The European grid user community is currently organized around specific European projects and technologies. The organization of the wider grid user community will change radically with the transition from project-based grid infrastructures to the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI). Notably the scientific user communities must become strong, independent, self-supporting entities capable of coordinating the use of EGI and of safeguarding grid-related knowledge within their communities. Similarly, those providing generic support services to the full grid user community must form similar entities. The characteristics of these entities, Specialized Support Centers (SSC), have been defined in previous SSC Workshops and in the various EGI Blueprint documents.
This session will provide an opportunity for those planning SSCs for EGI to present the current status of their planning, to interact with other coordinators, and to understand in more detail how the SSCs will fit into the EGI ecosystem.