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As a infrastructure data steward, I focus on liaising with the people involved in the IT infrastructure, technicians, application managers and other service providers inside and outside my research institute. My task is to translate the requirements of policies and science into suitable IT solutions and tools as well as provide advice. I implement IT infrastructure solutions, give access to data and software, and I may also perform hands-on work in a research project.


  • Identify the requirements of an adequate data infrastructure and tool landscape that fits with research data management (RDM) policies
  • Ensure the compliance of the data infrastructure and tool landscape with codes of conduct and regulations
  • Align the data infrastructure and tool landscape to the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) data principles and the principles of Open Science, and facilitate and support FAIR data
  • Identify the requirements of and provide access to data infrastructure for RDM for researchers
  • Make an inventory for data infrastructure and tools that fit with the researchers RDM needs
  • Liaison and align the data infrastructure and tools management in and outside the organisation
  • Facilitate the availability of local data-infrastructure and tools for FAIR and long term archiving of data

Learning path

Institutes across Europe have started hiring professional data stewards. A infrastructure oriented data steward is expected to be competent in the following areas:

  • Advise and assist researchers on short and long term actions for data infrastructure and tools
  • Continuously monitor data infrastructure and tools available inside and outside the institute, in close collaboration with the responsible (IT) department
  • Assess technical knowledge status of researchers and relevant stakeholders (including other data stewards), and if needed give training in technical RDM skills
  • Communicate with researchers, technical staff and support staff about data infrastructure and tools
  • Knowledge of encryption of data, data protection and data security protocols
  • Translate ethical and technical requirements for data infrastructure and tools to technological measures, while understanding the research requirements and limitations
  • Translate the FAIR data principles into data infrastructure and tool requirements
  • Advise researchers and stakeholders (including other data stewards) on archiving solutions, including (meta)data standards

More information

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Relevant tools and resources

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Arvados With Arvados, bioinformaticians run and scale compute-intensive workflows, developers create biomedical applications, and IT administrators manage large compute and storage resources. Data steward policy Researcher Data analysis
Aspera Fasp With fast file transfer and streaming solutions built on the award-winning IBM FASP protocol, IBM Aspera software moves data of any size across any distance Data transfer
Beacon The Beacon protocol defines an open standard for genomics data discovery. Researcher Data steward research Human data TeSS
BIII The BioImage Informatics Index is a registry of software tools, image databases for benchmarking, and training materials for bioimage analysis Data analysis
Bioconda Bioconda is a bioinformatics channel for the Conda package manager Data analysis TeSS
Bitbucket Git based code hosting and collaboration tool, built for teams. Data organisation Data steward research
Box Cloud storage and file sharing service Data storage Data transfer TeSS
BrAPI Specification for a standard API for plant data: plant material, plant phenotyping data Plant sciences TeSS
Castor Castor is an EDC system for researchers and institutions. With Castor, you can create and customize your own database in no time. Without any prior technical knowledge, you can build a study in just a few clicks using our intuitive Form Builder. Simply define your data points and start collecting high quality data, all you need is a web browser. Identifiers Data steward research
Chipster Chipster is a user-friendly analysis software for high-throughput data such as RNA-seq and single cell RNA-seq. It contains analysis tools and a large reference genome collection. CSC - Finland Data analysis Researcher TeSS
Common Workflow Language (CWL) An open standard for describing workflows that are build from command line tools Data steward policy Researcher Data analysis FAIRsharing TeSS
Conda Open source package management system Data analysis TeSS
Crop Ontology The Crop Ontology compiles concepts to curate phenotyping assays on crop plants, including anatomy, structure and phenotype. Researcher Data steward research Plant sciences FAIRsharing TeSS
cURL command line tool and library for transferring data with URLs Data transfer
DAISY Data Information System to keep sensitive data inventory and meet GDPR accountability requirement. Data steward policy Human data Data protection TransMed Assembly
DATAVERSE Open source research data respository software. Data storage Researcher Data steward research IFB - France TeSS
dbGAP The database of Genotypes and Phenotypes (dbGaP) archives and distributes data from studies investigating the interaction of genotype and phenotype in Humans Data publication Researcher Human data FAIRsharing
Docker Docker is a software for the execution of applications in virtualized environments called containers. It is linked to DockerHub, a library for sharing container images Data analysis FAIRsharing TeSS
DropBox Cloud storage and file sharing service Data storage Data transfer
Data Stewardship Wizard Publicly available online tool for composing smart data management plans Data management plan Researcher Data steward research NeLS assembly TSD for sensitive data - Norway TeSS
e!DAL Electronic data archive library is a framework for publishing and sharing research data Data storage
e!DAL-PGP Plant Genomics and Phenomics Research Data Repository Plant sciences Plant Genomics Assembly Researcher Data steward research FAIRsharing
ELIXIR Deposition Databases for Biomolecular Data List of discipline-specific deposition databases recommended by ELIXIR. Data publication Researcher Data steward research COVID-19 Data Portal NeLS assembly IFB - France CSC - Finland FAIRsharing
EUPID EUPID provides a method for identity management, pseudonymisation and record linkage to bridge the gap between multiple contexts. Data steward policy Human data
FAIRDOM-SEEK Data, model and SOPs management for projects, from preliminary data to publication, support for running SBML models etc. Data storage NeLS assembly Microbial biotechnology IFB - France TeSS
FileZilla A free FTP solution Data transfer
Free-IPA FreeIPA is an integrated Identity and Authentication solution for Linux/UNIX networked environments. TransMed Assembly
GA4GH data security toolkit Principled and practical framework for the responsible sharing of genomic and health-related data. Data publication Data steward policy Data steward research Human data
GA4GH regular and ethical toolkit Framework for Responsible Sharing of Genomic and Health-Related Data Data protection Sensitive data Data steward policy Data steward research Human data
Galaxy Open, web-based platform for data intensive biomedical research. Whether on the free public server or your own instance, you can perform, reproduce, and share complete analyses. NeLS assembly Marine Metagenomics - Norway Data analysis Researcher IFB - France TeSS
Git Distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects Data organisation Data steward research TeSS
GitHub Versioning system, used for sharing code, as well as for sharing of small data Data publication Data organisation Data steward research FAIRsharing TeSS
GitLab GitLab is an open source end-to-end software development platform with built-in version control, issue tracking, code review, CI/CD, and more. Self-host GitLab on your own servers, in a container, or on a cloud provider. Data organisation Data publication Data steward research TeSS
Globus Globus lets you efficiently, securely, and reliably transfer data directly between systems separated by an office wall or an ocean. Focus on your research and offload your data transfer headaches to Globus Data transfer The Resolution Service provides consistent access to life science data using Compact Identifiers. Compact Identifiers consist of an assigned unique prefix and a local provider designated accession number (prefix:accession). Identifiers Data steward research FAIRsharing
Informed Consent Ontology The Informed Consent Ontology (ICO) is an ontology for the informed consent and informed consent process in the medical field. Data steward policy Human data FAIRsharing
iRODS Integrated Rule-Oriented Data System (iRODS) is open source data management software for a cancer genome analysis workflow. Data storage TransMed Assembly
ISA-tools Open source framework and tools helping to manage a diverse set of life science, environmental and biomedical experiments using the Investigation Study Assay (ISA) standard Data steward research Microbial biotechnology FAIRsharing
Jupyter Jupyter notebooks allow to share code, documentation Data analysis TeSS
Keycloak Keycloak is an open source identity and data access management solution. TransMed Assembly TeSS
LUMI EuroHPC world-class supercomputer Data analysis Researcher CSC - Finland
maDMP - Research Bridge Machine-Actionable Data Management Plan | Webinar (2016) on making a good data management plan. Data management plan
MCPD The Multi-Crop Passport Descriptor is the metadata standard for plant genetic resources maintained ex situ by genbanks. Documentation and metadata Researcher Data steward policy Plant sciences Plant sciences FAIRsharing
Microsoft Azure Cloud storage and file sharing service from Microsoft Data storage Data transfer
Microsoft OneDrive Cloud storage and file sharing service from Microsoft Data storage
Molgenis Molgenis is a modular web application for scientific data. Molgenis provides researchers with user friendly and scalable software infrastructures to capture, exchange, and exploit the large amounts of data that is being produced by scientific organisations all around the world. Identifiers Data steward research
NextCloud As fully on-premises solution, Nextcloud Hub provides the benefits of online collaboration without the compliance and security risks. Data storage Data transfer
Nextflow Nextflow is a framework for data analysis workflow execution Data analysis TeSS
OMERO OMERO is an open-source client-server platform for managing, visualizing and analyzing microscopy images and associated metadata Documentation and metadata Data steward research Data storage OMERO TeSS
ONTOMATON OntoMaton facilitates ontology search and tagging functionalities within Google Spreadsheets. Researcher Data steward research Documentation and metadata Identifiers
OpenEBench ELIXIR benchmarking platform to support community-led scientific benchmarking efforts and the technical monitoring of bioinformatics reosurces Data analysis Data steward research
OwnCloud Cloud storage and file sharing service Data storage Data transfer Data analysis
REDCap REDCap is a secure web application for building and managing online surveys and databases. While REDCap can be used to collect virtually any type of data in any environment, it is specifically geared to support online and offline data capture for research studies and operations. Identifiers Data steward research Data quality
REMS REMS (Resource Entitlement Management System), developed by CSC, is a tool that can be used to manage researchers’ access rights to datasets. TransMed Assembly
Research Data Management Platform (RDMP) Data management platform for automated loading, storage, linkage and provision of data sets Data storage
Rstudio Rstudio notebooks allow to share code, documentation Data analysis Researcher TeSS
Scientific Data's Recommended Repositories List of respositories recommended by Scientific Data, contains both discipline-specific and general repositories. Data publication Researcher Data steward research
semares All-in-one platform for life science data management, semantic data integration, data analysis and visualization Researcher Data steward research Documentation and metadata Data analysis Data storage
Singularity Singularity is a container platform. Data analysis TSD for sensitive data - Norway TeSS
Snakemake Snakemake is a framework for data analysis workflow execution Data analysis TeSS
The Genomic Standards Consortium (GSC) Minimum Information about any (x) Sequence Documentation and metadata Researcher Data steward policy Human data FAIRsharing
WinSCP WinSCP is a popular SFTP client and FTP client for Microsoft Windows! Copy file between a local computer and remote servers using FTP, FTPS, SCP, SFTP, WebDAV or S3 file transfer protocols. Data transfer