EC campaigns for IT businesses to share resources

The European Commission is launching a PR campaign to persuade businesses to share technology.

The EC has set up a body, called Gridstart and based at Edinburgh University, to handle the campaign with assistance from MacLaurin, which was appointed this week.

The campaign, which has a £28,000 budget, will target company heads in the pharmaceutical, aeronautical and engineering industries.

The aim is to persuade firms to share software and data-base technology and create an EU-wide ‘grid- community’.

So far, Gridstart has given financial backing to ten projects, including the Astrophysical Virtual University and Crossgrid, which develops simulation programs.

‘Exploring the grid community will allow companies to tap into more resources than they could otherwise afford on their own,’ said MacLaurin

director James Hill, who reports to Gridstart director Mark Parsons.

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