Jupyter Notebook: accessible and interactive data analysis for research and education

A Jupyter Notebook is an interactive web application that you can use to create documents, known as notebooks, that contain computer code, formatted text, comparisons and visualisations. The code can be executed in the environment and you can even create streaming applications and dashboards.

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Quick insight into data

Jupyter Notebooks make it easier to gain insight into, store, share, and reproduce data analyses. The application is popular within the worlds of data science, big data research, education and in all fields where you need quick insight into data. Within SURF, we use Jupyter Notebooks as a teaching aid, in particular for courses about big data and use of Apache Spark.

SURF services

Using Jupyter Notebook through SURF offers you these advantages: 

  • SURF automatically deploys a notebook environment for all registered users (researchers, students, and teachers).
  • Jupyter Notebook is a multi-user environment that allows for easy data sharing. Institutes select who gets access. 
  • Researchers and teachers have access to our technical helpdesk.

Advantages of Jupyter Notebook

  • Jupyter supports various programming languages.
  • It can be expanded with a variety of plug-ins, such as those for data visualisation, high performance computing simulations, dashboards and automatic test scoring.
  • Jupyter makes it easier to distribute research results, as notebooks are easy to share with others.
  • Jupyter Notebooks can also be used as a user interface for big data frameworks, databases and computer clusters. For example, SURF offers Apache Spark users (one of the most popular frameworks for processing big data) the option to gain access via Jupyter Notebooks.
  • Jupyter Notebook is open source.
  • The service can be accessed from any browser. You don't need to install any other software so it ties in well with the bring-your-own-device approach.


The rates for this service are on request.

ISO 27001 certification

Customers of our data and computing services must be able to rely on the fact that research data and other confidential information stored and processed by SURF are in safe hands. SURF is ISO 27001 certified. This means that we meet the high requirements of this international standard in the field of information security.