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 Use study data responsibly

By 2027, we will be able to exploit the opportunities of using data for and in education in a responsible and transparent way.


By 2027, Dutch education will get opportunities to use data for and in education in a transparent and responsible way. Students, lecturers, companies and supply chain partners get more confidence in the use of data and data technology by weighing them against the public values we have agreed with each other. We have also made the use of data for innovation and quality improvement even more accessible. We do this by organising an autonomous and flexible digital infrastructure for the storage, exchange and analysis of study data, and by generally using open standards. Institutions, students and lecturers also have access to and control over their data. They can share their data with people, organisations and applications subject to their own conditions.


The possible roadmaps for this priority include setting up an autonomous public infrastructure for privacy-sensitive data, developing the public value frameworks for education, monitoring and assessing commercially available tools, influencing (EU) legislation, collaborating internationally for knowledge sharing, encouraging open-source developments and involving teaching and learning centres, special interest groups and lecturer and student communities.