An increasing number of users at education and research institutions are collaborating online via their own personal devices and cloud services. SURFnet facilitates online collaboration through the SURFconext collaboration infrastructure.
A growing number of users at education and research institutions are collaborating through online applications and services. These students, lecturers and researchers actively transcend the boundaries of their own institution. The research community has become open and transparent rather than insular and hierarchical. A growing number of researchers now collaborate in national and international multidisciplinary research programmes.
In some cases, the resulting online collaborations are not embedded in the parent institutions’ formal structures. Collaborative organisations often transcend institutional and national boundaries. Researchers are especially likely to establish short-lived groups with changing members.
Working with cloud services and personal devices
We are now seeing a trend towards online collaborations that are no longer limited to the institutions’ own ICT facilities. An increasing number of researchers are opting to use cloud-based online services. Moreover, a growing number of students, lecturers and researchers are collaborating online through their own (mobile) devices. As a result, users are gaining greater freedom of choice.
In response to these developments, SURFnet now offers SURFconext. This collaborative infrastructure offers users federative access to a broad range of (cloud) services. This collaborative infrastructure has been developed by SURFnet over the past few years, and is now available as a SURF service.