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5. The workpackages

5.1. Workpackage 1 - Project management

Partner Responsible: OUCS
Other Partners Involved: None
Start Date: 1 January 2003
End Date: 24 December 2005
Objectives: Ensuring the project completes to schedule, budget and within reasonable scope.
Brief Description of Work: Management of DCOCE project, development of a detailed workplan; ensure adequate liaison and reporting between the project and stakeholders including funding bodies.

5.2. Workpackage 2 - Stakeholder group

Partner Responsible: OUCS, SERS
Other Partners Involved: MIMAS, Athens, OeSC
Start Date: March 2003
End Date: June 2003
Objectives: Ensuring the project has an active, informed and informative stakeholder group.
Brief Description of Work: Select and engage stakeholders. Keep stakeholders informed and process received feedback.

5.3. Workpackage 3 - Modelling of administration architecture

Partner Responsible: OUCS, SERS
Other Partners Involved: MIMAS, Athens, OeSC
Start Date: October 2003
End Date: February 2004
Objectives: Review existing projects and plan Oxford implementation alongside Workpackage 4.
Brief Description of Work: Select four PKI implementations and review briefly. Use this knowledge to build an administration architecture model for Oxford. Athens, MIMAS and OeSC to advise and ratify choice of four projects and to review initial proposals for models.

5.4. Workpackage 4 - Modelling of system architecture

Partner Responsible: OUCS, SERS
Other Partners Involved: MIMAS, Athens, OeSC
Start Date: October 2003
End Date: February 2004
Objectives: Review existing projects and plan Oxford implementation alongside Workpackage 3.
Brief Description of Work: Briefly review the four selected PKI implementations. Use this knowledge to build a system architecture model for Oxford. Athens, MIMAS and OeSC to advise and ratify choice of four projects and to review initial proposals for models.

5.5. Workpackage 5 - Development and initial implementation

Partner Responsible: OUCS, SERS
Other Partners Involved: OeSC
Start Date: February 2004
End Date: May 2004
Objectives: To implement, and where necessary develop, the systems and administrative processes to support a certificate life-cycle within a public key infrastructure according to the models designed in earlier workpackages.
Brief Description of Work: Development of architectures and very small-scale rollout. Development or implementation of (or integration with) a certificate authority. Initial testing.
OeSC to play advisory role during the development and initial rollout phase.

5.6. Workpackage 6 - Athens Devolved Authentication

Partner Responsible: OUCS, SERS
Other Partners Involved: Athens
Start Date: June 2004
End Date: June 2004
Objectives: To enable access to remote resources subscribed to by Oxford compliant with Athens single sign-on (SSO) via digital certificate authentication.
Brief Description of Work: Examining Athens requirements and standards. Ensuring certificates and 'presentation' (presentment) mechanisms comply and PKI can be trusted.

5.7. Workpackage 7 - MIMAS (Zetoc)

Partner Responsible: OUCS, SERS
Other Partners Involved: MIMAS
Start Date: June 2004
End Date: June 2004
Objectives: To enable access to remote Zetoc/British Library resources via digital certificate authentication mechanism.
Brief Description of Work: Examining MIMAS/Zetoc requirements and standards. Ensuring certificates and 'presentation' (presentment) mechanisms comply and PKI can be trusted.

5.8. Workpackage 8 - Real world rollout

Partner Responsible: OUCS, SERS
Other Partners Involved: Athens, MIMAS, OeSC
Start Date: July 2004
End Date: August 2004
Objectives: To distribute successfully the certificates much more widely, to test and to document the issues arising. Also to examine revocation and recovery issues.
Brief Description of Work: A more extensive set of users will receive certificates. Users to include IT support staff in devolved roles throughout the University as well as selected end users of many types and roles.
Trialling of (or all-hands focus on) revocation and recovery/re-issuing mechanisms.OeSC to provide advice during troubleshooting. Athens and MIMAS to assist with or advise in evaluating users' experiences in accessing remote services.

5.9. Workpackage 9 - Certificate Policy Statement

Partner Responsible: OUCS, SERS
Other Partners Involved: MIMAS, Athens, OeSC
Start Date: January 2004
End Date: August 2004
Objectives: To develop and publish a detailed Certificate Policy Statement (CPS) in accordance with the Internet Engineering Task Force Public Key Infrastructure X.509 Certificate Policy and Certification Practice Statement Framework.
Brief Description of Work: An early draft of the statement will be produced and consultation carried out within the partners and more widely as to trust issues.The final version of the CPS will be produced after rollout, after all consultation has ended and after any practical amendments have to be made.Note that there may be some dependency on workpackage ten with respect to Legal Services.OeSC, Athens and MIMAS to play an advisory role.

5.10. Workpackage 10 - Focus on legal and administrative issues

Partner Responsible: OUCS, SERS
Other Partners Involved: OeSC
Start Date: June 2003
End Date: December 2004
Objectives: To elicit input from Oxford University Legal Services regarding issuing and revoking certificates as well as running the PKI. This may affect the final Certificate Policy Statement (CPS). Also to investigate the administration issues of managing a registration authority and certificate authority and revocation list.
Brief Description of Work: Research of legal and administration issues. Presentation to Legal Services and processing of the feedback from both sources. OeSC to play an advisory role.

5.11. Workpackage 11 - Evaluation and dissemination

Partner Responsible: OUCS, SERS
Other Partners Involved: Athens, MIMAS, OeSC
Start Date: June 2003
End Date: December 2004
Objectives: a) To produce evaluations, both technical and user-oriented of a wide variety of aspects surrounding the implementation of PKI at higher education establishments within the UK. The evaluations will be collated into a final report.
b) To disseminate a series of reports - via web pages, email lists and at real 'events' - of the progress of the project, documenting successes and failures and points of difficulty. These and the final report should be disseminated in a form that will be useful to others considering PKI within the higher and further education sector in the UK.
Brief Description of Work: Formative evaluation of decisions made during the project as well as summative evaluations of some of the decision-making processes and the experiences of end users etc. Also effective dissemination of these findings. OeSC, Athens and MIMAS to play an advisory role.

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