional and Discipline Repositories

Arkive, British Library,

New practice emerging from Wf4Ever

Commercial publishers

Elsevier, Nature Publishing, IOS Press

Rich publications

Standards and community bodies

Digital Curation and Preservation organisations

Open Archives Initiative, UKOLN,  Digital Curation Centre, The Coalition for Networked Information, CODATA, KNOS, CrossRef: Datacite, ORCID, OAIS-ORE

Use Cases
Validation of architectures

Astronomy interop standards

IVOA InterOp and Exec
IAU Meeting of Commission 5, specifically before WG Virtual Observatories, Data Centers & Networks

Increasing automation through Wf4Ever preservation practice influencing standards e.g. through use cases


Provenance, workflows. Previous relevant groups include Health Care Life Sciences and Library Linked Data; e.g. W3C Provenance WG

Influencing standards, e.g. through use cases

Open Science movements and projects

Multiple open science initiatives and activities; e.g. Open Knowledge Foundation, Open Society Institute, OpenScienceSummit

Adoption of workflows as part of open science practices, esp. for reproducibility

Funding Councils and Policy makers

National, European, International

e.g. IST programme
e.g. NSF, OECD

Research agendas and strategy

Scholarly societies

The scholarly societies that will impact cultural take-up of the outcomes; e.g. ISCB

Credit and reputation

Public Citizens


Galaxy Zoo

Increased citizen awareness of science science but also participation


Editorial market

Wf4Ever aims to stimulate a paradigm shift in the publication methods of scientific results, especially in experimental sciences, where workflows are a cornerstone.  e.g. Nature, Elsevier, and PLoS


Pharmaceutical market

Pharma R&D is collaboration, data and workflow intensive. Some consortium partners have a presence in this market, through links with e,g, the Pistoia Alliance, BioITWorld and the 8 commercial partners in the Open PHACTS IMI.

Exploitation opportunity