What are the priorities of the sectors?

In the period January to May, SURF members set their priorities for 2021-2022 sector by sector. These form the basis for the SURF 2Year Plan that we will be drawing up. Many of the priorities match nicely with the MYA 2019-2022 and the projects already underway based on this.

Brief summary of the priorities by sector

The universities identified 4 main categories: general, education, research and innovation. The priorities include security, support for flexibility in education, a Virtual Research Environment, further development of current RDM projects and promising techniques such as Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and the Internet of Things (IoT).

The senior secondary vocational education (mbo) sector's thinking and actions are based on the digitalisation agenda for senior secondary vocational education, which includes 8 themes. Lifelong development is an important common thread. The senior secondary vocational education sector would like to link up with SURF's services and contribute to its further development. There is a specific need for a timely review of the tendering schedule and to be able to participate at a later stage in (or after) calls for tenders.

The universities of applied sciences identified 4 main priorities. The first is lifelong development through more flexibility in education. Data control is another. There is also a need for more regulation to the market to prevent monopolies. In terms of RDM, The universities of applied sciences would like to use light versions of academic university education developments, and this should be reflected in the price.

Research & Other presented 3 main priorities. Professional data services: a clear range of user-friendly and professional data services that meet all requirements. Accessible computing power: high-performance professional computing and custom computing services. The facilitation of collaboration within research.

The central challenge of the university medical centres is to collaborate federally in the area of secure data sharing and utilization. To achieve this, they request a number of things from SURF:

  1. scalable proven technology, such as tape archives
  2. a digital research environment for data stewardship (DRE/VRE)
  3. research data management (in collaboration with healthRI)
  4. distributed learning and/or federated access to data
  5. data security (drafting DPIAs, SOC and so on)
  6. identity management (SRAM)
  7. connecting help desks for communities and
  8. the optimal design of the data lifecycle and the breaking down of data silos in the areas of research, care and education.

Discussion in the Members' Council

The priorities are sent 'uncut’ to the SURF Members' Council, where they are on the agenda for 17 June, for information. The next step is to draw up a draft 2-Year Plan to be discussed at the next Members' Council meeting on 7 October.