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Announcement - GridCafé launches in Spanish

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GridCafé, an award-winning Web site aimed at introducing the marvels of grid computing to a wider audience, has this week launched a Spanish language version, making the Web site available to an estimated 300 million Spanish speakers around the world.

The expansion comes as part of a partnership between European Commission project GridTalk and REUNA, a non-profit collaboration of 15 Chilean universities, the AURA Observatory and the Chilean National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research.

“In REUNA we believe that by using innovative technologies we can help to make a better world. When we first saw GridCafé we fell in love with its great contents and the simple fashion in which they are explained; we felt we needed to share that with the Chilean education and research community, and also with the rest of Latin America,” said Paola Arellano, REUNA Executive Director. “We are extremely satisfied with the great result of our collaboration with GridTalk and we are sure that the Spanish version of GridCafé will serve to trigger the development of new eScience initiatives”.

One of the eScience initiatives that will benefit is the world’s largest multi-science grid project Enabling Grids for EsciencE (EGEE). EGEE has been working closely with E-infrastructure shared between Europe and Latin America (EELA) to increase the number of scientists within southern and central America using grid technology. This new translation of GridCafé into Spanish will help to increase grid awareness among the research community in Latin America.

The GridCafé website received nearly 300,000 visitors in the last year, viewing more than 600,000 pages. The site introduces the concepts behind grid computing — a technology connects ordinary computers from around the world to create an extraordinary computing resource — as well as grid applications, challenges and ways to get involved.

“Grid computing is an essential and fascinating technology,” said Sarah Pearce, GridTalk project manager. “It allows scientists from all over the world to work together, sharing their data and resources for the greater good. We’re thrilled that GridCafé can now reach an even wider audience.”


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