The European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) is a federation of resources providers – National Grid Initiatives (NGIs) and two European Intergovernmental Research Organisations (EIROs) – tightly engaged with a diverse community of researchers and software & service developers.
Together, resource providers, researchers and developers form the ecosystem at the heart of the evolution of grid computing services in Europe.
The scientists and researchers that use grid computing resources for their work – are typically grouped in Virtual Organisations (VOs) according to their field of expertise and resources they use. The VOs can be also structured into larger groupings of Virtual Research Communities (VRCs) that represent the interests of a specific research field within the EGI ecosystem. Many VRCs have been using EGI resources for many years and, therefore, have become more structured providing services, tools and support for their own communities, but are of potential use to other communities.
EGI is a dynamic community focused on continuous improvement of the tools and services provided to the researchers that use its services. This cannot be done in isolation and EGI has a strong tradition of looking for collaborations elsewhere in the wider ITC-community. As of the beginning of 2012, EGI has established partnerships with many technology providers, international policy bodies and standards organisations, as well as resource providers outside Europe and related European projects.