Road map Fifth Release Road map Fifth Release

The fifth release of the IDGF Roadmap has been published in January 2015. It is available in two parts:  The management part describes the whole context of Crowd Computing; it tells you if Crowd computing is something for your organisation.  The technical part then  focuses on how to install a Crowd computing infrastructure, or how to make use of existing Crowd computing infrastructures.

The Management part is targeted at everyone who would like to understand the benefits of Crowd computing. This version showcases examples of successful Crowd computing projects from different countries and presents a survey that revealed the willingness of citizens to donate unused computer power in order to advance scientific research. Reading the further chapters, it will be clear how Crowd computing relates to other e-Infrastructures in Europe and worldwide, and how the International Desktop Grid Federation (IDGF) is built up as an organisation. The reader will understand through best practices and interesting case studies the ways Crowd computing can give a helping hand, not only to science but also to industry. Green IT aspects of the technology are covered in this version as well, leaving no doubt about the energy efficiency of Crowd computing.

The first section of the Technical part aims to be a comprehensive manual that guides you through the steps of setting up a Crowd computing infrastructure in universities / research institutes and how a citizen at home is able to take part in Crowd computing. Crowd computing infrastructure operators, scientific users, the academic community, legal experts, and volunteer computing organisations can all benefit from reading.

Other sections provide details on the technical background that facilitates the smooth and secure operation and also show how Crowd computing can be integrated with other infrastructures. Further chapters show examples of disseminating the Crowd computing initiatives and introduce specific communication channels. Security challenges and their solutions are also exposed in the document. The last section raises the question of how this technology can be more eco-friendly and become a green IT approach.

Download the Road Map

    Crowd Computing for eScience, - A Road map - Management part. Produced by IDGF-SP. Edition January 2015, ( (online version, 2 Mbyte)
    Crowd Computing for eScience, - A Road map - Management part. Produced by IDGF-SP. Edition January 2015, (print version, 42 Mbyte)
    Crowd Computing for eScience, - A Road map - Technical part. Produced by IDGF-SP. Edition January 2015, (1.5 Mbyte)