Affiliations & Representation

GÉANT Association

GÉANT is the leading collaboration on e-infrastructure and services for research and education.  GÉANT means community collaboration and is built on networks, services, people and innovation.  GEANT develops, delivers and promotes advanced networks and associated e-infrastructure services. It also supports open innovation, collaboration and knowledge-sharing amongst its members, partners and the wider research and education networking community.

GÉANT is a membership organisation acting with and for its members to further research and education networking in Europe and globally.
National research and education network organisations – or NRENs – are specialised internet service providers dedicated to supporting the needs of the research and education communities within their own country.   Many GÉANT projects are open to staff from NRENs, universities, research institutes and industry.

2014 Compendium



The main objective of e-Infrastructure Reflection Group is to support the creation of a political, technological and administrative framework for an easy and cost-effective shared use of distributed electronic resources across Europe. Particular attention is directed towards grid computing, storage, and networking.

The e-Infrastructure Reflection Group was founded to define and recommend best practices for the pan-European electronic infrastructure efforts. It consists of official government delegates from all the EU countries. The e-IRG produces white papers, roadmaps and recommendations, and analyses the future foundations of the European Knowledge Society.



The IBEC Telecommunications and Internet Federation (TIF) is the representative body for leading industry and associated interest groups in the field of electronic communications. TIF represents companies involved in fixed, mobile, wireless, fixed wireless, satellite and cable based service provisions, outsourcing and internet service provision.



INEX, The Internet Neutral Exchange is a neutral, industry-owned Association, founded in 1996, that provides IP peering facilities for its members. INEX membership is open to all organisations that can benefit from peering their IP traffic. INEX provide high-speed, reliable and resilient IP traffic exchange facilities for Irish and International organisations, allowing them to route IP traffic efficiently thereby providing faster, more cost effective, more reliable and lower-latency internet access for their customers.

HEAnet is a founder member of INEX and has been connected to the neutral exchange point in Dublin since it began operating in 1997.



Internet2 is an exceptional community of U.S. and international leaders in research, academia, industry and government who create and collaborate via innovative technologies. Together, they accelerate research discovery, advance national and global education, and improve the delivery of public services. Their community touches nearly every major innovation that defines modern digital lives—and continues to define “what’s next.”



JISC is the UK’s higher education, further education and skills sectors’ not-for-profit organisation for digital services and solutions. It Operates shared digital infrastructure and services, negotiates sector-wide deals with IT vendors and commercial publishers and provides trusted advice and practical assistance for UK universities, colleges and learning providers. JISC is also involved in research and development work, identifying emerging technologies and developing them around particular client needs.

LIR Group


LIR HEAnet User Group for Libraries aims to explore and develop awareness of electronic information resources and to promote the use of the HEAnet network in exploiting these resources. Established in 1993, LIR Provides a forum for discussion on the use of electronic resources and networks by HEI libraries – Assists in development and training for their effective use – Encourages communication and co-operation between member libraries in accessing electronic resources.



The RIPE NCC is one of five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) providing Internet resource allocations, registration services and coordination activities that support the operation of the Internet globally.  RIPE NCC performs activities primarily for the benefit of the membership in Europe and the surrounding areas; mainly activities that its members need to organise as a group, even though they may compete in other areas.