National Platform for Applied Sciences: Increasing the visibility of applied sciences together

Applied Sciences generate valuable knowledge and products for use in professional practice and education. Increasing the visibility of all this information would allow the knowledge and products to reach even more people than they do now. We are developing the National Platform for Applied Sciences to help make this possible.

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Greater reach for applied research

Universities of applied sciences perform a great deal of applied scientific research. This contributes to educational reform and innovation by corporations and civil society. The results of this type of research can take various forms. In addition to articles, applied science can produce prototypes, protocols, models and instructional materials. Not all of these results are currently easily findable or accessible to a wider audience.

Goal: a web of research information

Good visibility of research information relies upon detailed descriptions of the results and the context within which these were achieved (metadata). Moreover, it must be supported by a good technical infrastructure. The time is ripe to integrate and expand existing information about applied sciences, creating a clear, open web of information about and knowledge resulting from applied sciences. Achieving this will require adaptation of the current infrastructure to reflect the demands of (potential) users. A national platform to display and share this web of relevant information can contribute to the goal of open science, to which all universities of applied sciences have expressed their commitment.

Applied sciences in particular are extremely valuable to education and society, and must therefore be readily accessible.

Platform to share and display information about and resulting from research

Ultimately, the project will result in a platform that offers various functionalities to facilitate the submission of information about and resulting from research, display this on a central website and share it through other, existing platforms. This information could include who performed the research, names of collaborators and sources of funding. We will pay careful attention to relevant technical and legal requirements and standards and to ways in which to align with universities’ existing successful systems.

Associate professors, lecturer-researchers, research support staff, ICT and policy makers collaborate in this project to increase the visibility of applied sciences.

In dialogue with researchers: how can we facilitate knowledge exchange?

The project initially focuses on the wishes, ideas, experiences and suggestions of researchers and other end users. Researchers are the suppliers, users and ambassadors of research results, and therefore important end users in the context of this project. Together with them, both individually and in larger workshops, we will explore the answers to such questions as: Which impediments to sharing knowledge do you currently experience? Which systems do or do not work? Which functions of a ‘national platform for applied sciences’ are most important to you? Based on these answers, we will define the platform’s functionalities. Then, we will conduct a market survey  and perform pilot testing.

Researchers are the suppliers, users and ambassadors of research results, and therefore important end users in the context of this project.

Universities of applied sciences improve access to research

Twelve universities of applied sciences take part in this project, led by AUAS (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences), along with the Netherlands Association of Universities of Applied Sciences (NAUAS), Taskforce for Applied Research SIA, SURF and HKI (HBO Knowledge Infrastructure). The project is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and runs from 2019 to 2022. In 2018 NAUAS, SIA, HKI and SURF published a report about opportunities for improved visibility through communal changes in the infrastructure. This inspired the launch of the National Platform for Applied Sciences project.

Participating parties

Breda University of Applied Sciences
Haagse Hogeschool
Hanzehogeschool Groningen
Hogeschool van Amsterdam (coordinator)
Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen 
Hogeschool der Kunsten Utrecht
Hogeschool Utrecht
Van Hall Larenstein
Zuyd Hogeschool 

Vereniging Hogescholen
Regieorgaan SIA
HBO Kennisinfrastructuur (HKI)