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Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Risk Analysis and Success Plan

Risk analysis

Technical and data availability.
These risks are limited as the data required for the project are already available and the analysis methods (such as road integration techniques and spatial building analysis) have been used successfully in other settings. In the event that technical difficulties do arise, help can be sought in the geospatial community which is extremely active and supportive.

Although the research team is divided across two institutions, both parties have considerable collaboration experience and are geographically close. The project team also have a wide variety of experience in developing geospatial software as well as highly relevant domain-specific expertise in environmental criminology. Staff hours have been delegated specifically to project management and organisation.

Legal / Copyright
Some data will have strict copyright and access restrictions. Care will be taken before releasing derived data to repositories or generating outputs using the data (e.g. maps). The team in Huddersfield have long experience dealing with sensitive police data and are therefore able to mitigate these risks.

Security and data protection
Parts of the project could potentially utilise sensitive crime data. Best practice guidelines will be followed when handling sensitive data and producing visual outputs.

All staff are in place. If replacement staff are required, full documenting of the project using code repositories and research logs will simplify the recruitment process.

Meeting the needs of users
Both project partners have longstanding experience working with domain experts. To limit the risk of not meeting user needs, requirement analysis will begin early in the project and stakeholders will be kept up to date with developments throughout the project. A core group of interested users will also be established early on.

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