The PaSC will not hold any data, or itself provide direct access to data, instead it will automatically, frequently and periodically collect (harvest) metadata from Service Providers and other sources, and use the metadata to power the its functionality. Fully automated harvesting is crucial to ensure that PaSC content is updated, and that it points to valid and correct end-points on the Service Provider-level.
For access to the data, PaSC will direct researchers to the source/service where the data may be obtained or analysed.
The project runs in multiple implementation phases over three years. The intention of phase 1 (in 2016) was to establish the requirements, which implemented throughout the subsequent phases (from 2017 onwards). Building on the initial release made during phase 2, which established the product architecture and implemented the 'must have' requirements. Third phase will add the 'should have' requirements, and address any performance or usability issues that have come to light. Conduct a review of the requirements overall, to ensure they are still relevant and as complete as possible.
The ongoing Technical Framework project provides a backbone for the Product and Service Catalogue work and other technical developments. It will help remove barriers to entry for all Service Providers, as it will enable them to get up to speed with the required approach for developing service components, without the need to install, configure and maintain a full suite of software development tools within their own infrastructure.