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iSGTW Link of the week - Old friends and new: iSGTW, GridCafe, GridTalk and more

Link of the week - Old friends and new: iSGTW, GridCafé, GridTalk and more


The GridTalk project harnesses the successes of existing grid communication projects International Science Grid This Week and GridCafé, creating a central hub for European grid communications. GridTalk will also tackle new missions dedicated to deciphering grid policy and showcasing the human face of grid computing.
Images courtesy of GridTalk

A new editorial team...

A big welcome to Dan Drollette and Anne Heavey, who will be producing all-new editions of iSGTW as of next week. Dan comes from a strong background in science journalism and Anne has been an iSGTW contributing editor since our launch. Both are keen to hear your grid-related news and announcements so please drop them a line anytime.

A new partner and project...

And welcome to EU project GridTalk. Co-funded by the European Commission, GridTalk was launched last week and aims to create a unified and cohesive approach to European grid communications. The project means the start of a new mission dedicated to deciphering grid policy, the addition of new contributions to CERN's acclaimed GridCafé, the creation of an interactive global GridGuide, and support for a fulltime iSGTW editor.

A new funding setup...

The launch of GridTalk restructures iSGTW's funding such that we are now co-funded by GridTalk in Europe and Open Science Grid in the U.S., continuing the strong international nature of this collaboration. Many thanks to the EGEE project for their sponsorship over the last two years. EGEE, TeraGrid, OSG and GridPP will continue to stay involved in iSGTW through the provision of contributing editors.

A new challenge for me...

And it's not quite goodbye for outgoing iSGTW editor Cristy Burne, who will be joining the GridTalk project to work on the creating of the GridGuide, an interactive map of the human face of grid computing. The GridGuide will make use of Imperial College's Real Time Monitor to showcase the people and personalities creating, using and benefiting from grid computing. Cristy will also be working to decipher grid policy, aiming to bring you the latest in grid policy updates as part of iSGTW. Watch this space for more information or contact Cristy with your ideas!

A little more on GridTalk...

Like grid computing itself, GridTalk combines the resources of several distributed partners: Queen Mary University of London in the UK, CERN in Switzerland, and APO, a web design company based in France. And like grid computing, GridTalk will reach out to distributed audiences, benefiting scientists and the public as well as those in government and industry.

"Ordinary people are benefiting from grid-enabled discoveries in health, chemistry, biology and more," says project manager Sarah Pearce. "GridTalk will show this human face of grid computing. We're going to put grid computing firmly in the spotlight, showcasing the behind-the-scenes computing that is making these new discoveries possible."

As well as outreach across Europe, GridTalk will co-ordinate activities with international partners in areas such as the U.S., Latin America and Asia.

Pearce says this coordinated approach is essential to the ongoing success of European grid computing efforts.

"The impact of grids has rapidly expanded beyond that which can be disseminated by individual groups," she says. "Grid initiatives across Europe are contributing to new scientific results and changing the way science is done. The GridTalk team will co-ordinate the communication of these results, ensuring that grid-enabled scientific successes are reported widely in print and online."

A final word...

Many thanks to you all for making iSGTW the success it is! I have had a fabulous year as iSGTW editor and look forward to seeing many of you at grid-related conferences and to reading about your achievements in future issues of iSGTW. Thank you!

- Cristy Burne, iSGTW



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