The Sigma2 Metacenter
National coordination and shared, consolidated resources have cost and efficiency advantages but creates a “distance” to the end-users (researchers).
This is countered by keeping the support staff and competence near where the research is going on, at the universities. The highly qualified staff at the universities provide expertise to ensure that researchers can make optimal use of the resources via a variety of user support services.
Together, Sigma2 and the university staff form a pool of competence - the Metacenter.