Engagement overview

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This page is an extract of the EGI Engagement Strategy, the document that defines the scope and activities of EGI Engagement. For further information please refer to the strategy document.

Goals

EGI’s sustainability plans have become increasingly coupled with its long-term strategy: connect researchers from all fields of science with the reliable and innovative ICT services from EGI that they need to undertake their research. Evolving these services according to researchers’ needs is also inevitable, to continue providing value for research and science in Europe. Engagement is a key activity in EGI to achieve these goals. EGI Engagement has to:

  1. Identify scientific communities from academy and industry that could break current scientific barriers with the use of EGI services and solutions.
  2. Reach out to, and carry out discussions with these communities about ICT technologies to understand and capture details of their e-infrastructure use cases and requirements.
  3. Help these communities tackle scientific challenges with the use of existing EGI solutions and by new solutions brought into, or developed within EGI as required.
  4. Support scientific communities during the whole process they need to go through to become active and self sufficient users of EGI services and tools.
  5. Act as a meeting point for research communities, a community of communities, where information and experiences relating to e-infrastructure application and adaptation can be shared.

Target groups

EGI Engagement needs to establish partnerships with researchers of the ERA. Researchers can be engaged with at different levels. The Engagement Strategy needs to know the specific characteristics of these levels in order to be able to choose suitable and effective engagement approaches and priorities.

Engagement process

EGI Engagement has to identify and reach relevant members of the target communities, communicate relevant and impactful messages about the opportunities and benefits that collaboration with EGI could bring, deepen relationships until the exact scope and conditions of collaborations with mutual benefit are understood, and finally implement and maintain the relationships to bring benefits for the stakeholders. This process can be defined in a generic way and used as a blueprint to implement specific engagement plans with each of the various types of communities that have been identified in the previous section. EGI-Engage partners collaborate in the implementation of this process. While EGI.eu’s prime objective is to facilitate the EGI community's engagement with multi-national, structured scientific communities (primarily RIs, FETs, H2020 projects), the NGIs and individual institutes within those NGIs are also focussed on engagement with national and local communities, including SMEs and members of the long-tail of science.

Members

The EGI Engagement Strategy is defined and implemented by the EGI Engagement Board. The board is chaired by the EGI.eu Technical Outreach Manager: Gergely Sipos (gergely.sipos@egi.eu). Board members are:

Short term plan

Tools and services

A number of online tools and services are available for the EGI Engagement board to support their work in the area of community engagement. These tools and services are:

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These pages are/were used by members of the Engagement board:

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