VT Business Engagement

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General Project Information

  • Leader: Sy Holsinger, EGI.eu
  • Mailing List: vt-scientific-discipline-classification@mailman.egi.eu
  • Status: Final VT Report sent to EGI Management for approval [1]
  • Start Date: 12/12/2012
  • End Date: 24/05/2013 (5 months)
  • Meetings: see dedicated page


EGI is a multidisciplinary e-Infrastructure where users belong to a variety of different scientific disciplines. EGI needs to categorise these users by disciplines through a number tools (e.g, AppDB, operations portal, training marketplace, CRM). Although a legacy classification was inherited from EGEE, different tools have adopted different classifications and the expanded user base has many virtual organisations falling into the "other" category. As EGI now operates within an open ICT ecosystem, it has become essential to agree on a common, coherent classification that is not only consistent across all tools, but allows for smooth inclusion of future user communities as well.


A proposal for a new classification of scientific disciplines for EGI that is verified with the VO managers, EGI tools operators and NILs and that is open for the inclusion of new communities in the future.


  • Identify all possible uses of disciplines across EGI.
  • Research publically available classifications.
  • Define an aggregation of scientific disciplines.
  • Understand the technical implications of integrating a new classification scheme.
  • Present the proposed list for comments and recommendation by VO Managers, EGI tool operators and NILs.
  • Submit an agreed and verified classification to EGI Management and Council for approval with a set of recommendations moving forward.

See dedicated activity page


  • Sy Holsinger, EGI.eu / VT Leader
  • Sergio Andreozzi, EGI.eu
  • Gonçalo Borges, LIP / PT NIL / CRM
  • Marios Chatziangelou, IASA / GR NGI / AppDB
  • Claire Devereux, STFC / UK NIL / Training Marketplace
  • Iván Díaz, CESGA / ES NGI / Accounting Portal
  • Maciej Filocha, ICM / PL NGI / User Communities
  • Cyril L'Orphelin CNRS / FR NGI / Operations Portal
  • Geneviève Romier CNRS / FR NIL / User Communities
  • Alvaro Simon, CESGA / ES NGI / Accounting Portal
  • Jelena Tamulienė, VU / LT NIL / User Communities



General Project Information

Project: Business Engagement Leader: Javier Jimenez, EGI.eu Mailing List: vt-business-engagement@mailman.egi.eu (to request from IT-support when approved) Status: Proposal Start Date: 01/03/2014 End Date: (6 months max) Meetings: set-up page

Motivation There are more than 20 million SMEs in the EU representing 99% of businesses. SMEs are considered one of the key drivers for economic growth, innovation, and employment. The European Commission has made them one of the focuses in the Horizon 2020 with the aim of putting SMEs in the lead for the delivery of innovation to the market. EGI aims at supporting this policy objective by exploring opportunities for synergies with SMEs (e.g, offering the EGI innovative services for big data analytics).

The goal is to establish a Business Engagement Programme for developing relationships with SMEs and bringing them into the EGI ecosystem to create mutual value. By entering into the programme companies can identify their own business opportunities, advertise their services, and/or conduct R&D activities in collaboration with the public research sector using the capabilities that EGI makes available for them.

SMEs are welcome to propose their ideas for collaboration and, if deemed appropriate, have the opportunity to participate in the development of the infrastructure, for example by creating specific user interfaces for data and infrastructure management. They could also access large scale computational capacity for developing prototypes/proof of concepts and bringing them to production, perform pre-competitive research, publish articles, and/or get access to potential clients by sponsoring/participating EGI events. The main constraints in using the EGI infrastructure is that services and applications should not have a commercial purpose, nevertheless EGI can act as a catalyst and when applications/services reach maturity for commercial exploitation, they could move the commercial market.

With the creation of this virtual team we also want to create the basis for future, broader actions by identifying SMEs potentially willing to collaborate with EGI in these activities and establishing active strategic partnerships. SMEs participating in the program may also be part of future Horizon 2020 proposals.

Output The final output of this VT is a well-defined Business Engagement program for SMEs that is validated with a number of initial companies. The VT will also produce a list (or database) of suitable SMEs across Europe potentially willing to collaborate with EGI and able to do so (NGIs’ representatives will be crucial to identify them).

1. SME Business Engagement Program describing target organisations, rules of engagement, value proposition 2. List of potential candidate SMEs 3. Initial list of SMEs that engage with the program and provide feedback about it

Tasks The general workplan is as follows: (Will be revised as the group starts) Define an SME Business Engagement Program Define the desired profile of the SMEs to be integrated Create an SME/Business database of contacts across Europe (KPI: number of leads, 200 entries with contact details) Identify potential opportunities - technical and non-technical Make contact - either F2F or virtually (KPI: 40 contacts documented) Gather feedback on experience and potential requirements Establish formal relationship (KPI: 3) (See EBA Programme)

Members Javier Jimenez, EGI.eu/VTLeader Sy Holsinger, EGI.eu Sergio Andreozzi, EGI.eu NILs NGI Reps, etc.

The members of the group already have a network of contacts in the SMEs world, and are able to contribute in the creation of a SME/Business database, and able to mediate in the definition of the interaction (or the nature of the relationship) between the proposed SME and EGI.

Resources EGI Business Engagement Doc (link from DocDB when ready) - 1 pager describing the formal mechanisms and benefits