Users shape their infrastructure
Sustainability of the German research and education network is based on the governance model where the users of science and research directly influence the design and development of the network and its services. Thus, a feedback mechanism is implemented which aims at constantly increasing satisfaction of the users with the research and education network. As the responsible body of the German research and education network, the structure of DFN-Verein helps to implement this feedback mechanism. As members of DFN-Verein, users can influence its operations. Representatives of the users send external experts to the panels of the executive board, and thus advise the executive board in strategic questions. This model of direct influence of the users has proven itself for more than 20 years and serves thus as a guarantor of sustainable development of DFN.