The EGI Engagement activity reaches out to scientific communities and researchers within academia and industry and supports them in tackling scientific challenges using the reliable and innovative ICT services and solutions offered by the EGI community. Successful engagement requires coordinated outreach, marketing, training and support activities across the whole EGI network. Find information in this section about the teams and key resources that contribute to EGI Engagement, as well as about the ongoing engagement cases.
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.
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:
- Identify scientific communities from academy and industry that could break current scientific barriers with the use of EGI services and solutions.
- 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.
- 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.
- Support scientific communities during the whole process they need to go through to become active and self sufficient users of EGI services and tools.
- 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.
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.
- RIs and FET Flagships: Research Infrastructures (RIs) from the ESFRI roadmap and from national roadmaps and the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Flagship Initiatives recognised by the European Union Member states.
- Research Collaborations: small-medium size research collaborations and research networks. These are typically represented by FP7 or H2020 projects at the European scale, and by similar-size national projects at the national scale.
- Members of the 'long tail of science': very small research teams and individual researchers who are primarily focussed on their own research agendas or personal research objectives.
- SMEs and industry: Researchers and innovators working in the industry sector.
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.
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 (email@example.com). Board members are:
- NGI International Liaisons
- Members of the User Community Board
- Representatives of EGI Competence Centres
- Representatives of EGI.eu organisation, primarily the User Community Support Team
Short term plan
- A short term plan (approx. 12 month) is available in the last section of the EGI Engagement Strategy. This plan is updated at least once per year.
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:
- Repository of communication and marketing materials and templates: http://www.egi.eu/news-and-media/publications/
- Registry of upcoming events that can be relevant for EGI members to attend and promote EGI (with planned contributions from EGI): http://wiki.egi.eu/wiki/Research_Conferences
- An up-to-date list of the support cases that are currently in the Engagement pipeline: http://go.egi.eu/technicalsupportcases. (An RT queue with public access)
- Documentation about how to capture details of a new engagement case: https://documents.egi.eu/document/2478
- Regular meetings for the Engagement Board: http://go.egi.eu/engagementmeetings
- List of NGI International Liaisons: http://www.egi.eu/community/ngis/NILs.html
- Email lists:
- NGI International Liaisons: firstname.lastname@example.org
- User Community Board: UCBemail@example.com
- Leaders of EGI-Engage Competence Centres: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Known requirements of partner communities + templates to capture requirements: https://wiki.egi.eu/wiki/Communties_Requirements
- Templates to establish a new Virtual Team project: https://wiki.egi.eu/wiki/Virtual_teams
These pages are/were used by members of the Engagement board: