NGI International Task Review MS109 Cyprus

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This page contains the assessment of the NGI International Task at year 1 of the EGI-InSPIRE project (one page per NGI). The NGI representatives are required to fill the tables according to the required information. The content will be integral part of the EGI-InSPIRE milestone MS109 "NGI International Task Review"

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User Services

Human Services (Table 1)

Table 1: NGI Assessment: User Services >> Human Services
EGI-InSPIRE EGI_DS Name Assessment Score How to Improve
NA3.3N U-N-3 U-N-13 Requirements Gathering User requirements are gathered through mailing lists, Users contact support team for any new requirements through email. Later we arrange meetings to discus and write down with details their requirements. 3 -
NA3.3N U-N-14 U-N-15 Application Database we use at the moment the App database only to search for application that are available to grid users. Until now we did not register any of our applications in the database. Our intention is to register our application in the database. 2 -
NA3.3N U-N-16 U-N-17 Training We arrange trainings on demand, and have performed many one to one trainings. Also once per year we organize training events in order to bring new user to e-infrastructure. 3 -
NA3.3N U-N-12 U-N-18 U-N-19 Consultancy Consulting is done in face to face meetings that we organize in order to attract new users to join the grid infrastructure. 2 -

Operations Services

Human Services (Table 2)

Table 2: NGI Assessment: Operations Services >> Human Services
EGI-InSPIRE EGI_DS Name Assessment Score How to Improve
SA1.4N O-N-9 Requirements Gathering your assessment here 3 how to improve
SA1.1N O-N-9 Operations Coordination write here 0-5 write here
SA1.2N O-N-9 Security Security person is responsible for responding at any security issue. 3 write here

Infrastructure Services (Table 3)

Table 3: NGI Assessment: Operations Services >> Infrastructure Services
EGI-InSPIRE EGI_DS Name Assessment Score How to Improve
SA1.3N O-N-9 Software Rollout The software rollout works normally. We install on time new releases and bugfixes of the glite middleware on all systems within CYGRID-NGI 4 write here
SA1.4N O-N-3 Monitoring CYGRID_NGI is running successfully Nagios-Box for monitoring purposes. 4 write here
SA1.5N O-N-2 Accounting CYGRID_NGI use the EGI central accounting service. 0-5 write here
SA1.4N O-N-1 O-N-4 Configuration Repository and Operations Portal write here 3 write here
SA1.6N SA1.7N O-N-6 O-N-7 Helpdesk Since we are a small NGI we use GGUS system 4 write here
SA1.8N O-N-5 O-N-8 Core Services write here 0-5 write here

Other (Table 4)

Table 4: NGI Assessment: Other
EGI-InSPIRE EGI_DS Name Assessment Score How to Improve
NA2.3N Policy Development write here 0-5 write here
NA2.2N E-N-2 Dissemination CyGrid during the first year in EGI, has promoted their work mainly concentrating in its visibility to the user communities, most important activities of dissemination had been in the form of training events and support to the users.

The NGI website, http://cygrid.org.cy has proved to be an important medium for disseminating activities and findings to a larger audience. Activities have been made available on the website. Researchers have contacted us via the website requesting information. Other channels for dissemination were a number of Scientific Papers presented at international conferences, seminars and workshops. CyGrid has participated in a number of scientific events organized at national level. Further dissemination took the form of Lectures and discussions organised by CyGrid team members.

Due to the funding allocated to this activity, the amount of effort required for such an activity is not covered by its funding. With 8.75 hours funded per month, it is difficult to manage the part where materials are needed to be produced, the website maintainance and the necessary effort in the form of travelling to events. For the moment, the activity is sustainable. We have achieved a greater visibility to the national user community, and this has been of big importance.

4.5 For the second year, we plan to maintain our visibility through the local website, and be more active in the organization of scientific events and the production of material, being through Lectures, teaching material, workshops or discussions, and to find further opportunities for dissemination