South Eastern European GRid-enabled eInfrastructure Development 2 - SEE GRID 2

SEE-GRID-2 aims to  further advance and integrate the existing SEE Grid infrastructure and services, capitalize on the  existing SEE-GRID human network to further strengthen scientific collaboration and cooperation  among   participating   SEE   communities,   and   ultimately   achieve   sustainability   for   regional   and  national eInfrastructures that will endure beyond the project’s lifetime. 
The  sustainability of the SEE eInfrastructure is the highest priority of SEE-GRID-2 and will be  primarily  pursued  by  achieving  involvement  and  cooperation  at  the  national   government  and  research/academic level in every SEE country. The sustainability efforts will be supported by the  framework of a  National Grid Initiative, through the maturing of grid organizational structures  and provision of reliable services, including the establishment and operation of Grid Operation  Centers   and   accredited   National/Regional   Grid   Certification   Authorities.   Furthermore,  dissemination conferences and PR events will be utilized to raise awareness at all society levels  and attract national & regional political and financial support for materializing the eInfrastructure  vision. 
In terms of available Grid resources, SEE-GRID-2 will pursue the expansion of the current SEE  grid infrastructure to new countries in the region as well as by proliferation of the participating  Resource Centers in each SEE country in order to  increase the available regional resources  (e.g. processing power, storage) thus boosting the performance  of the regional infrastructure;  furthermore, this will positively impact the  diversity and  distribution  of  participating  teams per  country thus strengthening cooperation and collaboration at national level. The actual usage of  the Grid infrastructure will be stimulated by the support of  multi-disciplinary  grids, involving a  range of research and academic institutes and scientific communities in all SEE countries, with  emphasis on the deployment and support of a range of Grid applications in order to engage as  many user communities as possible and increase the utilization of the available resources.
SEE-GRID-2 will also pursue the strengthening of the human network through extensive national  and   regional-level   training   in   order   to   develop   both   the   necessary   Grid   user-interface  familiarization and computing-resources sharing culture among the scientific communities -paving  the way for adoption of this policy by the public at large-, as well as hands-on experienced Grid  administrators that will spread their accumulated know-how among their countries’ National Grid  Initiatives resource centers.  
Overall and in the long-term, SEE-GRID-2 aspires to contribute to the regional cooperation and  stability,   in   order   to   demonstrate   the   importance   of   collaborative   efforts   in   science   and  technology  areas like eInfrastructures, and  help  add  one  more element in the  continuing  EU  efforts to ease the SEE digital divide and aid the integration of the region with the rest of the  continent.
Project Objectives:
•    Securing Sustainable Development and Operation;
•    Upgrading the SEE Grid infrastructure; and
•    Strengthening the regional and national Human Network.

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