WP6 - Sustainability planning

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The purpose of WP6 - led by Royal Botanic Garden Kew (RBGK) - is to evaluate possible business models for supporting Open Science in view of achieving financial sustainability. A sustainability plan will take into account the needs of the pro-iBiosphere community and best practices for other domains. WP6 activities will secure that users are able to make use of a European Open Biodiversity Knowledge system, addressing acquisition, curation, synthesis, integration, interoperability and dissemination of biodiversity knowledge. This will allow the pro-iBiosphere community to create new information (Floras and Faunas) in the future and to guarantee that the partner and users have a well documented and standardized access to the services that will be offered (eg. increased access to legacy documents, etc.). The main outcomes of WP6 will be i) an evaluation of alternative business plans and recommendations for options to strengthen Open Science e-infrastructures (MS23), and ii) recommendations to policy makers with regard achieving sustainable delivery of biodiversity information to target audiences (MS24).

The objectives of WP6 are to:

  • Ascertain the costs of supplying services;
  • Ascertain the benefits of these services a) users or clients and b) suppliers;
  • Identify business models in use within and without our community; and,
  • Evaluate these models and do a SWOT arriving at i) conclusions about feasibility and ii) recommendations as to model (or models) to follow.


  • Task 6.1 Measuring and Constraining the costs of delivering services
  • Task 6.2 Identifying and measuring the benefits of delivering services
  • Task 6.3 Evaluating business models currently in use by partners
  • Task 6.4 Towards Sustainability for Services