EGI Community Building - S Brewer


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EGI Technical Forum, Prague. TF12 in September 2012

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EGI Community Building - S Brewer

  1. 1. EGI-InSPIRE EGI community building Experience in community building and user championing by Steve Brewer, EGI Chief Community Officer09/25/12 EGI TF12, Prague 1EGI-InSPIRE RI-261323
  2. 2. Agenda • Introduction • EGI Support services • User Community support • EGI technology • EGI Champions • The role and processes • Recruitment • Thanks and questions?09/25/12 EGI TF12, Prague 2EGI-InSPIRE RI-261323
  3. 3. EGI Support services EGI offers a range of support services: •Technical: • AppDB, Training Marketplace, monitoring, help desk •Advisory and informative: • UCST, Forums, workshops, Web, EGI Champions, analysis and reports EGI TF12, Prague 3EGI-InSPIRE RI-261323
  4. 4. User Community support EGI tradition of supporting HUC and others •UCB brings representatives together •Forums unite communities and providers •Reaching out to ESFRI and other projects •EGI Champions will connect new groups •More services for smaller groups? •What else can be done?... EGI TF12, Prague 4EGI-InSPIRE RI-261323
  5. 5. EGI technology Technology – not just grid: •The grid as it is today •Federated Cloud Task Force – demo pm •Portals and gateways for VRE •Focus on working with communities to build VREs – collections of services EGI TF12, Prague 5EGI-InSPIRE RI-261323
  6. 6. EGI Champions What is the problem we want to solve? •Attract new users & new user communities •How will we achieve this? • Embracing these new users & communities • Understanding their needs • Defining the steps needed for integration • Identifying agents of change • Mechanisms that are efficient and flexible EGI TF12, Prague 6EGI-InSPIRE RI-261323
  7. 7. EGI Champions Why is this the right solution for EGI? •Embracing new use communities is complex •Need to build upon pockets of expertise •Need flexibility tailored to different countries •Adds personal touch to process •Oversight Committee brings NGIs into process •Ties in with existing support channels and initiatives (AppDB, Training Marketplace, VREs) EGI TF12, Prague 7EGI-InSPIRE RI-261323
  8. 8. EGI Champions: defining the role Who are EGI Champions? •Knowledgeable users of the infrastructure •With aptitude for passing on knowledge •Could be research group leaders or… •Enterprising individual but certainly an… •Influencer and communicator with a… •Vision for using the infrastructure to further research in their field. EGI TF12, Prague 8EGI-InSPIRE RI-261323
  9. 9. EGI Champions: processes How does the scheme work? •Candidates apply or are recommended •Oversight Committee reviews & approves • OC comprises EGI Dir. and CCO + 3-5 NILs • Candidates need own NIL approval plus 3 • OC will convene monthly by phone •Travel requests submitted 3 weeks before early bird deadline; reports required after EGI TF12, Prague 9EGI-InSPIRE RI-261323
  10. 10. EGI Champions: recruitment Where are the prospective Champions? •EGI will promote scheme but… •NGIs will need to do their own searching •Champions will be near resource centres •Sys admins may have suggestions? •Innovative researchers in unusual fields •NGIs may seek to encourage new users EGI TF12, Prague 10EGI-InSPIRE RI-261323
  11. 11. Conclusion What happens next? •Support services evolving, UCB continues •CRM being used to track evolving support •VREs and portal support •Structured approaches to embrace new users and communities, w/shops, forums •Federated cloud, federated identity •Cloud services, trial resources, Champions EGI TF12, Prague 11EGI-InSPIRE RI-261323
  12. 12. Conclusion • Thanks! • Challenges and opportunities? • EGI Champions suggestions? • EGI Champions enquiries: • Information: EGI TF12, Prague 12EGI-InSPIRE RI-261323
  13. 13. Discussion 1. Review of community support and outreach: 1. AppDB & TM: 2. Analysis, reports and brochures, involve NGIs with reports 3. Events – plenary with training, 4. Visits 5. Services for community 6. VRE (platform) 7. Champions 8. New Communities? EGI TF12, Prague 13EGI-InSPIRE RI-261323