IT and Research
The University of Groningen offers outstanding IT facilities for high quality teaching and research though the Donald Smits Center for Information Technology. The University has an extremely fast and flexible internet connection (soon to be 100 GB) and there is a huge amount of computing capacity to process large amounts of data.
Research and Innovation Support (RIS)
There is a special department for IT support – Research and Innovation Support (RIS). Researchers can contact RIS for advice on how to best incorporate IT in their research. Scientists in search of computing capacity can have access to a huge Linux cluster, a Grid cluster and an IBM BlueGene supercomputer. In order to facilitate IT use in academic research, in recent years the University has invested heavily in high-quality visualization facilities.
Help can also be provided for writing the IT sections of research proposals, research data management plans or grant applications. External parties with an IT challenge can also contact the RIS.
Within the Target project, RIS facilitates data storage of a number of internationally renowed research projects in the fields of space research (Lofar, SKA, Euclid) and health (Lifelines).
The extensive visualization facilities at its disposal (including a reality cube and a virtual reality theatre with a mega-multi-touchscreen) mean that a ‘lifelike’ virtual world can be created. A team of experts in this field can translate research data in to 3-D images. The advanced visualization facilities have been used countless times in recent years for research and projects both within and outside the university world.
Within the framework of an increasingly important role for research data in academia, a research data office is being worked on in cooperation with the University Library. This will offer researchers the support they need when drawing up data management plans and searching for a suitable way to store, archive and publish their data.
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