WeNMR was again represented at the October 31st UCB meeting by the project coordinator, Prof. Bonvin.
The User Community Board met via a teleconference on 31st October 2011. Representatives were present from the following communities: Earth Sciences, Life Sciences (LSGC), Auger, Digital Cultural Heritage and WeNMR as well as EGI User Community Support Team (UCST). The topics covered were restructuring of user and community support within EGI-InSPIRE and other news, the User Support Platform, progress with requirements processing, the EGI Community Forum 2012 in Munich and the reports from the VRCs.
Following on from the EGI-InSPIRE project review in the summer two work packages (NA2 and NA3) are being merged into one combined unit called “Engaging with new user communities”. The goals of this restructuring are to significantly improve communication with the NGIs through the establishment of a new NGI coordinator role and secondly, to run dynamic user-engagement projects within a flexible ‘virtual team’ framework. A meeting is being held in Amsterdam on the 10th November to initiate this process to which all of the new NGI coordinators have been invited. In addition there is a change to the way in which support to communities will be managed. NA2 will take responsibility for developing and configuring new services and resources, while SA1, representing the operations teams, will provide support for established services. Users and communities should not see any changes in services or in communication channels: UCB will continue, existing support channels will function – help desk, RT etc. – UCST will continue to function albeit in a broader context of communication and outreach.
Planning is well underway for the next series of user workshops. These include workflow technologies, to be co-located with a SHIWA workshop in Budapest at the end of January, a facilitated discussion will be held as part of the HealthGrid/IWSG-Life event next May with a focus on portals, an event co-located with the Spanish NGI workshop in Madrid next January and finally there will be a workshop on Information Systems run by the Operations Team on the 1st December. It was also reported that there will be a Digital Cultural Heritage event in Cairo next April organised by the INDICATE project to which EGI is invited.
There was a progress report on the User Support platform. This covered the Applications Database, the Training Marketplace, VO services and the Requirements Tracker. It was noted by the users that the various gadgets are very useful and have been implemented across the communities. There was a discussion about access control for requirements submission and it was suggested that these could be open but the final decision is down to the VRC representatives.
There was a discussion about the requirements processing and a new interface for the reporting on processing was proposed. Opinion will be sought offline from the representatives.
The Call for Participation (CFP) for the EGI Community Forum is now open. The forum will take place in Munich next March from the 26th to the 30th. Further details can be found on the EGI web site.
The representatives present reported on their communities. Life Sciences (LSGC) have signed a Letter of Intent with the ScalaLife project. The call for the HealthGrid conference has been announced (http://amsterdam2012.healthgrid.org/) and various gadgets have been embedded into the wiki. Some questions about accounting reporting were discussed. WeNMR reported that a short promotional film would be produced shortly, gadgets have been incorporated into the website, various tutorials are planned and robot certificates are now available in Germany which will be used in a new portal there. Digital Cultural Heritage reported that the DC-NET project had produced some interesting reports which would be useful to EGI. The event in Cairo was discussed earlier.