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Virtual research workspace

A safe space to collaborate

The virtual research workspace 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 data sets security, or when additional privacy measures are required.

For whom

UG Researchers, UMCG Researchers, External Researchers

Customer value

It is a place where researchers have full control over their data and results and the risks of data leakage are minimized. You can log in 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. Working in this environment guarantees that your data remains secure, even if your laptop is lost or stolen. 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. The default application landscape is extensive, but specific applications can be incorporated if desired. It is possible to run various versions of the same application simultaneously. All of the virtual workspace components are scalable in capacity if the basic or premium versions do not fulfill your needs. The integrity of the data and results is carefully monitored within the study. For this purpose, various roles are available for each study. A highly secured collaborative environment, role-based, specifically targeted at researchers who work with sensitive data. Great for researchers whose standard university workplace is insufficient and whose applications are not suitable for Linux HPC usage.

What do we offer?

The Virtual Research Workspace (A Windows 10 virtual workspace environment): A reliable, innovative and fast data analysis environment that considerably lightens the burden of work for researchers.


Various research initiatives, studies and collaborations within the UG and the UMCG are using this service. RWS enables innovative, collaborative ICT environment while complying to data regulations.


  • Basic: €300,- user/year
  • Premium: €750,- user/year

Monthly billing based on prepayment. *Prices are excl. VAT. Service, pricing and terms of usage will be reviewed on an annual basis. In addition to the costs for the Virtual Research Workspace, which is based on prices negotiated by the University of Groningen, other prices** might apply for other universities and medical centers (possibly combined with commercial parties). Agreements are made with all parties and recorded within an addendum on the generic Service Agreement or DVO for the VRW. A KPI is a standard part of this agreement. 5 ** Additional (external use) license fees and/or special requests during intake such as applications and databases.

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