What is a Virtual Team?
The skills needed for EGI to successfully engage as a community with new users exist in many different organisations within EGI-InSPIRE and in the broader EGI ecosystem. It is foreseen that different members of EGI want to participate in different types of targeted activities that directly or indirectly relate to engagement with new users. The individuals needed to carry out such a targeted activity can be brought together by a Virtual Team in EGI. Virtual Teams provide a flexible and dynamic means to rapidly bring together certain members of the community for a well defined series of tasks to meet a specific goal that needs to be achieved in a relatively short period of time (on the order of weeks or months) before being disbanded. The focus of these Virtual Teams will be to either directly increase the number of EGI users (e.g. through integrating a new application) or indirectly (e.g. by raising the profile of EGI and an NGI through a NGI hosted event for its users). Virtual Teams have members from multiple NGIs and carry out a targeted action within the following activity domains:
- Marketing & Communication
- Strategic Planning and Policy Support
- Community outreach and events for new users
- Technical outreach and support to new communities
Virtual Teams can be established and used to enable the development of a strategy for the long-term evolution of EGI, or to significantly increase both the diversity and quantity of users and communities exploiting the infrastructure for world class research. The application of the framework is limited only by the scope and imagination of the NGIs to commit resources to any particular goal. EGI-InSPIRE NA2 members can and should use their NA2 project effort through Virtual Teams in order to efficiently contribute to the coordinated, pan-European activities carried out by EGI in engaging with new users.