The objectives and work plan of DIP have been described as very ambitious.
Over a 100 specialists and researchers from all over Europe worked together for 3 years contributing over 1800 person-months of effort to the project. The research results, summarised in DIP’s “4 Golden Bullets”, are contained in some 250 deliverables - including reports, prototypes, standards specifications and a DIP movie - most of which are public domain and available for download from this site.
Dissemination was a substantial focus area of all project related activities. As of November 2006 the DIP Consortium had published or contributed to 15 Journal papers, 8 Books (including a forthcoming 'DIP book'), 4 Book chapters, 63 Workshop papers (in 56 Workshops), 123 Conference papers (presented at 79 Conferences), 48 Invited talks, 21 Tutorials, 12 Posters and 3 Technical Reports.
Detailed plans for quality assurance were agreed with the European Commission at the outset and adhered to throughout the project's life cycle. No major deviations were observed, and all out-of-line situations were swiftly resolved with no negative impact on DIP.
An outstanding success
The final Project Review was held on 25 and 26 of October, 2006, in Innsbruck, Austria. The unanimous conclusion of the reviewers was that the project was a resounding success with no significant deviations from its stated work plan. In particular, the review report contained the following comments:
“…it is anticipated that the results will have a significant impact upon the research community for some time. The excellent results have been achieved in all respects: theory, technology, tools, industrial cases, standardization and dissemination.”
“Exploitation and Dissemination activities are convincingly real and very powerful, to the extent that the project has probably witnessed (and has in no small way contributed to) the successful conception of a new SWS generation. Europe is now the global centre-of-gravity for SWS.”
“The DIP partners have ensured that the project has become a flagship project. Without exception the partners have worked extremely hard from the start of the project and have collaborated with each other in an exemplary fashion. Overall, DIP has been a paragon of collaborative research. The reviewers would be pleased if DIP was drawn on by the CEC as an exemplar project, in order to demonstrate the increased value of carrying out international collaborative research.”
Dr. Sigurd Harand, Project Co-ordinator and Manager
Dr. John Domingue, Scientific Director