Work closely with the user communities, established and new, to ensure their requirements are addressed in a timely and effective manner; helping applications to get started and bridge towards a sustainable model with education and training;
Provide an effective business programme to attract commercial users and ensure appropriate technology transfer.
These activities will work in concert to increase and expand the user base and the uptake of Grid technology in the European Research Area. Work on the long term sustainability of the Grid infrastructure will be carried out through this programme covering dissemination, training, application support, policy work and related efforts both in Europe and worldwide and via interactions with business.
EGEE’s networking activities play an important role in the virtuous cycle described in Section 1.1. New user communities are being attracted by NA2, trained by NA3 and supported by NA4 to ensure their successful exploitation of the EGEE infrastructure. This is complemented by policy work and coordination with collaborating projects as well as the technology transfer programme that will attract business users.
EGEE’s business outreach programme will be part of the dissemination activity (NA2) through dedicated, specific tasks, taking into account the different approaches required when interacting with businesses as compared to academia. This will particularly boost EGEE’s technology transfer activities already started in EGEE-II through the EGEE Business Associate (EBA) programme that attracted companies such as GridwiseTech, NICE, and Platform Computing. Negotiations with other companies (Avanade, Excelian, Hitachi) are underway. EGEE will continue to collaborate with CERN’s openlab programme, a collaboration between CERN and IT vendors (including HP, Intel and Oracle) to develop data-intensive Grid solutions, which also provides an excellent forum for technology transfer.
Close relations with the EGI_DS project will be fundamental to fulfil EGEE-III’s goal of moving towards a sustainable infrastructure. Such interactions will be made through the NA1 and NA5 activities, as well as joint planning for transition of the outreach, training, and user support programmes.
The interactions and interdependencies between the Networking Activities in EGEE-III are shown in the PERT chart below.