Whether you fly a modern fighter jet or simply want to be efficient when working the telephone at the reception desk of a busy company, good training will invariably underpin your success in doing what you have to do. This is equally so for the many and varied users working within the growing transnational environment that is what the European Grid Infrastructure is all about. But unlike the pilot and the receptionist whose employers will almost certainly push them through carefully designed training, EGI users (scientific researchers, application developers, system administrators and others employing the tools that are being made available through EGI) will generally arrive at the world of Grids and e-Infrastructures through any number of career paths. This is where EGI’s concept of a training ‘Market Place’ will come to help anyone who needs access to the training system. Crucially though, success in this area depends absolutely on the collaborative effort we all put into making the ‘Market Place’ work. It is all a question of providing and exchanging information on training products within a ‘collaborative’ framework, in much the same way e-Bay provides a framework for trading almost anything someone wants to buy or sell.
The EGI.eu Training website represents this ‘Market Place' – it is the framework within which trainers, training events and training material can be advertised. As such, we are all involved in contributing small inputs to help make the ‘Market Place’ flourish and work.
Are you running a training event (for example: new users of the Grid, porting applications, system Grid admin) that might just be of interest to someone beyond the immediate audience you intended it for? If so, add it to the website and promote the event – go to http://training.egi.eu/addEvent.cfm and in just 5 minutes advertise your training. Are you looking for some training relevant to using a specific application or tool available through EGI? If so, look at the website and see what is available – go to http://training.egi.eu/ . Perhaps you are a trainer or are searching for the names and details of a trainer who may help you? Possibly you are looking for Training Material that is tied to a Training Event or maybe you simply just want to suggest an improvement – please start using the site and be part of making it work for you. The website is far from perfect but there are plenty of us ready to invest time and effort in making improvements if the demand is there.
Give it a go!