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Researchers

  • Have access to services sooner, so they don't waste time getting access and can start their research sooner.
  • Can use their institutional account, so less (local) accounts to manage, less password hassle etc.

Read more about SRAM for researchers.

Research collaborations

  • Spend less time and resources on infrastructure- and access management.
  • Get more assurance about identities and whether they are (still) working for the institution.
  • Secure access management.
  • Help comply to the GDPR through access logging, strong authentication etc.

Read more about SRAM for research collaborations.

Research resources/services

Either offered by institutions or more generic services like the national supercomputer, commercial cloud offerings etc.

  • Save time and resources setting up and managing access and on support calls (password resets etc).
  • Have more assurance about the identity of collaborating researchers accessing the service.
  • Have better information on when access should be revoked (and thereby comply better with the GDPR).
  • Use open standards to interface with SRAM, which also align with standards used in the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).
  • Institutions offering services: stop having to create zero hour contracts (nuluren contracten), often saving thereby saving money on licenses connected to those zero hour contracts.

Read about services and service providers and how to connect a service to SRAM.

Institutions

'In the old days', researchers (and others) often lost much time, and got frustrated, arranging access to resources they needed access to when collaborating in research projects. As employers, institutions want to provide secure and convenient access so their researchers can maximize their research output.

SRAM enables institutions to provide this fast and secure access. As soon as the institution connects their Identity Provider (database with user accounts, like Active Directory) to the SRAM platform, researchers can use their institutional account to sign in to SRAM. Research collaborations and research services have more assurance about the identity of the researcher, and are better able to both allow and block access based on this information.

The institution will get information on the research collaborations their researchers are collaborating in, and what services they use to conduct their research, which is valuable in the context of information management, IPR, research support, GDPR etc. As soon as the institution blocks the account of the researcher, SRAM will be able to signal connected services access for that identity should be invalidated.

  • Delegate access management for researchers and research services, for instance to Research Support employees etc.
  • Have a better view of which researchers are involved in what research collaborations.
  • Improve compliance with the GDPR since researchers don't have an excuse to use local or social accounts 'to do their work' and access is revoked as soon as the researcher leaves your institution.

Read more about SRAM for institutions.

Research financing bodies

Consider mentioning SRAM in your grants/policy, since research collaborations using SRAM to manage access can spend more time and resources on actual research.

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