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GLOBAL - Global Linkage Over BroadbAnd Links will provide a virtual conference centre using advanced communication technologies and concepts to support the promotion of e-Infrastructure topics in Europe and around the world.

One main goal of GLOBAL will be to allow and help research projects to disseminate their results and training events to a wider audience located in multiple geographical locations through the organization of virtual conferences. GLOBAL will provide a user-centric interface for planning, creation, announcement, coordination, content management and realisation of virtual conferences with open and wide participation. Through these virtual conferences the participating users will be able to exchange information on e-Infrastructure development in their region, identify partners for future collaboration and exchange and discuss synergies between their running initiatives.

The virtual conference events will provide advanced video conferencing and collaboration tools and support to the participants. Each event will be recorded and stored on a repository together with documents and outcomes for future consultation. The virtual conference centre will provide three main functions focused on usability: a virtual auditorium, for planning, coordination and management of the virtual events, an event repository, to store the recordings and outcomes of the events, and a virtual corridor, which will support networking and partnership building amongst the participants.

GLOBAL's output will promote the connection of European institutions with institutions in remote regions, encourage participation in and coordination between e-Infrastructure projects, provide a broad coverage of the important stakeholders in the field and contribute to the international cooperation within the domain of e-Infrastructures strengthening Europe’s position.

Funding Source:



  • ZSI (Austria)
  • UPM (Spain)
  • Agora Systems (Spain)
  • CLARA (Uruguay)
  • UCL (UK)
  • JSI (Slovenia)
  • Ubuntunet (Malawi)


P.T. Kirstein


May 2008 - October 2010


Total 879,954€
EC 879,954€
UCL 154,347€


See the main GLOBAL website for further details.