Work Packages

WP0: Program management and dissemination

Purpose and goalsCollaboration and interorganizational relationships, results integration and packaging, communications
Main tasksSteering and advisory group actions, continuous planning and risk management, technology and business landscape monitoring and insight, research strategy, academic coordination
Time frame1.4.2019-30.9.2020
Expected results and outcomesEnsure that the project advances in accordance to the project plan.Serve the needs of partner companies, and help in integrating new competencies in companies.Raise potential problems to project steering group agenda.Act as enabler in the creation of new opportunities and cooperation by enabling scientific contribution to best suited venues.
Responsible personsTommi Mikkonen

WP1: State-of-the-art API analysis ofexisting APIs & pattern identification

Purpose and goalsCurrent research knowledge and existing solutions comprehension; Identification of existing practices for creating APIs
Main tasksLiterature review and tool inventory for dominant designs, review of platform vendor offerings and standards (possibly de facto), pattern mining from existing systems
Time frame1.4.2019-31.10.2019
Expected results and outcomesTechnical report on best practices, dominant designs and emerging patterns of API design
Responsible personsTommi Mikkonen

WP2: API design principles for API operations

Purpose and goalsCreate guidelines, rules and patterns for successful ecosystem APIs
Main tasksArchitecture design, guideline definition, style guide formation, pattern documentation, sample API design, authorization, access control surveysCo-design with partner companies
Time frame1.5.2019-1.2.2020
Expected results and outcomesGuidelines and tools for API creation, following the identified patterns and styles from existing sample systems
Responsible personsTommi Mikkonen

WP3: Ecosystemability with APIs

Purpose and goalsTo develop guidelines for ecosystem management. Comprehensive understanding on systemic approach in building of ecosystems
Main tasksEcosystem design; system dynamic model of ecosystemAnalysis of partner companies’ cases
Time frame1.5.2019-1.2.2020
Expected results and outcomesNew knowledge on potential business models and value co-creation practices based on open APIs and data-sharing, further developed in the form of practical tools and solutions for deploying ecosystems and building new business potential. The tools and solutions are tested in WP5 and are further disseminated in the form of scientific articles.
Responsible personsMarko Seppänen

WP4: Value Co-Creation Practices and Value Creating Business Models

Purpose and goalsIdentify potential business models for API ecosystems and associated data-sharing models.
Main tasksValue creation and business model analysisLean start-up methods based business model designAnalysis of partner companies’ cases
Time frame1.5.2019-1.2.2020
Expected results and outcomesNew co-creation practices andpilot studies in company cases. New knowledge on potential business models and value co-creation practices based on open APIs and data-sharing, further developed in the form of practical tools and solutions for building new business potential. The tools and solutions are tested in WP5 and are further disseminated in the form of scientific articles.
Responsible personsNina Helander

WP5: Experimentation with industry

Purpose and goalsExperiment with real systemsof the partner companies
Main tasksAPIs to access key functions will be designed, tested and evaluated.API experimentation in scope of innovation platforms of participating research institutes, including Software Factory(https://www.cs.helsinki.fi/en/research/software-factory) and Demola(https://www.demola.net), prototype creation (research protos and demos) for showing feasibility –using company systems where applicable, (industrial) hackathons (if suitable for the partner companies). Business model experiments (based on work of WP3) in the ecosystem and ecosystem deployment.
Time frame1.8.2019-30.9.2020
Expected results and outcomesDesign assumption validation and continuous improvement feedback (for WP2, WP3), business experimentation with potential new opportunities discovery (for WP4), ecosystem ignition (with the partner companies and possibly also with their customers and other external parties like startups), empirical research evidence
Responsible personsTommi Mikkonen, Nina Helander, Marko Seppänen