Procurement Project NIRD2020

The procurement and implementation of the next generation Sigma2's national storage infrastructure. 


The NIRD - National Infrastructure for Research Datahas been set in production in 2017 and since then it has increased in data volume and services. Users are primarily scientists from public research and education institutions in Norway. NIRD storage is utilized for NIRD Data Storage hosting projects and NIRD Research Data Archive. Computing resources are offered on NIRD to support data-intensive computing, visualization and post-/pre-processing.

The NIRD is currently being redesigned for the evolving needs of Norwegian researchers. The procurement will be done through the NIRD2020 project. 

NIRD2020 - Project Goal

The current NIRD must be replaced within 1-2 years with a new one. The NIRD2020 projects’ major objective is to complete the acquisition of the NIRD2020 infrastructure that fulfils existing, emerging and future user needs in harmony with the local strategies, national and international collaborations. The national policies with regards to Open Access and Re-use of Research Data are guiding principles for the design of the new infrastructure.  

The project follows the Prosjektveiviseren project framework. The project owner is UNINETT Sigma2 AS and the project manager is Dr Maria Francesca Iozzi. The ultimate accountable body for the project is the Sigma2 Board of Directors. The project working groups and the technical reference group consisting of experts from the oldest Norwegian universities, whose competencies range from distributed data management to performance storage and archiving.

NIRD2020 -  Procurement timeline

The concept phase of NIRD2020 has defined the major needs to be fulfilled through the procurement and ensured the most optimal conditions for the transition phase from the old to the new infrastructure. The concept phase has started in April 2020 and ended in June 2020.

The planning phase has done a thorough investigation of users’ needs, stakeholders analysis, benefit realization analysis and developed an architecture design for the future national storage infrastructure. The planning phase has started in August 2020 and ended in Oct 2020.

The execution phase will do the procurement through the pre- and post-purchasing phases, the first aiming at the publishing of the tenders, the second aiming at the evaluation of the offers and awarding the contract in autumn 2021. 

Migration of the data

The NIRD2020 project will be closed when the new system will be set in production, ideally around the spring of 2022.

After the contract is signed, the main tasks of the project will be to: 

  • Install the system  
  • Establish procedures 
  • Perform training 
  • Migrate the data 

This will be done by the Preparation for Operation Working Group

Call for Inputs

If you wish to get more information about the project or want to give us input about requirements for your specific community/scientific field of interest, please don't hesitate to contact Sigma2.

NIRD - Status

Here you can find updates of the status in the NIRD2020 project in connection with important moments and milestones, and possible connected future steps.

Status Update - June 2021

Status Update - April 2021

Status Update - March 2021

Status Update - February 2021

Status Update - January 2021

Status Update - December 2020