ICT policy and strategy

Institutions need effective information systems in order to optimally support their target groups. This can be achieved through the use of software architecture and application of a joint i-strategy. The exchange of information can be facilitated through the application of standards. SURF supports open access to education and research results.

Architecture and i-strategy

Institutions need effective information systems in order to optimally support their target groups. This can be achieved through the use of software architecture. ICT affects primary education and research processes. SURF is currently supervising efforts to develop a joint information strategy. This i-strategy describes how institutions can work together to design optimal information services. In doing so, they make optimal use of the latest developments in cloud computing

The importance of IT governance and standards

The organisational structures and ICT systems at universities of applied sciences and research universities are becoming increasingly complex. Managing them both effectively requires IT governance. Education institutions cannot function properly without the optimal exchange of information. Standards are the ideal tool for ensuring such effective information exchanges. 

SURF and open

SURF strives to improve the quality of education and research through the application of ICT. This involves removing any barriers in the area of functional capacity, accessibility and collaboration. To this end, SURF supports ‘open’: open access to research results, learning materials, standards and open source. 

Alliances

SURF participates in and/or supports various alliances. At a national level, SURF takes part in the following alliances in the area of ICT policy and strategy: 

  • 3TU: cooperation between SURF and three universities of technology in the area of architecture and standards
  • SCIPR: the national consultation group for information security specialists in the higher education sector
  • COMIT: the exchange of information by and for IT managers at higher professional education institutions
  • KAAIWO: informal consultative body for research university staff charged with administrative information provision services.
  • CvDUR: the network of directors of Dutch university computing centres.