SURF Magazine

SURF Magazine keeps you informed of trends and developments in IT in education and research, and of the impact of the SURF cooperative. Every month we send out the most recently published articles in the SURF Magazine newsletter.

"It's about whether you are willing to act on public values"

SURF is joining PublicSpaces, a coalition of public organisations from the cultural and media sectors that is committed to protecting public values in the digital age. Geert-Jan Bogaerts of PublicSpaces and Jet de Ranitz of SURF explain why the alliance makes sense.  

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Platform Cooperatives as an alternative to Commercial Platforms

Cooperative or mission-driven platforms are distinctive because they make a substantial contribution to society. They offer institutions opportunities to increase student loyalty, according to platform expert Jovana Karanovic. But a proactive approach is crucial in order to set the direction.

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Jovana Karanovich
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Breaking down barriers to data sharing

Data sovereignty - retaining control and authority over your data - is essential for education and research institutions. The uncertainty that comes with this makes institutions reluctant to share data. Data exchange, an environment where data can be shared under appropriate and controllable conditions, should make these concerns disappear.

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4 questions about the new Supercomputer

The new supercomputer Snellius has been officially inaugurated by Queen Máxima. With Snellius, Dutch researchers will be able to face even more scientific challenges. During the opening on September 16, Marcel Levi (NWO), climate scientist Henk Dijkstra and outgoing Minister Van Engelshoven spoke, among others.

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Dilemmas when protecting Public Values with Digitization

Board members of educational institutions face dilemmas when protecting public values with digitization. They can talk about this in other public sectors. SURF is organising a series of seminars on protecting public values. We look back on the third series of seminars with board member Mirjam Koster.

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The road to a National Plan for Open Educational Resources

The 'Koersteam' of the Acceleration Plan for Educational Innovation with ICT, consisting of 17 board members of universities of applied sciences and universities of applied sciences, wants to create a cross-institutional ecosystem for digital learning resources in the higher education sector.

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Review of the seminar series public values - column philosopher Marjan Slob

During SURF's seminar series for board members about public values, philosopher Marjan Slob was present to provide the sessions with the necessary reflection. She wrote the following column on the theme of the series.

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Europe should not let the digital revolution happen, but shape it itself

With a series of seven online seminars for administrators in education and research, SURF is initiating the discussion about how we as a sector can join forces to protect public values in ICT. We look back at the seminar series with some of the administrators present in three SURF Magazine articles.

With board member Rob Mudde, Vice Rector Magnificus of Delft University of Technology, we look back on part 2 of the seminar series. 

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Board level attention enhances cybersecurity

On 18 March, 65 education, research and care institutions and SURF took part in the third - and this time largely online - edition of the large-scale cyber crisis exercise OZON. Recommendations were formulated specifically for board members of institutions to take the approach to a cyber crisis within their institution to the next level.

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Quantumtechnology on the rise

You hear more and more about quantum. What will it bring us in the future? How do you stay connected as an institution to this new and fast-growing technology, or do you not have to? The National Growth Fund recently allocated 615 million euros to the Quantum Delta NL programme. In the coming years, this programme will focus on the further development of the entire Dutch quantum sector. In this article, Axel Berg, innovation manager Lab at SURF, and Jesse Robbers, director of Quantum Delta NL, talk about the rise of quantum technology and what it means for education and research.

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How do they do it in Sweden?

Sunet is the SURF of Sweden. Like its Dutch counterpart, the Scandinavian organisation offers both a national network and a range of services. Some of these services are quite ambitious. Can we learn something from the Swedes?

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Research Support Champions

Research support champions in the spotlight

With the Research Support Champions, SURF puts research support in the spotlight; it is of great importance for the continuity of academic and applied research. Meet the 3 winners of 2021.

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Research support continues to be necessary for scientific research

SURF is putting research support in the spotlight; it is of great importance for the continuity of academic and applied research. The department is an important advisor and supporter, enabling researchers to do what they do best: new groundbreaking research.

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Research support blijvend noodzakelijk voor wetenschappelijk onderzoek
Yvonne de Haan

Talking about public values

The corona crisis is increasing the role of digitisation in education and with it our dependence on dominant market parties. SURF is organising a series of talks on protecting public values. With HAN board member Yvonne de Haan, we look back on the first three sessions.

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5x impact in 2020

5x impact in 2020

The efforts of SURF and our members in 2020 led to a large number of results and innovations. Sometimes very visible and concrete, sometimes more behind the scenes. All the results contributed to our common goal: top education and top research. Some of these results are reviewed here. This is by no means complete, as much more happened. This article gives a nice impression of our impact in 2020.

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Ger Reijnders

Always looking for the place of effort

Ger Reijnders recently stopped as Director of KIEN, an ICT cooperative in the Drechtsteden region and Alblasserwaard. KIEN is an organisation that is similar to SURF and SIVON, but at the regional level. What was the need, in his view, for (co-)founding KIEN? And what does he see as the strength and added value of a cooperative?

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One year of online education: time to decide what we want to keep

Last year, education institutions switched to fully online education almost within a single weekend. Directors Han van Krieken at Radboud University, Enno van der Werff at Alfa-college and Christien Bok at SURF look back on an eventful year.

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1 jaar online onderwijs
Screenshot video 'Effective Machine Learning using existing CPU infrastructure'

SURF, CERN and Intel use AI to enable complex research on existing infrastructure

Ron Augustus (chief innovation officer SURF) and Valeriu Codreanu (head of High Performance Computing and Visualization) in conversation about SURF's collaboration with CERN and Intel. They discuss the benefits of working with the market to arrive at the best AI solutions for applications relevant to SURF's members.

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Zonder veel gedoe een vak bij een andere instelling volgen

In de pilot Studentmobiliteit zet de zone Flexibilisering van het Versnellingsplan Onderwijsinnovatie met ICT met drie universiteiten, een academisch ziekenhuis en SURF de eerste stappen naar een toekomst waarin een student zich zonder veel gedoe kan inschrijven bij een vak van een andere instelling.

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Omslag van het rapport van het Cyberdreigingsbeeld

Resilient together against cyber threats: results and conclusions from the Cyber Threat Assessment 2020-2021

The Cyber Threat Assessment 2020-2021 shows what the main threats and risk factors were in 2020. Many institutions made more resources available and worked more and better together within the sector. Unfortunately, the number of threats is still increasing. This article provides an overview of the most important conclusions and points for attention.

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Corona Research: No time to lose

Researchers who needed computing facilities for research into covid-19 could apply for these last spring via an accelerated application procedure at SURF and NWO. For this article, we asked some of them about their research, how they used SURF's services and what their (preliminary) results were.

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studenten in de bibliotheek

Data competence centres connect people and technology

How do you make sure that scientists don't get lost while collecting, storing and processing research data? That is what new Data Competence Centres are designed to do. 

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Het post-coronatijdperk vraagt om een langetermijnvisie op publieke waarden

Onderwijsinstellingen zien zich geconfronteerd met een dilemma: hoe borgen ze publieke waarden bij de massale inzet van commerciële platforms voor online onderwijs? Karen Maex (UvA), José van Dijck (UU) en Christien Bok (SURF) over mogelijke oplossingen.

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figuur met data en netwerken

Nieuwe kansen dankzij artificiële intelligentie

Snel inzicht krijgen in enorme hoeveelheden data, de hoeveelheid netwerkverkeer van een instelling voorspellen, of onderwijs op maat voor elke student: SURF helpt zijn leden om het beste te halen uit artificiële intelligentie.

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