Virtual organisations (VOs) are groups of researchers with similar scientific interests and requirements, who are able to work collaboratively with other members and/or share resources (e.g. data, software, expertise, CPU, storage space), regardless of geographical location.
Researchers must join a VO in order to use grid computing resources provided by EGI (how to join a VO). Each virtual organisation manages its own membership list, according to the VO’s requirements and goals.
EGI provides support, services and tools to allow VOs to make the most of their resources.
EGI currently hosts more than 200 VOs for communities with interests as diverse as Earth Sciences, Computer Sciences and Mathematics, Fusion, Life Sciences or High-Energy Physics. If you represent a community of researchers interested in setting up such a group, there is more information on how to register a new VO.