Two years ago the European Globus Community Forum (EGCF) was successfully established by IGE as its post-project sustainability initiative. The EGCF is the body of the Globus community in Europe that brings together administrators, users, and developers into one organisation. Its aim is to boost collaboration between the stakeholders in terms of knowledge exchange and mutual support. To this end, the new EGCF portal which is available at http://www.egcf.eu has been created to serve as a “one-stop shop” for Globus in Europe. Moreover, there are annual meetings of the EGCF, with the latest meeting (http://www.egcf.eu/egcf-2013/) taking recently place on April 8th in Manchester, UK co-located with the EGI-CF 2013.
"The meetings are an excellent opportunity to get in contact with each other from heterogeneous backgrounds, and this is what EGCF is about.", states Dr. Helmut Heller, project director of IGE, "We managed to collate a very exciting program for the annual meeting this year, including keynote talks about Globus Online and e-Infrastructures along with a variety of community talks and demonstrations. Having over 50 participants present at the conference shows that there is an active Globus community in Europe."
The main target of the annual meeting was the smooth transition from the IGE project to the EGCF as a means to support the community. This way, a strategic and structural guideline for the EGCF and its role in the European grid ecosystem has been proposed and intensively discussed with the community. The slogan of the conference was “EGCF - The Future of Globus in Europe”.
"We are very proud that we can sustain most of the former IGE products and services on an as available effort basis”, summarizes Heller, “including software adaptations, testbed, IGE appliances, and packaging."
During the conference, the future organisation of the EGCF has been clarified. A Coordination Board has been elected to coordinate activities both within the European Globus Community, and externally to grid infrastructures, user communities, and the Globus core developer team in the U.S.. The following people have been elected to the EGCF Coordination Board: