Open Science

With the Open Science innovation programme, SURF’s ambition is to make the entire research process more accessible, and to simplify and facilitate collaboration and participation through policy and infrastructure. As part of the programme SURF will be contributing to the Open Science Cloud.

What is the goal of the programme?

SURF’s ambition for the Open Science programme is to make the entire research process more accessible, and to simplify and facilitate collaboration and participation through policy and infrastructure. This has led to the following goals:

Making results and data freely accessible

Among other things, open science means that the results of research paid for by public funds should be able to be accessed for free from anywhere in the world. This means not only scientific publications, but other forms of scientific output as well. Research data too should in principle be able to be shared, making valuable knowledge available for use by researchers, companies and social institutions.

Ensuring a good fit

Through the activities in this innovation programme, we want to ensure that the e-infrastructure that makes open science possible is in line with the needs of users. We’re adapting services and support to match what researchers need. We’re also making sure that national open science policy is consistent with international policy. Finally, we want to improve collaboration and increase knowledge development around the support of open science.

What are we doing in this programme?

The activities we’re carrying out in this programme include managing research data, and providing federated access to e-infrastructure and open access to research results. We’re also facilitating collaboration, training and the exchange of knowledge around research data management. In addition, we’re creating a bridge to the European Open Science Cloud. By combining these activities in a single programme, we can collaborate better with institutions, researchers and research communities, research infrastructures, research funders and ICT service providers.

How will it affect education and research institutions?

Supporting work processes

SURF is supporting the work processes of researchers and national and international researcher collaboration. For example, we’re helping them make optimal use of accounting, data and network services and get support in handling research data and publications.

Bridging the gap between policy, services and service development

SURF is helping institutions bridge the gap between policy, services and service development. We’re doing this by providing ICT services in a way that makes it easy for researchers to use them and so that they fit within the policy frameworks of research funders and research institutions.

Collaboration stimulus

SURF is working with institutions to remove the technical, administrative, financial and legal obstacles encountered by researchers in using e-infrastructure and in sharing the results and data from their research.

Overview of open science projects