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Work Packages 2 to 7 partly overlap, partly follow (and feed) each other, while Work Packages 1, 8 and 9 provide a supporting framework for the whole duration of the project, from 2010 to 2013.
The Work Packages are as follows:
Work Package 1: Methodological Synergy
The leader of Work Package 1 is Prof. Helena Sulkala from the University of Oulu. One of WP 1’s tasks is to oversee the organisation of workshops. Responsibilities of the WP 1 also include the training and support of project researchers and the organisation and maintenance of on-line tutorials. The aim of this Work Package is to support our junior researches’ professional development and to provide them with the necessary tools for research and analysis of the collected data. Researchers will be presented with the same tools, as it is essential that they work in conformity with each other.
Work Package 2: Structured Context Analyses
The leader of the Work Package 2 is Prof. Riho Grünthal from the University of Helsinki. WP 2 is responsible for the preparation of a systematic knowledge base of each case under investigation, in order to lay the foundations for new research carried out in WPs 3-6 and for the comparison of the cases in WP 7. Further, its task also comprises the state-of-the-art analyses of existing research on the involved languages and language communities; descriptions of institutional, legal and political frames of multilingualism within the societies in question and the demographic development and the current demographic state of the language communities under investigation.
Work Package 3: Data Sampling and Methods
The leader of the Work Package 3 is Prof. Jarmo Lainio from the University of Stockholm. WP 3’s function is to define and provide the framework for qualitative and quantitative data sampling, as well as the planning and structuring data collection through interviews. In the frames of WP 3 a uniform interview questionnaire will be developed that will be adaptable to all the investigated communities.
Work Package 4: Fieldwork
The leader of the Work Package 4 is Prof. Karl Pajusalu from the University of Tartu. The results of WP 3 will be directly implemented in WP 4, for WP 4 is in charge of organisation and conduction of interviews based on the questionnaires developed in WP 3. In addition, it builds a bridge between WP 3 and WP 5. Its task is building a collection of empirical survey data and video interviews for the sociological and linguistic analyses that will be carried out in WP 5.
Work Package 5: Data Analyses
The leader of the Work Package 5 is Prof. Anneli Sarhimaa from the Johannes-Gutenberg University. WP 5 includes the preparation of a systematic knowledge base on foundation of the new data compiled during WP 4. In addition, WP 5 will carry out the sociological analyses of media texts, the quantitative and qualitative analyses of the questionnaire data and the qualitative analyses of the interviews.
Work Package 6: Case-specific Reports
The leader of the Work Package 6 is Prof. Helle Metslang from the University of Tartu. WP 6 shall provide case-specific research reports that are a core deliverable of the project. WP 6 is also responsible for the creation of systematic and comparable descriptions of the sociolinguistic situation of each language community, their legal and social frameworks, language use, sociolinguistic practices, ethnolinguistic vitality, and the current state of the minority languages involved.
Work Package 7: Comparative Report
The leader of the Work Package 7 is Prof. Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark from The Åland Islands Peace Institute. WP 7 will provide a summary of the case studies (see also WP 6) in a comparative perspective.
Work Package 8: Dissemination Strategies
The leader of the Work Package 8 is Prof. Johanna Laakso from the University of Vienna. It is the task of WP 8 to develop a media and dissemination strategy and implement it effectively throughout the project. The aim of the Work Package is to reach a maximally wide European coverage by including not only stakeholders, NGOs or policy-makers, but also interested European citizens.
Work Package 9: Management
The leader of the Work Package 9 is Prof. Anneli Sarhimaa from the Johannes-Gutenberg University. As WP 9 is tasked with the successful implementation, management and coordination of the project, it constitutes a highly important component of the whole project.