4 July 2019

Recently, the launch signal was given for the internal roll-out of the redesigned Digital Research Environment (DRE). This is a unique online platform in which researchers can securely manage, analyze, store, archive, publish, and share research data.

Using the Digital Research Environment for the analysis and storage of research data, makes it easier for researchers to comply with the latest laws and regulations. This also ensures that the research is Findable and Accessible for other researchers - two of the FAIR principles.

Innovative and unique
“We realized that there was significant demand among researchers for a secure and reliable location for analyzing and storing research data in particular,” says Paul Smits, President of the Executive Committee. “Such a location did not exist and that is why Radboud university medical center took up the challenge and worked incredibly hard over the last few years to create the right platform. Innovative and unique in the world. We are very proud of it, and rightly so I might add.” The foundations of the current DRE were laid in 2015.

“That is when the preparations started for the first version of the Digital Research Environment, which we presented in 2017. This version was enthusiastically used by a number of researchers. However, the DRE was located in a private cloud environment and it became clear that this resulted in limitations in relation to flexibility and scalability,” says Arthur Govaert, Director of Information Management. “Having learned these lessons, in 2018 we decided, in a collaboration with Microsoft and Rapid Circle, among others, to create an improved version of the DRE on Azure, Microsoft’s cloud platform. In a relatively short time, we managed to build this completely redesigned version, with even better functionality, improved user friendliness, faster speed, and more. About 500 researchers work with it already and are very satisfied. It is now ready for everyone else.”

More information: www.radboudumc.nl/dre

Peter-Bram ’t Hoen (chair of the steering committee), Paul Smits (President of the Executive Committee), Ariaan Siezen (team leader Technology Center Data Stewardship), Arthur Govaert (Director of Information Management) and Arnoud van der Maas (Chief Science Information Officer), and many other stakeholders mark the launch of the fully redesigned “Digital Research Environment” in the Oranjezaal.