8. Does the committee also provide advice about the scientific ICT infrastructure?

Yes, the permanent committee is also tasked with providing advice about the ICT infrastructure and how these resources are allocated. There is a great need in essentially all research domains for faster connectivity, rapid analyses of increasingly large databases, storage and making research data accessible. Indeed, ICT is a technology that transects all disciplines and is more crucial to all domains of science than any other technology. This concerns a complex field with an extensive range of tasks. That is why the permanent committee has appointed a separate ICT committee consisting of representatives from different areas in the ICT sector.