Introduction defining context and scope

An introductory paragraph to explain the topic and to put it into a high-level context i.e., how it relates to the RIs, how it relates to other aspects, the current practice, etc. (0.5-1 pages).

Change history and amendment procedure

The review of this topic will be organised by Keith Jeffery in consultation with the following volunteers: and . They will partition the exploration and gathering of information and collaborate on the analysis and formulation of the initial report. Record details of the major steps in the change history table below.For further details of the complete procedure see item 4 on the Getting Started page.

Note: Do not record editorial / typographical changes. Only record significant changes of content.

DateNameInstitutionNature of the information added / changed
dateType @ followed by first letters of person's nameAcronym of institution A remark on the information added or changed

Sources of information used

Places you have gone to for information e.g., RDA; standards bodies; GEOSS; existing RIs and projects and the technologies they use; technologies available from service providers (0.5 pages).

Two-to-five year analysis

Of state of the art and trends based on sources and experience. A distillation of surveyed information leading to your conclusions and recommendations about what should be done in ENVRIplus (0.5 - 1.5 pages) structured internally as appropriate for the topic but with at least the following headings.

State of the art

One paragraph describing the current state of the art.


Subsequent headings for each trend (if appropriate in this HL3 style)

Paragraph(s) describing a trend(s).

Problems to be overcome

Sub-headings as appropriate in HL3 style (one per problem)

A short paragraph describing a problem to be overcome or barrier in the way of progress. 

Details underpinning above analysis

Please supply here any additional information that can help to justify the previous section e.g., references to material that someone can look up for themselves.  

Sketch of a longer-term horizon

e.g., 5-10 years ahead. Your best judgement about the future direction of technology and research trends (0.5 - 1 page).

Relationships with requirements and use cases

Link your analysis of the topic with particular identified requirements and use cases, as this will increase the relevance and help others understand your insights. Consider using tables to do this (0.5 - 1 page).

Summary of analysis highlighting implications and issues

This section should be suitable for the deliverable and also understandable on its own, without the need to read the rest of the material. A discussion of areas where ENVRIplus should change its plans as a result of your conclusions, and of open questions would be very useful here (0.25 - 0.5 pages)

Bibliography and references to sources

Insert numbered list of sources / references.