Questions and Answers
What are EGI.eu policies?
EGI.eu policies are clear, formal and mandatory statements or positions adopted by the EGI.eu governance bodies for issues relevant to the EGI community. Our policies cover a wide range of issues, starting from long-term strategic cooperation with other e-infrastructure providers, to specific problems affecting our user community. EGI.eu policies are the direct, strategic link between the EGI.eu mission – to ensure a long-term, sustainable grid infrastructure available to all European scientists and their international collaborators and its daily activities in grid operations, software quality, security and user communities. Policies can be developed internally by policy groups or in collaboration with external partners.
Why are EGI.eu policies important?
Policies define EGI.eu’s key activities. They ensure consistency, fairness and minimise potential sources of litigation. Policies provide strategic guidance to decision makers on how to handle issues as they arise and give direction to staff on their daily practices.
Our policies are grounded on established policy tools such as the use of research, analysis and evaluation. This leads to well-balanced documents that address the specific needs of decision makers and staff alike. EGI.eu ensures that all stakeholders and partners have access to the policies to maximise the benefits to managerial and decision making processes.
Clarifying roles and responsibilities
Well-defined policies allow all actors - NGIs, EIROs, internal and external policy groups - to understand their roles and responsibilities within predefined limits. Our policies eliminate common misunderstandings and clarify the stakeholder’s responsibilities, as well as their obligations towards the community.
Policies allow us to manage risks, anticipate problems and prevent costly mistakes. In that sense, policies act as a roadmap where travel information is highlighted to prevent sidetracking from the ideal route. The successful implementation of EGI.eu policies within a well defined strategic framework will contribute to the main goal of the EGI.eu and European Grid community in general.
What are EGI.eu's policy development principles?
Our policy development process rests on the following fundamental principles:
Policy development is open to all stakeholders and actors within EGI community and follows an established participatory process of collaboration. Interested parties concerned with the EGI.eu policy development are welcome to contact the relevant policy group and in agreement with them take part in their policy discussions.
The process is transparent. Policy discussions and policy papers are archived and available through the EGI.eu document repository to all interested parties and stakeholders.
Whenever possible, policy document approval will be based on consensus.