The third plenary meeting of the EEXCESS project took place in Passau from 26th to 27th September 2013. As the two previous meetings, the two days in Passau were a great occasion to discuss open issues and push the progress of our project – proving once more that even information scientists need to make use of the very analogue approach of face-to-face communication from time to time.
On the first day, all work package leaders presented the current status of their WPs. Prototypes were demonstrated, giving us a first impression of privacy plugins, data visualization, and metadata mapping within EEXCESS.
Thursday night, following a long day of presentations and discussions, it was time for the fun part of our meeting. The evening started with a guided tour through the old town of Passau. A historically dressed lady led us through the narrow, cobbled streets and gave us insight into the historical ups and downs of the principality of Passau, teaching us along the way that the half of 8 is 4, and that you shouldn’t make too much noise in the vicinity of a burnt out cathedral. The following dinner at “Heilig-Geist-Stiftschenke” was an impressive demonstration of the Bavarian art of cooking and brewing.
Most of day two was reserved to open issues and questions that were discussed collectively or in smaller break-out groups. Next to various topics such as data quality, user profiles, or data harmonisation, one important subject was the design of the testbed scenarios. As these scenarios are set in very different contexts (educational support, general public education, scholarly communication) and systems (Wissensserver, SITOS, Mendeley, etc.), they all bring about their specific challenges and technical requirements.
After two days full of intellectual and social exchange, the project partners left Passau and headed off to their weekend destinations, be it the Oktoberfest in Munich or a 36-hour-hackathon in Lyon.