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OSG Management

This is the Open Science Grid (OSG) Management website, providing information about the management structure and activities of the OSG Consortium.

Management Overview

The OSG is managed by three key groups, with substantial overlaps in personnel between the groups:

  • The OSG Council is a group of key stakeholders and the governing body of the OSG Consortium — for more information, visit the OSG Council website

  • The OSG Executive Team manages the program of work and priorities of the OSG Project — see below

  • The OSG Area Coordinators are leads of OSG functional areas and perform detailed planning and tracking — for more information, visit the OSG Area Coordinators page

Executive Team

The OSG Executive Team manages the program of work and priorities of the OSG Project, as well as contributions from OSG Consortium members.

Current Executive Team members:

  • Frank Würthwein, University of California San Diego, OSG Executive Director
  • Miron Livny, University of Wisconsin–Madison, OSG Technical Director and PI
  • Brian Bockelman, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, OSG Technology lead
  • Burt Holzman, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Fermilab/CMS representative
  • David Swanson, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, OSG Council chair
  • Eric Lançon, Brookhaven National Laboratory, BNL/ATLAS representative
  • Jérôme Lauret, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Nuclear Physics representative
  • Mark Neubauer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, OSG Resource Manager
  • Rob Gardner, University of Chicago, OSG User and Campus Support lead
  • Tim Cartwright, University of Wisconsin–Madison, OSG Chief of Staff

Management Activities

Major activities of OSG management teams include:

  • An annual planning retreat. At this two-day meeting near the start of each fiscal year, strategies, goals, and plans for the coming year and beyond are reviewed, discussed, debated, and settled on.

  • A work-breakdown structure (WBS). Stemming from the annual planning retreat and maintained throughout the year is a standard WBS of high-level goals and objectives, including deliverables and milestones. The Area Coordinators report progress on and update the WBS documents periodically, and the OSG Executive team is responsible for the management and supervision of the WBS throughout the year.

  • OSG Council meetings. These are scheduled quarterly (two per year in person, two by conference call) and generally include reviews of all OSG areas and goals, as well as any other reports the Council requests. Council members provide long-term strategy and supervision of the OSG Project and its management team, including election of the Executive Director.

  • OSG Executive Team meetings. The team meets weekly to check in on key projects and discuss particular challenges.

  • OSG Area Coordinator meetings. Also weekly, one or two Area Coordinators present on recent accomplishments, update the group on the status of WBS goals, and discuss current or foreseeable challenges. Because every OSG functional area is represented, this is a great venue to discuss cross-area issues.

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