Knowledge & Innovation

In the knowledge base you will find reports, videos and presentations of SURF and the higher education institutions. These publications are the results of innovation projects by SURF and the institutions. You will find an overview of these projects on the right-hand side below.


Knowledge Base

View SURF's most recent publications below or search for publications using the search box above.

Best practice HAS University of Applied Sciences strengthens collaboration with SURF

25 JUN 2015

For the last 3 years or so, HAS University of Applied Sciences has been strengthening its collaboration with SURF. Not surprising perhaps, given the number of ICT challenges it faces. In the past HAS University of Applied Sciences only ordered software through SURFmarket, now it also uses SURFinternet and SURFconext.


Best practice The Hague University of Applied Sciences: outsourcing a data centre with two MSPs

18 JUN 2015

On SURFnet7, institutions can purchase Multi Service Ports (MSPs), enabling multiple light paths to run via one network port simultaneously. The Hague University of Applied Sciences uses two 10 Gbit/s MSPs to guarantee a secure and continuous connection with the external data centre.


Best practice NHL University of Applied Sciences: App for students

04 JUN 2015

Students of NHL University of Applied Sciences wanted easier access to information such as their own schedules and marks. So they asked their institution to create a mobile app (for Android and iOS) for this purpose. The institution responded by developing an app which also used SURFconext.


Best practice Methane dissociation as a source of hydrogen

28 MAY 2015

Hydrogen is a potential fuel available in virtually unlimited amounts. Prof. Dr. Geert-Jan Kroes, Professor of Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Leiden, is investigating a crucial part of the production process: dissociation of methane on metallic surfaces. Kroes has been allocated 25 million core hours on Cartesius for this research.


Best practice A better understanding of earthquakes using seismic data

28 MAY 2015

KNMI is the home of the European seismology data center of ORFEUS, the Observatories and Research Facilities for European Seismology. In 2014, KNMI/ORFEUS worked with SURFsara for data replication using the B2SAFE service. This has made research data easier to manage and more accessible within European, multidisciplinary research infrastructures.


Innovation projects

View SURF's most recent innovation projects below or search for project using the search box above.

Testbed for innovative ICT applications

Institutions aim to offer personalised, flexible education that meets the individual needs of students. In its project titled 'Testbed for innovative ICT applications', SURFnet is examining the potential benefits of new ICT technologies and applications in education.

Developing multipoint connectivity services via ELANs

SURFnet is investigating the possibilities of an ELAN (Ethernet Local Area Network) within the SURFnet network. An ELAN is a virtual private LAN. ELANs are useful for connecting several locations. In the fall of 2015, an ELAN will become available for several pilot projects.

Learning analytics

Learning analytics is the collection, analysis and reporting of data about students and their environment, for the purposes of understanding and improving education and the environment in which it occurs. This field would seem to hold opportunities for improvements to education.


SURFnet is an active participant in the European GÉANT research network. The GN4 development project aims to ensure high-quality network services and user facilities as part of GÉANT. SURFnet is helping to manage the mobile and cloud aspects of the project.

‘Exchange between test systems' incentive scheme

The objective of the ‘Exchange between test systems' incentive scheme is to: gain insight into how test items and data might be exchanged between different test systems, and come up with technical solutions. This would simplify and clarify the use of collective digital test content and the exchange of test data.