SURF joins iRODS consortium

Management solution for research data

27 MAR 2018

SURF has joined the iRODS Consortium and plans to use iRODS to support Dutch scientists and their research data management needs. The consortium leads efforts to develop, support, and sustain the integrated Rule-Oriented Data System (iRODS) as an open source data management platform.

Innovative and comprehensive tools 

As a cooperative of research and educational institutions that supports researchers throughout the Netherlands with large-scale compute and storage facilities, SURF needs innovative and comprehensive data management tools. Those needs include access to distributed storage facilities, tools to support effective and efficient data management, and data provenance that complies with national and international regulatory requirements. 

Expertise center

To support our clients’ needs, we began using iRODS about 5 years ago in the EUDAT project. Now, we are creating a national Research Data Management (RDM) expertise center that will incorporate iRODS into nationwide services for researchers. The center, with help from the iRODS Consortium, plans to build knowledge on the use of iRODS among members of the SURF cooperative.

Find and share data 

According to Mark Cole, product manager for RDM services at SURF, the new RDM will use iRODS as the backbone of its data management infrastructure. iRODS will make it possible for researchers to find and share data across multiple sites without the cost, time, compatibility issues, or security risks that come with transferring large datasets. iRODS will also enable data provenance, a historical record of the data and its origins, that implements privacy by design.

Entire research cycle 

“We view iRODS as an RDM tool that has the potential to support researchers throughout the entire research cycle,” said Saskia van Eeuwijk, project manager at SURF. “The iRODS technology is for that reason positioned by us in the center of RDM solutions for researchers. We are very enthusiastic on iRODS as a platform and we want to contribute to the further development of this platform for the coming years.”

Future development of iRODS 

As consortium member, SURF will play a role in guiding the future development of iRODS, growing the user and developer community, and facilitating iRODS support, education, and collaboration opportunities. 

More information

For more on iRODS and the iRODS Consortium, visit the iRODS website.

Latest modifications 09 Apr 2018