Missions and philosophy


  • To plan, develop and maintain scientific web sites and applications for OD Nature, in close cooperation with its various teams and the Institute and for a large variety of topics, each requiring specific designs and features
  • To offer a full consultancy and development service to scientists to relieve them of the burden of managing their web sites and applications
  • To help scientists present their work in the best possible light
  • To contribute to the communication of relevant, accurate and useful information and data to the general public and the scientific community
  • To ensure sound development practices, design choices and a consistent visual identity

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Development and management strategy

SWAP adopts an Agile-like development and management strategy.

We base our work on a set of principles and values, some of which stem from the original Agile Manifesto:

  • Client satisfaction is the highest priority
  • Client involvement is essential to the development process in order to properly estimate and adequately respond to business and technical requirements over the project’s lifetime
  • Be aware that best laid-out plans can and will likely change during the development cycle
  • Remember Ziv’s, Humphrey’s and Conway’s Laws
  • Working software is the primary measure of progress
  • Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design enhances agility
  • Simplicity — the art of maximizing the amount of work not done — is essential
  • As a team:
    • Inspect and adapt on a regular basis
    • Respect, truth, transparency, trust, commitment, reactivity and self-organisation are core values