EGI’s first anniversary – happy birthday all!

Exactly one year ago, on 8 February 2010, EGI.eu was created as a foundation under Dutch law to coordinate and manage the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) on behalf of its participants, the European NGIs and EIROs.

The statutes of the new EGI.eu foundation were approved in the previous week during a Council meeting and signed by the seven members of EGI.eu’s Executive Board, but it was on 8 February that the registration was made official.

One year on, EGI is a thriving federation of resource providers committed to deliver sustainable, integrated and secure computing services to European researchers and their international partners.

The last 12 months have been very productive:

  • We signed Memorandums of Understanding with the Initiative for Globus in Europe and the European Middleware Initiative to provide the software required by EGI’s user community

  • We will be signing agreements with Virtual Research Communities to ensure that their needs are represented directly within the infrastructure. The WeNMR Virtual Research Community (VRC) – a worldwide e-Infrastructure for NMR and structural biology – is on track to become the first VRC to join EGI.

  • We organised a successful Technical Forum in Amsterdam, which was the first opportunity for the extended EGI community to gather and discuss the way forward towards a sustainable pan-European infrastructure.

  • Operations report a significant increase of current jobs per month (plus 86%), users (plus 38%) and active virtual organisations (plus 24%), when compared to April 2010 figures.

  • EGI’s operations, user, technical, policy and governance groups have been constituted and are meeting frequently to manage their respective areas of responsibility.

  • We have established a set of communication channels with our audiences and stakeholders, including our newsletter, website news and, most recently, our new EGI blog, a place to share your ideas, thoughts and activities with the rest of the EGI community.

This is only the start. We will continue to work hard to make EGI a sustainable and dependable provider of computing resources for European scientists and researchers for many years to come.