WP1 activities cover the overall project and quality management in terms of planning, monitoring and reporting with a particular attention on quality control, data management and operational oversight. It sets up the project organisation, coordinating the people holding leading roles and responsibilities to effectively manage interdependencies of work packages and enhance synergies. WP1 also defines the methods and tools to be used for the project implementation and establishes an effective communication and liaison with the European Commission and relevant external stakeholders.


The overall aim of this work package is to develop the technical architecture of the proof of concept, to allow the consistent time stamping of the various techniques employed to extract near real-time data from existing submarine telecommunications cables for research purposes over a geographically dispersed area. The data will then be pre-processed to remove any sensitive or unrequired data, and to bring the data up to an analysis-ready level.

Once the data is at a stage to be disseminated, methods of scalable streaming of the data will be employed to integrate the data into infrastructures which are interested in the data. These infrastructures could be academic, societal or commercial and the data they require could be site specific or from all sites where the proof of concept is deployed. The means of dissemination will be controlled by Authentication Authorisation Infrastructure (AAI) to ensure that data security is maintained and controlled. The work package will also develop the site operations for the proof of concept. This would involve backhauling of data as well as site access requirements at each of the proof-of-concept sites. The results of WP3 (see below) will feed into the actual design work in WP2. This will be done in a two-step process: first to create the base proof of concept, then to iterate to allow for adjustments in the use cases based on feasibility and demand.


This work package is focused on fostering the scientific and societal use of the DAS and SOP data generated by WP2. By involving several institutions playing key roles in the EPOS ERIC (European Plate Observing System; GFZ, NOA, UiB) and within other communities (e.g. EMSO through HCMR, FC.ID, CIENCIAS) we are immediately reaching out to a larger user community in the geosciences and marine sciences.

The strategy for opening up the data for the scientific community is twofold. Firstly, the project will make available the reduced and scrubbed data streams in formats and on platforms, which the respective communities are already using to accessing data from, and which to a large extent already fulfil all the criteria of FAIR data distribution. Secondly, the project will develop a range of scientific and societal use cases in order to define the requirements for data reduction and retention in terms of temporal and spatial sampling, frequency content, which is needed by WP2 to define the data preparation task.

In order to achieve a coherent research group with many interactions we will initially focus on geoscientific and oceanographic, and cetological use cases, as the feasibility of using DAS data for these purposes.


WP4 develops and implements marketing communications plans and initiatives to raise awareness of the project and the benefits it provides. It covers all outreach activities towards targeted communities to engage potential users, offering ad-hoc training activities and liaising with different categories of relevant stakeholders. WP4 also implements various tools and measures to maximise impact while also addressing exploitation and sustainability aspects.

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