Open Grid Forum

The Open Grid Forum is a community-driven organization that encourages active participation from the international grid and distributed computing communities in order to fulfill our mission. The structure of OGF encourages "grass roots" participation and promotes inclusiveness and technical meritocracy. It is also designed to enable focused leadership, accountability and fast decision-making throughout the various levels of the organization. Figure 1 - OGF Organizational Structure, illustrates how OGF is structured.


Board of Directors: The Board of Directors (BoD) provides guidance and oversight through their active strategic and policy leadership. Participation on the 15-seat board of directors is open to all OGF members via one of two paths - Organizational or At-Large. Members that sponsor OGF at the Platinum level are eligible for one of up-to-10 Organizational board seats. All members except Platinum members are eligible for the up-to-5 At-Large seats.

Operational Leadership: The day-to-day leadership and management of the Open Grid Forum activities is the responsibility of the President, functional Vice Presidents, Area Directors and Group Chairs.
  • The position of President is a volunteer position, nominated and appointed by the Board of Directors. The President is a full time chief executive officer representing the interests of all constituents within the organization and is responsible for general supervision, direction and control of the business and affairs of the organization. The President is also a non-voting member of the Board of Directors, except in the case of a tie vote of the Board where the President is entitled to cast a vote to break the tie.
  • The functional Vice Presidents of Enterprise, eScience, Standards, Marketing, and Regional are volunteer positions. These positions are nominated via the Nominating Committee (NOMCOM) process and approved by the board with the exception of the Vice President of Operations. The Vice President Operations is also the Executive Director of the OGF Non-Profit Corporation; this position is hired by the president, approved by the board and is a full-time paid staff position within OGF. Vice Presidents are responsible for leadership within a particular function and teaming cross-functionally to deliver on the strategic goals of the organization.
  • The Area Directors within each function are volunteer positions. These positions are nominated via the NOMCOM process and approved by the board. Area Directors are responsible for particular areas of focus within a function. In technical areas of the organization, Area Directors manage and facilitate groups, milestones and deliverables. These are usually in defined areas of expertise such as architecture, data, management, or grid technology research. In other areas such as Marketing, Area Directors work "at-large" on strategies, plans and defined projects. Both types of Area Directors are responsible for working within their areas and functions and teaming cross-functionally to deliver on the strategic goals of the organization.
  • Group Chairs manage the milestones and deliverables of a chartered group. Group chairs and group members are the bedrock of the Open Grid Forum and these active participants are key stakeholders within our community.
Function Description
eResearch The eResearch function is responsible for working with scientific, engineering and education communities to identify and align requirements; workshop best practices; and share progress.
Enterprise The Enterprise function is responsible for working with business , IT and vendor communities to identify and align requirements; workshop best practices; and share progress.
Standards The Standards function is responsible for development of architectures, specifications, roadmaps, and related activities associated with the standardization and interoperability of grid software. The Standards function includes the management of technical liaisons with other Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) and the hosting of the Technical Strategy Committee (TSC) on behalf of the organization.
Marketing The Marketing function is responsible for working across the organization to develop key messages and marketing-related content to promote the value and progress of the organization to members, press, analysts and the community at large.
Regional The Regional functions for EMEA and APAC are responsible for collaborating and communicating with OGF members who have specific interests in these regions and with regionally based OGF Affiliates.
Operations The Operations function is responsible for providing Program Management and Administrative support to key functions such as Standards, Research, Enterprise and Marketing; managing OGF event operations and back office functions such as Membership, Finance, Legal, Web and IT Infrastructure.

Key Committees

  • Advisory Committee (AC): The Advisory Council is composed of invited experts from the international grid community appointed by the President and Advisory Committee Chair and approved by the Board of Directors. The ongoing makeup of the committee is targeted to provide a balance of perspectives within the international grid community (academic/research; industry/enterprise; government; IT vendors). The Advisory Committee is responsible for providing strategic advice on critical regional, governmental, technical and policy issues associated with grid adoption WW. The Advisory Council has no formal governance role within the new organization.
  • Nominating Committee (NOMCOM): The Nominating Committee (NOMCOM) is chartered by the Board to execute nomination processes for leadership positions for the new organization each year. The NOMCOM presents a slate of candidates for leadership positions (At-Large Board Members, Vice Presidents and Area Directors) for approval by the board. Approval of leadership positions requires a supermajority of board members. The ongoing makeup of the nomination committee will be a Chair, the previous year's chair, a liaison representative appointed by the board (all non-voting) and will be composed of 10 volunteers from the community (voting members). The 10 volunteer voting members are randomly selected for service each year and cannot serve in a leadership capacity (President, Vice President, Area Director) during their year of nominating committee service.
  • Technical Strategy Committee (TSC): The Technical Strategy Committee (TSC) is responsible for developing the overall technical strategy and direction of the organization. The TSC manages the Standards Roadmap process, develops and maintains the OGF Technology Strategy and Roadmap Document, facilitates communication with the other OGF functions, and ensures that work meets the aims and objectives of key stakeholders within the community. The TSC also produces periodic "position papers" on critical issues associated with the technical direction of the organization that need timely clarification within the industry.

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