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Three new pilots awarded in DCC for applied research

Earlier this year, universities of applied sciences could submit a pilot proposal in the field of research data management (RDM) or virtual research environments (VRE). On 24 August, three pilots were awarded for the second round of pilots. The aim of the pilots is to realise integrated services for research that are in line with practice-based research.
Twee jonge onderzoekers met een oudere dame samen achter een laptop

The knowledge gained will be shared and made available in the national DCC for applied research.

Awarded pilot projects

Various criteria were drawn up for awarding the grants. For example, the pilots must be in line with SURF's service development, they must be feasible and innovative, and they must have an impact and be relevant for other universities of applied sciences. The SURF Executive Board has granted funds to three universities of applied sciences to carry out the pilots:

Metadata for AGRI, FOOD, and LIVING 
Within the domain of Agri, Food and Living Environment it is not yet possible at HAS University of Applied Sciences to unambiguously add metadata to data collected during research. In this pilot project the HAS, together with three professorships, WUR DCC and the Centre of Expertise Green core team RDM, will investigate which standards are useful and how they can be implemented.

The Hague University of Applied Sciences on the road to Open Science: from Research Drive to DANS Easy
De Haagse Hogeschool will be mapping out the procedures for publishing research data held in SURF Research Drive to DANS Easy.  By the end of this pilot, The Hague University of Applied Sciences will have sufficient expertise to offer their researchers support in archiving research data for the longer term, preparing datasets for inclusion in a data archive and making data FAIR. 

RDM for "Equal opportunities for a healthy and promising generation 
In this pilot, the Hanzehogeschool requests support in research data management and a virtual research environment for a large multi-year study of children at various schools in the province of Groningen. The aim of the research programme is to offer the youngest generation of Groningen children who grow up in relative poverty the same opportunities as children in the rest of the Netherlands. Many types of data are used in this project and are collected from various sources, including highly sensitive data (personal data, health, etc.) from external parties. 

Role of SURF

The national DCC for applied research is supported by the universities of applied sciences. SURF has a supportive role in the form of pilots and usability tests to ensure that existing ICT facilities are properly aligned with the workflow for applied research. The knowledge arising from this will be perpetuated in the national DCC for applied research. SURF also facilitates the universities of applied sciences by providing or (co-)developing training courses.

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For more information about the digital competence center for applied research go to the digital competence page.