EGI.eu is continuously working to establish collaborations with external partners in the following categories:
Technology providers, to develop and deliver robust and user-centric software to enable and run EGI.
Resource providers, to share geographically distributed ICT resources to be federated and operated under EGI and offered to the user communities.
Virtual research communities, to use EGI to collaborate across borders and achieve/share scientific results.
International policy bodies and standards organisations, to produce strategic and technical policies for Distributed Computing Infrastructures (DCIs) such as EGI.
Coordination and support projects, to support EGI in communicating results or coordinating across DCIs.
Details on individual terms of collaboration are published as agreements are signed with the different partners.
One of the main goals of EGI.eu is to bring European distributed computing initiatives into an integrated e-Infrastructure that is able to seamlessly peer with equivalent e-Infrastructures around the world.
This ambitious aim requires the close support of external partners, outside the EGI community which are equally committed to the development of e-Infrastructures. For the sustainable operation of EGI, it is crucial to interact with technology and infrastructure providers, as well as with our user communities to drive the evolution of our services.
To nurture such collaborations, EGI.eu needs to establish and formalise agreements with relevant partners on the European and global level.
Each external collaboration is formalised via a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), i.e., a signed document written to confirm and define the framework of collaboration between EGI.eu and individual partners.
The EGI.eu recognises MoUs as tools to open wide and long-term activity and cooperation with partners. Such collaborations will ultimately bring visible benefits to scientists and researchers. In addition, external collaborations will be formalised through membership and participation in international policy bodies.
Collaboration with EGI.eu is typically formalised through negotiating and signing a MoU. A number of templates are available depending on the category of the engaging partner.
The aim of formal partnerships is to strengthen the ability of the parties involved to mutually solve problems, benefit from the interchange of ideas and practices and strive towards a common goal. The MoUs define these objects and assign roles, responsibilities and communication methods. The MoUs also specify areas of confidentiality, periodic review of the document, milestones and monitoring of their achievement as well as joint participation in technical (e.g. data challenge) and/or dissemination activities.
To discuss partnership opportunities and all advantages of collaboration with EGI.eu, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.