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European Grid Initiative elects new chair

Just over the email transom this week, news that the European Grid Initiative Council has elected its first chair on 24 September 2009, during the EGEE’09 conference in Barcelona, Spain.

Per Öster, representative of the Finnish National Grid Initiative (NGI), was chosen by the European Grid Initiative (EGI) Council members to lead the project’s governing body.

…The EGI Council, which is made up of NGIs as well as other members such as European institutions represented in the EIROforum will govern the direction of the EGI collaboration on a long term basis, and is therefore one of the key bodies in the EGI.

Per Öster has been working since 2007 as Director of Application Services at CSC, the Finnish IT Center for Science. He has been also actively involved in the EGI Design Study (EGI_DS), in which he has been responsible for the EGI promotion and links with other initiatives. In his statement to the Council members, Öster emphasised the importance of creating a working atmosphere based on trust and transparency, and setting up good working principles, in order that the Council can carry out its mission efficiently, and meet the future challenges.

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