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The new strategy plan is available for comments

Over the last three months, EGI has been reflecting on its strategy as Europe moves towards the ambitious aims outlined in the European Commission's Europe 2020 vision. Following review and feedback from the EGI-InSPIRE Project Management Board, the EGI strategy is now available for your feedback and comment.

The EGI’s strategic plan outlines the initiatives that can take place within the EGI community over the next two years, supported through the FP7-funded EGI-InSPIRE project in the first instance, and subsequent related projects. In future, with further investment from the EC and national funding bodies, these will develop EGI’s strengths in:

  • European-wide coordination and interaction with research communities and national resource infrastructure providers.

  • Coordination, maintenance, operation and delivery of an open uniform European-wide federated production infrastructure

  • Developing and promoting technologies for federating the emerging cloud resources

  • Supporting the integration and operation of scalable interdisciplinary Virtual Research Environments personalised to each research community

Our strategy is to evolve EGI’s activities to be a key enabling foundation of the online European Research Area (ERA), supported by continued investment from national and European funding bodies. The online ERA is part of the European Commission’s Innovation Union initiative.

EGI's contribution will be to provide the transnational multi-disciplinary research collaborations within the ERA with a world class e-Infrastructure, able to support innovative collaborative virtual laboratories for simulation, data sharing and data analysis activities that is sustainable for decades to come.

The EGI strategic plan is targeted at European and national policy makers and senior managers in resource providers, virtual research communities and other stakeholders within the EGI ecosystem. Additional information will be provided in the EGI Technical Roadmap (which will detail work taking place within the remainder of the EGI-InSPIRE project), and in a document titled ‘Evolving the EGI Business Model’ (which will focus on the sustainability options of individual components in the ecosystem).
 

The new strategy plan is available for comments

Over the last three months, EGI has been reflecting on its strategy as Europe moves towards the ambitious aims outlined in the European Commission's Europe 2020 vision. Following review and feedback from the EGI-InSPIRE Project Management Board, the EGI strategy is now available for your feedback and comment.

The EGI’s strategic plan outlines the initiatives that can take place within the EGI community over the next two years, supported through the FP7-funded EGI-InSPIRE project in the first instance, and subsequent related projects. In future, with further investment from the EC and national funding bodies, these will develop EGI’s strengths in:

  • European-wide coordination and interaction with research communities and national resource infrastructure providers.

  • Coordination, maintenance, operation and delivery of an open uniform European-wide federated production infrastructure

  • Developing and promoting technologies for federating the emerging cloud resources

  • Supporting the integration and operation of scalable interdisciplinary Virtual Research Environments personalised to each research community

Our strategy is to evolve EGI’s activities to be a key enabling foundation of the online European Research Area (ERA), supported by continued investment from national and European funding bodies. The online ERA is part of the European Commission’s Innovation Union initiative.

EGI's contribution will be to provide the transnational multi-disciplinary research collaborations within the ERA with a world class e-Infrastructure, able to support innovative collaborative virtual laboratories for simulation, data sharing and data analysis activities that is sustainable for decades to come.

The EGI strategic plan is targeted at European and national policy makers and senior managers in resource providers, virtual research communities and other stakeholders within the EGI ecosystem. Additional information will be provided in the EGI Technical Roadmap (which will detail work taking place within the remainder of the EGI-InSPIRE project), and in a document titled ‘Evolving the EGI Business Model’ (which will focus on the sustainability options of individual components in the ecosystem).
 

Happy Birthday EGI.eu!

Happy Birthday EGI!

Today, 8th February, EGI.eu celebrates its second anniversary as a foundation dedicated to linking researchers with the computing resources they need for their work – happy birthday!

This second year of activity that now ends was full of productive discussions, important milestones and significant achievements. Here are a few highlights:

  • We have signed 18 MoUs with partners projects, resource infrastructure providers and virtual research communities.

  • We organised two successful flagship events: the User Forum in Vilnius and the Technical Forum in Lyon. With 655 participants, the Technical Forum now holds the record for the biggest European grid event to date.

  • The first review of the EGI-InSPIRE and eScienceTalk projects which EGI.eu coordinates both passed their first reviews by the European Commission.

  • We have recognised a new the role in the community – that of NGI International Liaison (NIL). The NILs will bring our community closer together and will act as main contact point between EGI.eu and each NGI, and other NGIs within EGI.

  • We developed the idea of Virtual Team – essentially, a framework for ‘getting things done’. The Virtual Teams, enabled by the NIL coordination role, will allow us all to dynamically focus on the issues that are important for the community.

At 2-years old EGI.eu is still a young organisation, but it’s never too early to start thinking about the future. Our third year will focus on our vision for the future as a global organisation and how can we make sure that the EGI ecosystem will continue to provide sustainable computing services to scientists and researchers all over the world for many years to come.

 

Happy Birthday EGI.eu!

Happy Birthday EGI!

Today, 8th February, EGI.eu celebrates its second anniversary as a foundation dedicated to linking researchers with the computing resources they need for their work – happy birthday!

This second year of activity that now ends was full of productive discussions, important milestones and significant achievements. Here are a few highlights:

  • We have signed 18 MoUs with partners projects, resource infrastructure providers and virtual research communities.

  • We organised two successful flagship events: the User Forum in Vilnius and the Technical Forum in Lyon. With 655 participants, the Technical Forum now holds the record for the biggest European grid event to date.

  • The first review of the EGI-InSPIRE and eScienceTalk projects which EGI.eu coordinates both passed their first reviews by the European Commission.

  • We have recognised a new the role in the community – that of NGI International Liaison (NIL). The NILs will bring our community closer together and will act as main contact point between EGI.eu and each NGI, and other NGIs within EGI.

  • We developed the idea of Virtual Team – essentially, a framework for ‘getting things done’. The Virtual Teams, enabled by the NIL coordination role, will allow us all to dynamically focus on the issues that are important for the community.

At 2-years old EGI.eu is still a young organisation, but it’s never too early to start thinking about the future. Our third year will focus on our vision for the future as a global organisation and how can we make sure that the EGI ecosystem will continue to provide sustainable computing services to scientists and researchers all over the world for many years to come.

 

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.

 

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.

 

EGI.eu starts operations

The beginning of May saw the start of full-time operations at EGI.eu. The results from the first round of appointments were announced:

All of these will be starting in Amsterdam over the next few months.

The positions of Chief Technology Officer/Technical Manager, and members of the User Community Support and Policy Development Team members are available.

EGI.eu starts operations

The beginning of May saw the start of full-time operations at EGI.eu. The results from the first round of appointments were announced:

All of these will be starting in Amsterdam over the next few months.

The positions of Chief Technology Officer/Technical Manager, and members of the User Community Support and Policy Development Team members are available.

EGI Council meeting in Amsterdam

Following the establishment of EGI.eu in Amsterdam on February 8th 2010, the first meeting of the statutes based EGI Council took place on March 3rd 2010. The main items of business were the approval of the EGI.eu budget for 2010 and the approval of the EGI.eu Terms of Employment. Both items critically important as the recruitment of new staff continues.

EGI Executive Board

The members of the EGI Council (left to right): Michal Turala, Sverker Holmgren, Isabel Campos, Neil Geddes, Dieter Kranzlmueller, Per Oster, Arjen van Rijn (not shown).

EGI Council

EGI Council

 

EGI Council meeting in Amsterdam

Following the establishment of EGI.eu in Amsterdam on February 8th 2010, the first meeting of the statutes based EGI Council took place on March 3rd 2010. The main items of business were the approval of the EGI.eu budget for 2010 and the approval of the EGI.eu Terms of Employment. Both items critically important as the recruitment of new staff continues.

EGI Executive Board

The members of the EGI Council (left to right): Michal Turala, Sverker Holmgren, Isabel Campos, Neil Geddes, Dieter Kranzlmueller, Per Oster, Arjen van Rijn (not shown).

EGI Council

EGI Council