I had a chat to one of our MICE PhD students a couple of weeks ago and I was explaining how to use EGEE data management (SRMs, LFCs, FTS, lcg utils, etc.). His comment afterwards was "I didn't know I was going to do a PhD in data management...".
The problem is that all these tools are very low level, so any user community has to build a higher level infrastructure on top of this. Obviously the LHC experiments have done this extensively, but it is frustrating that there is no simple generic data management service for smaller VOs who lack the resources of the larger VOs.
I wonder if this accounts for the popularity of SRB in other communities? It may have some limitations, but it clearly offers a higher level data storage, cataloging and metadata service which must be attractive for smaller user communities. Surely there is a potential project to try and tie all of the EGEE components into a sensible data management system?