New statutes and a new name for EGI

The EGI Council has decided to simplify the name of the European Grid Infrastructure to EGI – just the acronym without an expansion. The change reflects the evolution of EGI towards becoming a worldwide, technology-agnostic e-Infrastructure for science.

The change of European Grid Infrastructure to EGI is part of an update in the statutes of the EGI Foundation signed over the summer. The new statutes also approved important changes in the governance of the EGI Foundation:

  • Full membership is now open to non-European countries – participation is no longer restricted to a geographical area.
  • EIROs, ERICs and other organisations that support the objectives of EGI can also become full members from now on.

“The changes are meant to emphasize the international interest and mission of EGI, which are not limited by a particular technology or geographical area,” says Yannick Legré, Managing Director of the EGI Foundation. “We aim to serve excellent science, regardless of location and discipline.”

Matthew Dovey, Chair of the EGI Council adds, “updating the statutes of the foundation and the EGI name will reinforce cooperation with other pan-European and worldwide e-infrastructures and research infrastructures, bringing us closer to the way science is actually undertaken.”