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This page provides information about the Virtual Teams of EGI. Virtual Teams were used between 2011-2015 and are no longer in use. For similar (but not exactly the same) purposes EGI now has Competence Centres.


In 2011 the EGI community revised its user engagement activities and defined a new structure for them to improve efficiency and agility for the community in this area. A new structure has two key elements:

  1. Virtual Team framework: The Virtual Team framework enables NGI and staff to initiate and participate in short-lived projects (also known as Virtual Team projects) that focus on activities that are relevant to the uptake and use of the production infrastructure. Virtual Teams can cover areas such as Marketing & Communication; Strategic Planning and Policy Support; Community outreach and events for new users; Technical outreach and support to new communities. Virtual Team projects typically focus around new communities and/or sustainability. The framework allows the EGI community to plan all related activities in conjunction and collaboration with the NGIs and can help integrate and align effort from multiple projects and countries. The VT project framework is open to all NGIs, countries and regions that are involved or collaborate with EGI. These entities can join existing Virtual Teams and can propose new Virtual Teams.
  2. NGI International Liaisons: The interaction between the NGIs and on non-operational activities is undertaken through an "NGI International Liaisons"(NILs in short). NILs are responsible within the NGIs for the delivery and interaction of non-operational tasks. Non-operational activities cover areas such as Marketing & Communication; Strategic Planning and Policy Support; Community outreach and events for new users; Technical outreach and support to new communities. The role of the NGI International Liaison recognises the complexity and diversity of each NGIs yet the need for these NGIs to be involved in pan-European, coordinated, non-technical activities of EGI, primarily through Virtual Teams. It is not necessarily the NGI International Liaison who undertake any of the non-technical activities, but instead they make sure the appropriate individuals or teams within the NGIs respond to any particular activity or issue that arises. These activities and issues arise within the Virtual Team framework, typically as requests to join a new Virtual Team or to react to some issue identified by a Virtual Team.

What is a Virtual Team?

The skills needed for EGI to successfully engage as a community with new users exist in many different organisations in the 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 (up to 18 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 through a hosted event; Performing a study/analysis of a specific area). Virtual Teams have members from multiple NGIs and carry out a targeted action within the following activity domains:

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.

Who are the NGI International Liaisons?


EGI members (NGIs and EIROs) as well as EGI partner states/regions delegate International Liaisons to EGI. These International Laisions (NILs) have a key networking role in the EGI community. NILs work together with the EGI Foundation and with each other to link non-operational activities from their own country/institute/region with the rest of the EGI community. One of the most important of these non-operational activities is Engagement with new communities. With the NIL acting as a spearhead, each country (or EIRO or region) is able to connect its non-operational activities to the European landscape, and receive information on how the European landscape evolves. NILs demonstrate the added value of the country to new communities and to other NGIs. NILs connect the following activities from the national level to the European level (NILs don't necessarily perform these activities, but are connected to the people who do within the local NGI):

EGI defines and implements its Engagement Plan with the help of the NILs.

The NIL role and about their coordination within EGI

Resources for the NILs - To be successful in reaching out and supporting new communities

List of NILs

Name, Country, Institute, Email:

Confirmed contacts to handle EGI Service Orders

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