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  • Case: High-speed link with digital test environment via light path

    Case: High-speed link with digital test environment via light path download

    Knowledge base - More and more educational institutions are using cloud services. The Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen has moved part of its digital test environment to the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. The connection uses SURFlichtpaden (optical light paths). Henk Weisbeek, operations coordinator for the University's IT office, explains.

  • Case: IMARES: acoustic data on herring stocks download

    Knowledge base - IMARES is the Dutch institute for applied marine ecological research. It acquires knowledge and gives advice on sustainable management and use of marine and coastal areas. IMARES is mapping fish stocks in the North Sea using acoustic signals. The data is stored with the help of SURFsara's Data Archive service.

  • Case: Machine learning with Apache Spark download

    Knowledge base - Research datasets grow rapidly in size and complexity. This makes it difficult to process or edit them using standard applications and systems. Open source applications such as Hadoop and Apache Spark offer an interesting alternative for data-intensive research. SURFsara has developed a workshop to make this technology accessible.

  • SURF present at high level meeting Telecom download

    Knowledge base - As part of the Netherlands EU Presidency 2016 a high level meeting Telecom was organised on the 20th of April 2016 at the Marineterrein Amsterdam. During this meeting SURF was invited to showcase several technology demonstrations for the Directors-General from the EU member states and the European Commission.

  • You can manage groups better with a group management application download

    Knowledge base - Increasingly, people are working together in groups. For this reason, it is becoming more important to be able to manage groups simply within an institution. How do you do this, what types of groups are there, actually, and how do you keep it manageable within SURFconext? The ‘Group management’ infographic answers these questions.

  • Fine-Tune For A Fortune: Transfer Learning Using DIGITS and GPUs download

    Knowledge base - This poster about using computer graphics technology for machine learning was submitted for the GPU Technology Conference by Valeriu Codreanu, consultant cluster computing at SURFsara. The poster was selected as one of the five top posters. The GPU Technology Conference took place from April 4-7 2016 in Silicon Valley.

  • Assessment Security Selection Model download

    Knowledge base - With more and more digital assessment options coming at hand, many examination committees are wrestling with the question which tools provide the best security in a particular situation. When should you opt for 'bring your own device’ or online proctoring? To answer these questions SURFnet has developed the Assessment Security Selection Model.

  • Thematic issue: Innovations in digital assessment, assessment as an integral part of the learning process download

    Knowledge base - This thematic issue reports on the future of assessment methods. Six experts discuss the changes in educational assessment using digital technology. Examples are also given based on current SURF projects and good practices.

  • Report Research Support in the Netherlands: Current situation download

    Knowledge base - SURF asked 4 institutions to answer the following questions: What is your vision for research support? What e-infrastructure and associated services are available to researchers? How is research support organised? What are your plans for the (immediate) future?

  • White paper Online proctoring. Questions and answers about remote proctoring. download

    Knowledge base - Online proctoring (or invigilation) offers opportunities for international and flexible education. However, there is limited experience with it in the Netherlands. Exam boards and other interested parties have questions about issues such as privacy and protection against fraud. This white paper answers these and other questions around this topic.

  • Infographic: SURFconext utilisation 2015 (Publication) download

    Knowledge base - 2015 was another good year for SURFconext. There are more affiliated institutions and the service is being used more intensively. The number of unique users has increased by 31% over the last year, and the number of logins by 43%. See all the facts in this infographic.

  • Best practice University of Amsterdam: SURFdrive is a valuable addition to other cloud storage services download

    Knowledge base - The University of Amsterdam is a keen user of the secure cloud storage service SURFdrive. What does this service mean for the University of Amsterdam? And what is the cause for the rapid growth in the number of users?

  • Whitepaper How data can improve the quality of higher education download

    Knowledge base - The Dutch higher education sector is increasingly recognising the potential for the vast volumes of data that it has at its disposal. What opportunities does learning analytics offer? And what challenges are the early adopters facing? This whitepaper describes how data can improve the quality of higher education.

  • Exploratory study: upscaling open and online education. Current regulations and considerations for the future download

    Knowledge base - Institutions are not always fully aware of the legislative framework which governs the provision of open and online education. This is why SURFnet has produced this exploratory study in partnership with Delft University of Technology. This summary contains the relevant legislation and practical examples and points to consider for the future.

  • Animated video on network function virtualisation (NFV) in a programmable network download

    Knowledge base - SURFnet is investigating the possibilities for network function virtualisation (NFV) in a programmable network – and showing that NFV is already a workable technology. During a demonstration, participants could edit a video image directly using editing features offered as a service by providers in various countries. Watch the animated video.