Collaborate on data, data, data

Data is the keyword of the 2-Year Plan session on 20 May; data and collaboration within the SURF cooperative.

On Wednesday 20 May the second online exchange session took place as part of the SURF 2-Year Plan for 2021-2022. The objective of the exchange sessions is the sharing of insights, information and ideas across the various sectors that provide input to the SURF 2-Year Plan (2YP). On this occasion, the Scientific Technical Council report (30.10.2019) 'Cooperation on service infrastructure and competences for data' was also discussed. Various representatives from the senior secondary vocational education institutions, university of applied sciences, research universities and research and others attend this online discussion session. The university medical centres have been very preoccupied with the coronavirus pandemic, but are working to deliver their priorities on time.

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The deadline for delivering the priorities for the SURF 2-Year Plan for 2021-2022 was set on 1 June, so the sectors have already done a lot of work. We begin with a brief introduction by Anja Oskamp, in her role as chairman of the Scientific Technical Council would like to discusses the Science Technical Council report. The report was published at the start of 2020, before the coronavirus pandemic. The world has changed considerably since then. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, we quickly switched to digital alternatives in many areas. However, that does not mean that the core of the Scientific Technical Council report is outdated. On the contrary, some things are more relevant than ever. Again, it is about data, data and data.

We are experiencing a shift from a technical infrastructure to a data infrastructure. SURF is experiencing a new role in this respect, having proven itself in terms of competencies for working with all kinds of complex organisations. Where do I store my data? How do I gain an insight into the algorithms used? In order to gain clarity across fragmented data systems, a vision on the data structure is required. This must also be reflected in the SURF 2-Year Plan. The Scientific Technical Council emphasises that it would like SURF to draw up an overarching plan. This is supported by all the sectors. The university of applied sciences sector mentions that data is the fuel of the 21st century. And when those present talk about SURF, they refer to themselves united within SURF. With the members and by the members. SURF is referred to as more than just a place where invitations to tender are issued. Not only does SURF have a lot of contacts and knowledge of educational institutions, SURF also has a lot of in-house expertise. This is not always explicitly clear, but it is there.

Priorities round table discussion

The sectors explain their priorities in a priorities round table discussion. These are often clustered around themes such as lifelong learning, flexibility in education, research and innovation. The sectors are also explicitly looking at how they can connect and collaborate with other sectors. For example, universities of applied sciences are interested in a light version of research-related solutions from research universities. Senior secondary vocational education institutions wants to participate more in tenders, or wants to be able to connect later. There is a shared ambition to gain more control, for example, control of suppliers. There are also questions. Senior secondary vocational education institutions asked whether the other sectors paid any attention to learning resources and professional development? Universities of applied sciences say that this is certainly the case, and higher education has the Acceleration Plan for ICT-based Educational Innovation. Many issues based on 8 topics are tackled.

From priorities to 2-year plan

We also consider the process of moving from all the data supplied to a 2-year plan. "Make transparent" is the call. And also make the playing field clear. And very important, make choices! A part or four themes, "with one-liners that a 5th-grader can understand".

The brand new SURF board chairman Jet de Ranitz concludes with this. She endorses the importance of a number of so-called signature projects and also indicates that a lot has of course already been appointed in the Strategic Plan 2019-2022. We are therefore building on that. She explains that what we now want is to make transparent where the dilemmas lie. Where is the overlap and where are the differences? And to have the discussion together with the members, in these kinds of bodies and, of course, in the Members' Council. We must make the decision on how we are going to do it together. Together, together, together.