The gathering and management of requirements is important for any community-based endeavour, and one of the primary commitments of the Initiative for Globus in Europe (IGE) project is to gather and address Globus requirements emerging from European research communities. To facilitate this, IGE has made a Request Tracker (RT) publicly available for the registration and tracking of these requirements.
By assimilating and prioritising the needs from diverse Globus users across Europe into a single organisation, IGE can either develop coordinated solutions to address those requirements, or utilise its strong community connections to give those requirements a strong voice within the US Globus team, the various European infrastructure initiatives, and global standards development organisations.
"Improving the Globus middleware is the goal of all Globus developers, worldwide. By collecting and prioritising a European wish list for new Globus features, bug fixes, and usability improvements, as well as European contributions to Globus, IGE facilitates reaching this common goal." says Dr. Helmut Heller, Project Director of IGE.
IGE is very keen to engage with European researchers who have Globus requirements. Such requirements may include the need for a new feature, the resolution of a technical issue, a legal or licensing concern or support for a specific open standard. If you have any such requirements for Globus, then perhaps IGE can help - requirements can be submitted directly into RT, or alternatively via email or web form.
In addition to requirements, IGE is also very interested in learning about and taking up developments from European developers who may want to contribute their code to Globus. Through IGE’s European Globus Community Forum (EGCF), Globus developers can announce their development plans to inform others, foster collaborations and avoid duplicated effort. If you have any developments you wish to announce, please get in touch with us!