Workshop – Getting your hands-on data management

We are excited to announce a hands-on workshop on using data management tools. It will take place in Oslo, 6th and 7th of November. Participants from DLN projects and the DLN research school will be prioritized.


Managing your data well is an important research skill. Good data management enables the preparation, handling, storing, sharing, and reuse of data. These attributes of good data management equates to efficient research and saving of time and resources. Data management tools and best practices can help to make your research data and models FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable).

About the workshop

The two-day workshop will combine both presentations and hands-on sessions. It will provide researchers with practical skills about the data management tools SEEK, Exdir and NeLS.

Day 1 (6. Nov; 10-16)SEEK, is a web-based (or locally installed) resource platform for managing and sharing scientific research datasets and models in your project and with the community after publication. It is based on the ISA format; Investigation, Study, Assay and is flexible in terms of the type of data stored. You can point to local data storage while keeping the metadata or smaller derived data sets in SEEK. Both basic use and more advanced features of SEEK will be covered.

Day 2 (7. Nov; 9-16)Exdir is a novel, open specification for data storage in experimental pipelines. Exdir shares the same abstractions as HDF5 (a widely used data format in science) by organizing data in groups and datasets with associated metadata. However, Exdir improves on the drawbacks of HDF5's complex single-binary-file format by instead storing everything in a hierarchy in the file system. Exdir stores human-readable metadata in YAML files and binary data in plain NumPy files. This allows for manual modification of the hierarchy and metadata. A demonstration of the Exdir and its Python API will be shown.

NeLS (Norwegian e-infrastructure for Life Sciences) is an infrastructure providing storage, data sharing and analysis tools. NeLS connects to the national data storage platform NorStore, allowing long term storage. The integration of NeLS with Galaxy will also be shown. Galaxy is an open, web-based platform for accessible, reproducible, and transparent computational biological research, that allows computational workflows to be set up and used, without the need of programming skills. Using Galaxy in NeLS makes it easy to document the processing and analysis of your data.

We are collaborating with FAIRDOM and to link SEEK and NeLS. The SEEK and NeLS integration work will also be mentioned.

Trainers from the FAIRDOM Hub in Manchester, from ELIXIR Norway  and Centre for Integrative Neuroplasticity of the University of Oslo will guide you through the activities. The workshop is free to attend, including lunch both days and dinner on the 6th of Nov. We have set the limitation to 30 participants, so be quick! If you have questions about the workshop, contact or Contact for questions related to the DLN Research School.

Link to registration – the deadline is set to 28. Oct, but first-come, first-served apply.

Link to application for travel grant (DLN research school members only).

We hope to see you there!

Information about the event

  • Time:
    06. — 07. Nov 2018
  • Place:
    Oslo, Bikuben, Kristine Bonnevies hus
  • Event type:


Liv Eggset Falkenberg
+47 91829187


Fatemeh Zamanzad Ghavidel

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