Innovation zones: using IT innovation to improve the quality of education and research

In the coming years, the SURF organisation will work with its members to improve the quality of education and research with the aid of IT innovation. We will do this in nine innovation zones. On this page you can read which ones they are and what the current state of affairs or ambition is.

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Innovation zone Strengthen open science

Responsible handling of research information and control over the sharing, finding and evaluation of publicly funded research, that is what this innovation zone is aiming for in 2027.


The research community can responsibly shape the use of research information and is in charge of sharing, finding and evaluating publicly funded research (digital sovereignty). SURF members are collaborating on conditions that are respected by the market. We are strengthening the innovative power in open access. Libraries, financiers and research groups are working together in a SURF context to realise innovations in the process of open access publishing, such as alternative publication platforms. This priority concerns data about research, not data from research.


The possible roadmaps for this priority are establishing the sectoral conditions when working with commercial parties, coordinating the preconditions and setting up an Open Knowledge Base (OKB), working together in NPOS and EOSC contexts, encouraging open research through NPPO in higher professional education and directing own innovations in open science separately from the commercial parties.