The Node Operator usually works in the background, operating the computer and other equipment that enables the conference and is likely to be needed at formal Access Grid events where the technical support issues are greater. Formal events (e.g. presentations to large numbers of other sites with larger audiences) are often more complex and require the technical skills of a Node Operator. Some of these technical skills include the:
Meeting Organisers and Facilitators may need to know who is acting in this role, so they can discuss any relevant technical issues that may arise. The best time to do this may be during a pre-meeting test.