We are proud to present the annual report 2018. The eScience Center continued to collaborate with many partners to advance academic research with digital technologies across all domains. In 2018 our organization grew from 54 to 67 employees. This year, our focus was on managing that growth and strengthening the foundation for our collaborative organization. We launched two new calls for proposals, in collaboration with several new partners, in the areas of space research and research on cardiovascular disease and we kicked off many new projects, in particular in the areas of computational energy research and digital humanities.
An important milestone this year was the launch of our first Flagship project: eWaterCycle II. By focusing the efforts of a number of eScience Research Engineers at one project, we aim to increase our scientific impact on a specific community. eWaterCycle II is a collaboration with hydrology researchers at Delft University of Technology, University of Utrecht, Wageningen University and Deltares. This report features a short story on the eWaterCycle II collaboration.
In November 2018 we hosted the International IEEE eScience Conference. This has been a great opportunity to increase our profile on an international level. Our team worked hard to make this conference a success, and it showed. We welcomed more than 350 participants – more than doubling last year’s number. Our new approach, involving research disciplines from the humanities to astronomy, was received with a lot of enthusiasm by all participants.
And last but not least, after the launch of the Research Software Directory (RSD) in 2017 we are pleased with the interest of national and international partners, resulting in engagement with a series of targeted introduction meetings and workshops. On an international level we did this at the IEEE eScience conference and the DI4R conference. The RSD itself is moving towards a federated setup to make the effort scalable, and the software to setup additional RSDs for partner organizations has been publicly released. This is an important step towards FAIR software.
Looking forward, 2019 will be an important year for the eScience Center. We are organizing an external evaluation, which will take place in the first half of 2019. Over the past years we have worked hard to advance academic research with digital technologies and methodologies, with a great team of eScience experts and many partners across many disciplines. We are proud to present the impact and quality of our work to the review committee.
I hope that you enjoy reading this report and I look forward to another year of successful collaborations.