The Training Platform will be at the forefront of all Training Activities. Here we will share online digital training materials with Students and Early Stage Researchers, we will be able to host online Training Sessions and be able to collect feedback. It will work as a Living Lab for fostering hands-on activities on OS domains, like working with open and accessible data.

Each partner will setup its own node of this platform, where software used locally for online teaching activities and eLearning material sharing will be used. Each node will need to be opened to the other organizations participating in the Erasmus+ project, at least at the level of authentication and authorization (e.g., in order for an ESR from NCI to be able to enroll in an online course prepared by UPB, UPB will provide access rights to its local node to the NCI ESR participant). Where needed, and because UPB has most expertise on it, the platform will be built on-top of Moodle, a versatile and mature Open Source platform for e-Learning. Each partner will create an instance dedicated to sharing knowledge to other members of the consortium in this Erasmus+ project.

O3/A1. Technical and Functional Specifications and architectural design

A1 will starts with an analysis of the requirements for such a distributed (meaning each partner will host it, and still share content within the network and beyond) training platform. The analysis would most likely assess the possibility of developing add-ons on-top of already existing open source software like Moodle (several partners in the projects use Moodle internally for online teaching). Surveys and focus groups will be used to find out what is really needed, from teachers and policy makers and research stakeholders that would be able to profit from this online platform. Following these intense two month, we expect to be able to extract both technical and non-technical requirements and develop the architectural design of the platform, identifying the missing puzzles that would be developed in-house in this project.

O3/A2. Implementation and first prototype evaluation

Within A2 a first prototype of the online training platform will be developed. This will be put to test in the first set of training activities in the project, from where we will collect feedback from both Trainees and Trainers. Such a feedback will help us improve and better offer the training services on top of the platform.

O3/A3. Update and product testing

Finally, the platform will be continuously tested up-to-the-phase where we take the prototype and transform it into a working product that will be able to support high Quality of Service. The prototype will be able to host one or two training sessions in parallel with a limited number of online Trainees, while here we intend to introduce scalability up to 50 training sessions in parallel and hundreds of Trainees accessing in the same time the platform. For this, we will put the backbone in the Cloud (within the UPB’s and NCI’s Data Centers), with the possibility of synchronisation of curricula and activities between hosts – thus, getting to the ‘distributed’ meaning of our product. Towards the end of the project, the other partners will follow in and install on their premises nodes of the platform, populating it constantly with new and updated curricula, and using the feedback to continuously update the developed software.