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Digital Competence Centre

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Storage & Workspace

The Digital Competence Centre envisions a (virtual) Research Workspace that integrates all administration, procedures, storage and analytical tools needed for research from A to Z.
At the moment the following services are being offered and remain in development.

Research Data Management System

Research Data Management System

Since 2022 the Research Data Management System is a service open to all researchers of the University of Groningen (UG). It enables researchers from the UG to store, share and manage their data within all phases of research. The RDMS ensures the integrity of research data, and makes it easy to adhere to the FAIR principles or Open Science.

With the RDMS you can add metadata to files or folders. The metadata can be used to categorize data, retrieve data or add actions to data with our connection to the High Performance Computing (HPC) and to Pure .

Use of the RDMS is open to all scientists of the UG. Research from different fields with privacy related data or large datasets can all use the RDMS for safe keeping. The RDMS is developed at the UG and the data is safely stored within the (on premise) data cloud of the UG.

Virtual Research Workspace

Virtual Research Workspace

The Virtual Research Workspace (VRW) consists of a virtualized desktop environment where researchers can conduct data analyses jointly and securely. In this workspace, partnerships are possible with researchers from within the organization itself or from other institutions worldwide. These services (applications & data) are available 24/7. The virtual environment can be provided with additional memory, extra powerful processing facilities or heavy graphics support as required. This environment can also be applied when restrictive requirements are imposed on datasets security, or when additional privacy measures are required.

You can log in to the VRW from an existing (own institution) federated account using multi-factor authentication. To ensure that there is no pollution or misuse of data, the internet cannot be accessed directly from the secure work environment. The federated account allows you to work safely on several studies at once. Each study has its own closed system, making any direct exchange of data between the studies impossible. All of the virtual workspace components are scalable in capacity if the basic or premium versions do not fulfill your needs. The default application landscape is extensive, but specific applications can be incorporated if desired. The integrity of the data and results is carefully monitored within the study. For this purpose, various roles are available for each study.

In brief the VRW is a highly secured, role-based, collaborative environment specifically targeted at researchers who work with sensitive data.

Last modified:16 March 2022 10.17 a.m.