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Deliverable Report D1.1 Requirements Analysis and Systems Design

Markus Hegi, Barry Hardy, Egon Willighagen

The objective of WP 1 is, to enable the communication between the eNanoMapper project and the wider nanosafety community and to ensure the alignment of the objectives of eNanoMapper with the needs of the community. At the start of the project, an extensive requirements analysis was conducted and based on the results, an overall system design was worked out. The process was based on the methodology of Contextual Design and included five steps, each building on the previous one, as outlined in Figure 1. This process lays the foundation for the development of the various eNanoMapper components. During the initial interview phase, 47 interviews were conducted with scientists, manager, data analysts and IT professionals from 28 organizations. As the interviews were interpreted and consolidated, the main topics relevant for the eNanoMapper project were identified and discussed: The nano safety field is a relatively new scientific field with a lot of complexity. The main need expressed in the interviews is, to achieve a harmonization and standardization on all levels: Language (ontology), procedures (SOPs) as well as computing (APIs). The interview were processed into notes, which were clustered in workshops into a hierarchy of topics (consolidation). Design ideas were added to the topics and used to identify the 55 main use cases, discussed in the deliverable D 1.2: “Use Cases and Test Suite”. Out of this, the high level system design was created as an overall framework of development for eNanoMapper. Recently, we started the creation of paper prototypes. This last phase is ongoing.
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