The Grid Observatory proposed as part of the EGEE-III program of work touches several points that directly impact users of the grid. The Grid Observatory cluster aims to provide traces of important tasks on the grid (jobs, data transfers, service discovery, etc.) via a database to computer science researchers as well as the project itself. This work will necessarily integrate information from a large number of sources, including potentially application-level monitoring. Analysis of this information will hopefully lead to more accurate error reporting and better fault-tolerance of the system as a whole.