The process driving the development, monitoring, and validation of the glossary was established in line with the standards ISO 704:2009 Terminology work — Principles and methods and ISO 10241-1:2011 Terminological entries in standards — Part 1: General requirements and examples of presentation. It was largely carried out through biweekly virtual meetings between March 2020 and December 2020. The process was supported by Leonardo Candela, as well as through the use of shared documents supporting real-time collaborative editing, which was instrumental for enabling community contributions.
At the beginning of the activity, contacts were made with the Working Groups and other interested parties in order to establish an initial list of relevant terms. A preliminary analysis based on EOSC's main background documents provided the basis for a first assessment of the target groups of the glossary.
A first analysis of the concepts referred to in EOSC's main background documents prompted an initial list of 566 terms, that has been used as a basis for determining different domains and for creating a modular and extensible concept system. This system is better suited to the EOSC domain, which is relatively new and rapidly evolving.
In order to release the required intermediate versions of the glossary and to collect early feedback from the community, the development had been structured in macro-phases and iterations based on the domains identified in the preliminary analysis. The methodology followed for each cycle is in line with the aforementioned ISO standards.
The initial phase of development was influenced by the necessity to analyse and define EOSC and the Minimum Viable EOSC, in order to contribute to community discussions. As a consequence, a top to bottom approach was adopted.
Validation of the glossary was pursued both during each development cycle and after the release of the results by directly asking feedback to the possible interested parties.
While already existing authoritative definitions were reused when possible, new definitions were created, and many existing ones were modified to assure the coherence and consistency of the glossary. The modifications are indicated in the source section of every glossary entry, which is omitted if a definition has been created ad hoc or if it is the result of significant alteration. The glossary and the definitions are in line with the standards ISO 704:2009 Terminology work — Principles and methods and ISO 10241-1:2011 Terminological entries in standards — Part 1: General requirements and examples of presentation.
Rather than organising shared events, scheduling virtual meetings proved more effective in securing contributions, along with sending direct requests to specific groups or people. On top of this, the shared documents were made public through the EOSC Liaison Platform and the Glossary Interest Group. The glossary was continually moderated by the EOSC Glossary Interest Group. The different EOSC glossary releases, which were open for comments and modifications, were the preferred channel for participating in this co-creation activity.
Three versions of the Glossary have been released:
- EOSC Glossary June 2020;
- EOSC Glossary September 2020;
- EOSC Glossary December 2020.