Imagine a tool that combines most of your research data management systems so you can access them from a single portal. Think of what a Virtual Research Environment (VRE) would look like that lifts the frustration of copying the same set of data around for curation, compute, archiving and sharing and having to log into different systems?
The research IT community struggles to define exactly what a Virtual Research Environment should be about. But RDM Support at Utrecht University is going to build one anyway. It's not that we know better, nor that we are ahead of the rest. We just feel there's a need for a synergetic environment that brings our datamanagement platform, application and compute platforms together. Surely RDM Support is not building this service based on a feeling and we are definitely not going to do it by ourselves. A recent SURF initiative looks like a very promising foundation to build upon.
SURF Research Cloud provides a National Self Service Hub, a platform and a portal, for a broad range of services which enables the collaborative working across institutes in a federatedand secure manner to accelerate research. So why not learn how to build that system, just by doing it, guided by your feedback?