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Announcement - Invitation to comment on e-IRG Roadmap 2009 draft


The latest version of the e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG) Roadmap has been released and has entered the public consultation phase. The document invites policy makers, service providers, and user communities to join in the discussion concerning the future of European e-Infrastructures.

The importance of e-Infrastructures for European research, innovation, and competitiveness is now almost universally acknowledged. Sustainable and integrated networking, grid, data, high performance, and commodity computing services will become essential tools for 40 million users in research and academia in Europe. The ongoing expansion of the e-Infrastructures user communities is already producing new and updated requirements for the common e-Infrastructures. The link between leading-edge research activities and the e-Infrastructures supporting them has been identified as an area where considerable socioeconomic benefits can be realised.

To support its mission, the e-IRG develops roadmap documents providing a view of the technical, administrative and socioeconomic issues related to e-Infrastructures supporting European research. The current version of the roadmap was produced in 2009. It looks into the new e-Infrastructure landscape that is being formed by new user communities, and presents sustainable service provision models and fundamental changes in the underlying technology base. Rather than looking at these changes independently, the document tries to analyse their impact from the point of view of the users, service providers and the society as a whole. The document also contains several recommendations aimed at maximising the positive socioeconomic impact of new innovation opportunities that are opening up.

Please visit the e-IRG website www.e-irg.eu to access the e-IRG Roadmap (Publications/Roadmap), and to join in the discussion. The present version of the Roadmap will remain open for comments until 31 January 2010. The comments will be made publicly available and linked to the final version of the roadmap document.

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