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Collaborative Tools and the LHC: An Update

Sep 3, 2007, 2:00 PM
Oak (Victoria, Canada)


Victoria, Canada

oral presentation Collaborative tools Collaborative tools


Dr Steven Goldfarb (University of Michigan)


I report on major current activities in the domain of Collaborative Tools, focusing on development for the LHC collaborations and HEP, in general, including audio and video conferencing, web archiving, and more. This presentation addresses the follow-up to the LCG RTAG 12 Final Report (presented at CHEP 2006), including the formation of the RCTF (Remote Collaboration Task Force) to steer planning and development, the installation of prototype facilities at CERN, and current funding scenarios. I also summarize presentations and discussion made during the Shaping Collaboration 2006 conference held in Geneva in December 2006, and present proposals offered by the participants to specifically address major issues facing the LHC collaborations in the coming years.


During the CHEP 2006 conference in Mumbai, I presented the findings and
recommendations of the LCG RTAG 12
Final Report (CERN-LCG-PEB-2005-07), which was the culmination of a year of research
and discussions by
representatives of CERN, the LHC, and experts in the field. Since that time, a
significant effort has been made at
CERN to follow the recommendations, despite severe budget limitations on the part of
laboratory. Efforts at CERN
have included the equipping of prototype conference rooms and the development,
implementation and integration
of commonly used applications. Outside of CERN, significant advancements have been
made in the development of
new tools for video conferencing, web lecture archiving, and elsewhere. A three-day
conference bringing together
experts in the field of Collaborative Tools and LHC Users examined these
developments, looked at future possibilities,
and discussed issues most relevant to the functioning of the collaborations. My
presentation will attempt to
summarize these important and valuable interactions and to spark discussion on the
needs of the LHC.

Submitted on behalf of Collaboration (ex, BaBar, ATLAS) LHC (ATLAS)

Primary author

Dr Steven Goldfarb (University of Michigan)

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