After submitting the proposal in August 2017, the review process for inclusion on the ESFRI roadmap ended in June 2018 with the inclusion of DiSSCo along with five other projects. Thus, the DiSSCo preparatory and construction phases are planned between 2018 and 2025:
2018 - 2022
Preparatory phase (Innovation and Consolidation programmes):
Innovation programme: Refinement of technical design; deployment of pilot portal and service test beds; update of business plan; contact-building with industrial stakeholders; technical innovation for mass scale digitisation, automation, robotics, and data models.
Consolidation programme: Refinement of governance structure; preparation for setting-up of legal entity; communication and capacity building; update of business plan; harmonisation of nodes policies and processes (incl. access and training); site selection and staff recruitment; development of national-level collection and investment strategies.
2019 – 2024
Construction phase: Implementation of national/regional investment plans for infrastructure upgrades and large scale digitisation programmes; application of joint DiSSCo programmes and policies, quality control and risk management; establishment of regional/thematic hubs; active membership; construction of the DiSSCo Hub (including all services).
2024 – 2025
Deployment phase: Transition from preparatory phase to the fully operational governance structures; modest/soft start of operations.
Operational phase: Full deployment of operations and services; first full evaluation process; review of organisation and business model; full scale operations.