Introduction Introduction

Open Workshop on e-Infrastructures

(e-IRG Workshop)

EML Heidelberg, Germany
April 19-20, 2007

Workshop Summary: [ pdf ]
Executive summary: [ pdf]

The series of open e-IRG workshops support the e-IRG activities by enabling and stimulating the discussion of e-infrastructure related topics with the community across thematic and country borders. Experts on various areas will get together to explore open issues and outstanding questions for enabling easy and cost-effective shared use of distributed electronic resources across Europe and beyond, based on sustainable e-infrastructures.

On Thursday and Friday April 19th and 20th 2007 there will be an open workshop organised by the e-Infrastructure Reflection Group. The workshop will be held in Heidelberg, Germany, at the European Media Lab. The main theme of the workshop will be on "A sustainable grid infrastructure for Europe" and the following sub-topics:

  • Topic 1: Towards a European Grid Infrastructure.

    It is our belief that we have successfully built local, national and community e-infrastructures until now, and might have got some good ideas on how to proceed on a European level. We want to share these ideas.

  • Topic 2: Sustainability for e-Infrastructures.

    It is our belief that, to create a sustainable e-infrastructure for Europe, we have to consider economic and social aspects as well. We certainly want to learn from the experience of large institutions, industry, and the Internet.

  • Topic 3: Bridging the gap between academia and industry.

    It is our belief that a European e-infrastructure should be of interest for both research and industry. We want to learn when requirements are different and lead to different infrastructures, and when they are similar, so that research and industry can benefit from the same e-infrastructure.

The e- Infrastructures Reflection Group (e-IRG) defines and recommends best practices and policies for European e-Infrastructures. The purpose of the workshop is to encourage interaction between the scientific communities and the political, advisory and monitoring levels. Based on the presentations and discussions during the workshop the e-IRG will publish Recommendations to the European Commission and national governments. The results will also be included in future versions of the e-IRG White Paper and Roadmap.