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EGI Champions - Introduction to the Wiki

This EGI Wiki constitutes a working repository of information that is primarily intended for use by EGI Champions to help them in their quest to encourage scientific researchers to use the considerable resources of the European Grid Infrastructure. This page is administered on a day to day basis by EGI (poc is Richard McLennan) but all EGI Champions are encouraged to contribute to the information recorded in these pages so as to help compile as useful and complete repository as possible.

EGI Champions - Aims

The principal aim of the Champions Role is to encourage and enthuse more scientists into using the European Grid Infrastructure for their research.

The role of EGI Champion is being created to offer a flexible and practical mechanism that can be used by EGI to support and nurture enthusiastic individuals from a variety of fields and backgrounds to act as ambassadors for the European Grid Infrastructure, helping, assisting and encouraging current and potential users when and where they need it through their own technical knowledge and awareness of the available resources and services.

Descriptions and Definitions

What will Champions do?

The European Grid Infrastructure is an immensely capable academic computing grid that enables access to state-of-the-art computing facilities for cutting edge research across an international scientific community. To fully exploit this valuable infrastructure we need to promote its capabilities and engage with as wide a field of researchers as possible. The EGI Champions are knowledgeable users of the infrastructure who will have gained their experience in any of a varied range of ways - more importantly, they will have an aptitude for enthusiastically conveying the potential and value of the EGI to fellow scientists and researchers. Champions may work in any discipline from astro-physics to ancient history but in this role their most important communication skills may relate to providing hands-on support to small numbers of other researchers or to delivering compelling talks to large numbers of people be they academics, the general public or perhaps even school children.

What will Champions get in return?

In return for acting as ambassadors for the infrastructure, the Champions will receive funding to attend a number of events at which they will promote and answer questions about EGI. They will subsequently submit a short report sumarising their views of the event and passing on any potential new leads that can be followed up by NGIs or EGI. EGI Champions will thus form a network of effective communicators and supporters who raise the profile of EGI and also benefit their own academic careers. The role is time-limited in order to create a constantly expanding community of alumni with awareness and improved communication skills . A full list of the responsibilities of the EGI Champions can be found in Appendix A.