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HIFIS Evaluation: First feedback

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Evaluation after first years of ramp-up

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HIFIS, the Helmholtz-wide platform for federated IT services, underwent a thorough review during August and September 2022, with the major event taking place at the coordinating centre DESY from Sept 29-30.

The evaluation committee represents national and international institutions and collaborations, such as the European Open Science Cloud and multiple more. External viewpoints, e.g. from Open Science Office, Helmholtz Metadata Collaboration, NFDI, and DFN, as well as in-depth discussions with members of the HIFIS Scientific Advisory Board, helped the reviewers to obtain a possibly complete picture of the landscape where HIFIS is embedded into, and its interfaces to other digital initiatives.

What has been presented

During two day’s sessions, the progress of HIFIS, as well as the plans for potential future development, have been presented and discussed in detail. HIFIS has been establishing the technical and procedural frameworks to allow all Helmholtz Centres to seamlessly share digital resources with all Helmholtz and collaboration partners. Meanwhile, more than 20 cloud services have been brought online, with more than 11k users registered, numbers strongly rising. HIFIS education courses were received comparably well, with more than 14k overall participant hours so far.

Initial feedback

According to the preliminary response by the reviewers, the achieved progress of all three HIFIS clusters has been rated excellent. Multiple of the future plans of further strengthening the HIFIS portfolio have been strongly supported. The enthusiasm of the HIFIS team, spanning practical and efficient cooperation throughout Helmholtz, has been especially acknowledged.

The full review report is expected to be finalised in the next weeks. Further, we will derive action points for HIFIS, adopting our next steps and roadmap according to reviewer’s suggestions.

Stay tuned

On Nov 18, 09:30 until noon, we will hold an online Post Review Meeting. All Helmholtz and HIFIS stakeholders are invited to discuss with us the results and next steps. Please register to take part and receive detailed information in time.

Comments? Suggestions?

Contact us anytime if you have any suggestions or questions: support@hifis.net