Publicly funded research infrastructures, of which EGEE is Europe’s flagship example for high throughput distributed computing, exist within the policy environment specified by their funding bodies. For EGEE, it is the European Commission’s Framework VII programme that provides the policy mechanisms that drive the project, and other funded research activities within Europe.
The first keynote presentation in this session will be given by Kostas Glinos describing the broader policy environment that is driving the development of research infrastructures in Europe. The second keynote presentation by Jennifer Schopf provides a perspective on the policy environment in the USA from the National Science Foundation’s Office of CyberInfrastructure (equivalent to e-Infrastructure in Europe). The last keynote presentation will describe the European Grid Initiative (EGI) model and the work being undertaken within the community to transition from the EGEE based project infrastructure to a more sustainable longer term model as described within EGI. At the heart of EGI is the federation of independent National Grid Initiatives (NGIs) into the EGI structure.