From Prague to Oxford

Wed 3rd October 2012

After a great week at the European Grid Infrastructure’s Technical Forum in Prague, GridPP returned to the UK for its latest collaboration meeting in Oxford.

The 2012 EGI Technical forum was the 3rd organised by the European Grid infrastructure to complement their community forum held earlier in the year. The event’s theme was The development of an open and sustainable EGI ecosystem that will support Open Science in the digital European Research Area. The UK was well represented by attendees from GridPP and other projects contributing sessions, demos and talks in the areas of security, accounting, tools, dissemination and much more.

The Technical Forum is a big date in the grid calendar so is the perfect opportunity for announcements. This year was no different with the news that Globus Online is available for European researchers as well as the launch of the EGI Champions and a public demo of the EGI federated cloud.

The meeting was also the start of the promotion of the next EGI Community Forum, which is in Manchester between the 8th and 12th of April 2013. Hosted by the UK NGI (of which GridPP is a member) it marks the first European grid meeting in the UK since Enabling Grids for EsciencE’s User Forum in 2007.

EGI Community Forum 2013 Poster

Before that though GridPP were back in the UK last week for their biannual collaboration meeting. GridPP29 was held in Oxford as a chance for the entire community to come together and have a full and frank discussion on the pressing topics that they are facing. The focus for the meeting was evolution, looking at where the service and its users are going and what needs to change.

The 2 days had talks from all the usual suspects like the sites, experiments and other stakeholders, as well as lively discussion and debate. This time though there was also presentations from the DiRAC HPC facility, the e-Infrastructure South Consortium and JANET ensuring that the meeting covered every possible area of interest to the community.

The GridPP Collaboration at GridPP29 in Oxford

All of the talks and material from the GridPP collaboration meeting are available at

You can find more information about the Technical Forum at with the full programme online at

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