The tender specifies three core objectives and several accompanying objectives:

Objective 1: Validation and fine-tuning of the ODS vision

Objective 1 implies to first analyse the currently ongoing ICT-enabled transformed interactions in science, society and policy. This includes an analysis of worldwide trends, new practices, ongoing activities (funding programmes, institutional arrangements…). In going beyond a mere collection of items, the study should also analyse the role of technologies and infrastructures, and of course the data world.

ODS validation means to explore consequences in scientific, societal and policy context, for example in the area of innovation policies, social innovation, but also the impact of scientific knowledge on policy in relation to ODS. The tender takes a rather broad approach and includes aspects such as creativity and education. This is appropriate for an analysis of the ODS vision impact on science itself, but even more so on society. The ODS concept also touches on creativity, perhaps most clearly visible in creative, interactive, or participatory innovation. Other important areas of potential ODS concept impact are education, new forms of societal engagement and new forms of policy processes directly linking science, society and policy. As discussed in the state-of-play section before, this tender does not start from scratch but can build on a growing knowledge base about ODS.

Objective 2: Metrics of ODS uptake and impact (deployment and analysis) tasks

The second main objective is to develop a set of indicators and impact assessment metrics, both quantitative and qualitative. The indicators shall allow the EC and other policy makers to analyse the level of ODS uptake and to monitor ODS impact as an evolution over time. This will eventually lead to the creation of an observatory of ODS uptake and impact.13 To reach this goal, a broad engagement of stakeholders through an online community is required and part of the objective.

Examples for indicators are number of disciplines using ODS type of research practice, number of institutions committed to ODS type of activity, ODS related research programmes; examples for the latter are success stories of impact of ODS type of activities on innovation, policy, education etc. In our view, the presentation of indicators is an important feature as proper visualization can be a driver for all stakeholders.

Objective 3: Best practices (development of policy recommendations) tasks

The third core objective is to identify main players and best practices in the EU and worldwide. This includes research programmes, public institutions, businesses, academia and research, social enterprises, creative forces, grassroots communities (and NGOs). This naturally overlaps with the data collection of Objective 1, but with a focus on best practices and policy issues.

The online community will support this activity with contributions, feedback and refinement about practices, programmes and experiences. This is the most important point of this roadmap: it is not based only on work and ideas of one consortium, but this consortium will actively engage with relevant stakeholders in Europe and beyond to consolidate the emerging issues.