Brief Summary WP7
The transition that changes HATCH from being a prototype development into an integrated, online product happens in work package 7. This is where we deploy servers, import data, test everything, verify the use cases and design, and in short – everything needed to get it ready for launch.
The developer team led by Waterdog Mobile created the infrastructure according to the design developed in work package 4. Periodically, the latest version of the HATCH prototype is deployed to a staging environment to allow testing and feedback.
In parallel, Catena Space have been working on data models and developing mapping tools that ingest project information in one form – often a spreadsheet – and create HATCH data objects in our own import format using JSON schemas. This has proven much more challenging than anticipated at proposal time, but we are getting pretty good at it. The objective is to create related data objects for organisations, projects, calls, topics, and so on – and when they are imported to HATCH (we have a dedicated API for this) – all the relationships are made and are correct.
The part of this effort that is about importing data is a key activity in work package 7.
A very different and very exciting component of this work package is the User Experience validation work performed by Eurecat. This task will evaluate the performance of the Portal from the user standpoint, through trials in controlled laboratory conditions using both quantitative and qualitative methods, aimed at ensuring that the UX metrics defined for each User Persona and use case are met. The trials will include users interacting with the Portal under the supervision of a cognition and human factors specialist.
The API and all external interfaces used by HATCH (for example, social login, email notifications) are also validated in this work package.
To ensure we don’t fall into any of the obvious traps with web security, we will be engaging an independent 3rd party company through a subcontract to perform a security audit of the publicly available HATCH portal. This work is expected during Jan-Feb 2019, allowing time for any issues to be properly addressed before launch.
Work packages 5 and 6 are about getting the world ready to meet HATCH. When all the above is done in work package 7, HATCH will be ready to meet the world.