It was with much anticipation of the upcoming week at the ISGC 2012 that I landed this morning in Taipei, the national capital of Taiwan. Despite the cold, misty and wet conditions, the drive into the downtown districts revealed glimpses of the city's vibrancy and ongoing growth, a great setting for a conference which aims to bring together researchers and collaboration partners from across the Asia Pacific region.
Having recently joined the grid community it is events like ISGC and the associated concentration of experts willing to share their knowledge and experience that is so vital to learning the skills needed to effectively contribute to its maintenance and development.
The co-located workshops at the ISGC that I will be attending this week include the iRODS, Cloud Interoperability and Federated Identity Management workshops. Hopefully the social events and session breaks will give me plenty of opportunities to put faces to people I've only communicated with by email and to meet many new experts.