As the UK national e-infrastructure the NGS connects resources from different resource providers within UK HEIs, making them available for user communities which rely on their underlying functionality to produce world leading research outputs.
This section of the website describes why a research institution would want to join the NGS, the procedure for joining the NGS, from nomination of a site Campus Champion to adding resources as either an affiliate or partner and what happens once it has joined, including connecting to new user communities.
Membership to the NGS is free and its members are usually UK Higher Education Institutes or research establishments. When they wish to join the NGS they can do so by nominating a Campus Champion, a local e-Infrastructure expert user who acts as a conduit for information between the NGS and local users and receives technical and non-technical expertise from the NGS. Establishments wishing to join resources can do so as an affiliate, which means that they deploy a minimum set of interfaces and middleware to their own resources and allow these resources to be used by their own users. Or they can join as a full Partner and allow users from outside of their institution to use their resources.
The benefits of joining for all is access to a set of common standards-based interfaces that their users can access resources through, which will also allow smooth access to resources elsewhere, enabling collaborations nationally and internationally. They also get a suite of services such as monitoring, accounting and outreach which allows them to effectively manage their resources and publicise their work.
The Process of Joining the NGS
- Contact is established between the prospective site and the NGS. This may be through direct communication, or through completion of the site application form.
- The NGS Outreach officer will organise a Roadshow event to give an introduction to the NGS and the services that we offer.
- The site nominates a Campus Champion who will act as a bridge between the user communities, the host institution and the NGS.
- The site makes a decision of which type of resource member they wish to become, either Partner or Affiliate. This will include the installation of a community specific or general software profile onto their resources. These installation profiles are listed within the NGS Site Level Services document.
- Gather site specific information, and add this to the Grid Operations Centre Database (GOCDB) and the NGS webpage.