Report Research support in the Netherlands - VUmc(Publicatie)

SURF presents a series on how institutions organise their research support . This third episode focuses on VUmc. VUmc wants to provide researchers with as much support as possible by means of standard procedures and services without these limiting researchers’ freedom.

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30 MAY 2017

Research support at VUmc

VUmc wants to provide researchers with as much support as possible by means of standard procedures and services without these limiting researchers’ freedom. VUmc is working to consolidate all of points of contact into a single virtual help desk. VUmc organises meetings for researchers, sets up a website for research, answers questions, and refer researchers to the right support groups. Besides, AMC and VUmc are collaborating on the development of a joint research infrastructure, because researchers from VUmc, AMC, VU and UvA will work together on projects within research institutions.

Computing capacity and data storage for VUmc researchers

There is a VUmc Research Cloud available for researchers. They can use virtual machines that they manage themselves. If researchers need more computing capacity, there is also computer cluster with 512 cores available at the VUmc. Researchers can also make use of computing capacity of SURFsara. A researcher can use the VUmc Research Cloud to connect and use the computing capacity of SURFsara by providing SURFsara with access to the data in the virtual organisation via a lightpath. This enables the computing capacity to be scaled up if there is not sufficient capacity within VUmc (see also case Cloudbursting at VUmc).

The researcher can use the Store4Ever storage facility to store their data. This storage is relatively cost-effective and easily scalable. Users are charged an annual fee based on their use of the service.

Support4research

SURF presents a series on how institutions organise their research support. This third episode focuses on VUmc. This series is based on SURF's Support4research innovation project. This project aims to ensure that the services provided by SURF to researchers better meet the needs of the institutions and researchers. This SURF report shows how institutions organise their research support and which in-house and third-party services they offer in this respect.

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