This paper describes and summarizes the current state of the development for making the Virtual Control Laboratory (VCLab) a GRID application within the ELeGI project. It introduces shortly into GRID techniques and shows how this GRIDifying process is performed to offer virtual scientific experiments (VSE) on the GRID. The architecture and some technical details of the prototype implementation are presented. The next steps in the development are outlined concerning the collaboration aspects of conducting VSEs. The authoring of VSEs is sketched by some proposals of authoring tools. A vision into the future emphasizes the VCLab as a component in a learning environment with a new learning paradigm.
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Institute of Automation and Computer Control, Ruhr-Universität Bochum