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National resources: Norway


This page provides an overview of the data management resources in Norway. The target audience is the Norwegian scientific community in the life sciences and collaborators. The Data Stewardship Wizard instance from ELIXIR Norway provides an interactive way to navigate these recommendations and resources. You can also find condensed information in the interlinked RDM LookUp from ELIXIR Norway.

The Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research’s “National strategy on access to and sharing of research data” from 2018 is an initiative aimed at fostering open, equitable, and efficient sharing of research data in Norway. For researchers in Norway and their international partners, this strategy lays the groundwork for creating a robust, collaborative research environment where data is shared freely but responsibly. The national strategy underscores Norway’s commitment to scientific advancement and maintaining ethical and legal standards in a data-driven era.

Funder policies on research data

Norges Forskningsråd (Research Council of Norway) is the primary funding body in Norway for research. The research data management policy of RCN requires a Data Management Plan (DMP), preferably also available in the DMP Common Standard as supported by for example by Data Stewardship Wizard after a positive funding decision for each project. A DMP has to be submitted as part of a final report. RCN recommends following the ‘Practical Guide to the International Alignment of Research Data Management’ by Science Europe, the organisation of research funders and performers. In addition to advising policies for open science and open access, RCN provides recommendations on how to make research data available. From 2023 and onwards, a project grant application submitted to RCN is assessed for open science best practices.

Institutional policies on research data

We provide here a non-exhaustive list of research institutions with Data Management Policies in Norway:

Institutional storage guidelines

Most universities in Norway classify data into four categories, depending on access requirements. These categories are based on recommendations from SIKT.

  • Open (Green): Information can be available to everyone, without special access rights.
  • Restricted (Yellow): Information must have some protections if access by unauthorised persons could harm the institution or collaborators in some way. The information can be available both internally and externally with controlled access rights.
  • Confidential (Red): Information must have strict access rights if unauthorised access would cause damage to public interests, individuals, the institution, or collaborators.
  • Strictly confidential (Black): Information must have the strictest access rights if unauthorised access could cause significant damage (for example, highly confidential research or confidential addresses).

Details and provided solutions vary according to each institution:

Support services


The ELIXIR Norway Helpdesk offers bioinformatics and data management support together with documentation and support for using ELIXIR Norway’s life science infrastructures. Researchers in Norway as well as international collaborators—including private companies and governmental research institutions—can contact the Helpdesk to request access to data management services.

The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Norway Helpdesk supplies IT-services and assistance with deposition of biodiversity data to affiliated organizations. If you are not currently part of the GBIF community, you can follow their guidelines to request endorsement. The GBIF network supports four classes of datasets: resources metadata, checklists, occurrences, and sampling-event data.

The ELSI helpdesk for biobanking facilitates compliance with Norway-specific regulations and standards for ethical, legal, and societal issues, as part of Biobank Norway (BBMRI-NO).

Institutional research data teams

Other data management infrastructures

Sikt is a Norwegian governmental agency that provides (sensitive) personal data protection services to research and education institutions in Norway. Sikt offers guidelines, tools for creating data management plans, and assistance with the legal aspects of personal data management.

NRIS, a collaboration between Sigma2 (a subsidiary of Sikt) and four universities, gives technical and administrative support to researchers in Norway on large-scale data storage and high-performance computing.

Communities for research data management support personnel

There are several RDM communities (with subject or local focus) in Norway to enable exchange and discussion:

Data Management Planning

A data management plan (DMP) is currently requested by:

  • The research performing institutions
  • RCN upon project funding
  • International funding programs (e.g. Horizon Europe, European Research Council)

A DMP typically contains information about data handling during a project and after its completion and makes it possible to identify (and budget for) significant issues to be resolved (e.g. storage). While some of the institutions mentioned above require DMPs to follow a certain standard, this does not apply to all local institutions (e.g. UiO does not currently enforce any specific template). There are several tools available for creating a DMP.

ELIXIR Norway provides access to a national instance of the Data Stewardship Wizard (DSW), an internationally developed tool that has been adapted to better suit the needs of Norwegian researchers, PIs, and institutions. Both RCN and BOTT (Bergen, Oslo, Trondheim, Tromsø) university libraries list the DSW as a preferred tool, particularly for life sciences data. DSW provides templates that are compliant with all different funders’ regulations and offers machine-actionable DMP exports. To facilitate the adoption of best-practises, the ELIXIR-NO DSW instance also provides a collection of exemplar DMPs. These DMPs are partially pre-filled with domain-specific recommendations and can be used as a starting point for your own projects.

Life science-specific infrastructures/resources

We have included here both general and topic-specific resources, that help to simplify and streamline data management practices and to protect your research data. These resources can help you increase productivity while ensuring that your research is compliant, transparent, and reproducible.

Norwegian e-Infrastructure for Life Sciences (NeLS) tool assembly

ELIXIR Norway offers the comprehensive NeLS tool assembly for researchers in Norway and their international collaborators. NeLS serves as a unified resource for planning, processing, analysing, and sharing research data throughout your project’s life cycle. You can use the Norwegian instance of the Data Stewardship Wizard to simplify data management planning, including compliance with relevant laws and regulations. NeLS’ multi-tiered storage system, accessible via FEIDE and the ELIXIR Authentication and Authorization infrastructure, provides a secure platform for data storage. Integration with platforms like Galaxy and SEEK gives easy access to versatile data management tools. For more information, visit the Norwegian e-Infrastructure for Life Sciences (NeLS) tool assembly RDMkit page.

Federated European Genome-phenome Archive (EGA) Norway node

Established by ELIXIR Norway and hosted by the University of Oslo, the Norwegian Federated EGA node provides a secure, controlled platform for sharing and archiving sensitive personal data. This service prioritises making sensitive data findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR) while fully complying with GDPR and the Norwegian Personal Data Act. You can boost the visibility of your datasets while maintaining control over access permissions with a designated data access committee. Learn more at the Norwegian node of the European genome-phenome archive for sensitive human (genetic) data.

Norwegian tools assembly for sensitive personal data

ELIXIR Norway’s tools assembly for personally identifiable datasets is based on the University of Oslo’s Services for Sensitive Data (TSD). This infrastructure provides resources to help you comply with Norwegian and European regulations regarding sensitive personal data. You can also store, process, and analyse your data in a secure, restricted environment and use a wide range of integrated data management tools. More details are available on the National Norwegian services for sensitive (personal) data tool assembly RDMkit page.

The Norwegian Covid-19 data portal

The Norwegian Covid-19 Data Portal acts as a specialised hub for collecting, storing, and analysing Covid-19 related research data. You can access research data, tools, and workflows with the assurance of data security and privacy in compliance with national and EU data protection regulations.

Marine metagenomics portal tool assembly

The Norwegian marine metagenomics portal tool assembly offers comprehensive resources for researchers and students. While the data storage tools through NeLS are primarily for users in Norway, the data analysis tools and repositories are globally accessible. The Marine Metagenomics Portal (MMP) is a rich collection of high-quality, curated microbial genomics and metagenomics resources. The toolkit is described in detail on the Marine metagenomics Portal tool assembly RDMkit page.

Ethical committees and general authorities

We provide here a list of ethics committees and guidelines, relevant to life sciences data, that are responsible for national regulations in Norway:

Data privacy

Health research

General Research Ethics Committees

Relevant ethical guidelines

Through the Research Ethics Committees, the following recommendations were made binding in Norway and it is therefore advised to take them into consideration for data ethics:

Laws and regulations relevant to life sciences research data

These are some of the laws relevant for research data management in Norway. You should refer to the relevant laws and ethical guidelines in your DMP (e.g. in Norway’s instance of the Data Stewardship Wizard (DSW)). Some of the legal information is only accessible after login with Feide.

Data privacy

Health research data

Other laws of potential relevance to life sciences research data

Tools and resources

Tailored to users in Norway

Developed and/or deployed by institutions and organisations in Norway.

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Feide is the national solution for secure login and data exchange in education and research. Feide can be linked with Life Science Login (LS Login) through eduGAIN.

TSD NeLS Marine Metagenomics
DS-Wizard ELIXIR-Norway

DS-Wizard is a tool to aid the creation, organisation and sharing of data management plans. It provides scientists with guidance, facilitating the understanding of the key components of FAIR-oriented Data Stewardship. The template in this instance provides additional guidance on resources, laws and regulations in Norway.

Data Stewardship Wizard
TSD NeLS Marine Metagenomics Data management plan

DMP tool from UNINETT Sigma2 (SIKT).

Data management plan

META-pipe is a pipeline for annotation and analysis of marine metagenomics samples, which provides insight into phylogenetic diversity, metabolic and functional potential of environmental communities.

Data analysis Marine Metagenomics
Norwegian COVID-19 Data Portal

The Norwegian COVID-19 Data Portal aims to bundle the Norwegian research efforts and offers guidelines, tools, databases and services to support Norwegian COVID-19 researchers.

Human data Data sensitivity Existing data Data publication
Federated EGA Norway node

Federated instance collects metadata of -omics data collections stored in national or regional archives and makes them available for search through the main EGA portal. With this solution, sensitive data will not physically leave the country, but will reside on TSD.

The European Genome-phenome Archive (EGA)
Human data Data sensitivity Existing data Data publication TSD

Galaxy is an open-source, web-based platform for data-intensive biomedical research. This instance of Galaxy is coupled with NeLS for easy data transfer.

Data analysis Data sensitivity Existing data Data publication NeLS

Norwegian e-Infrastructure for Life Sciences enables Norwegian life scientists and their international collaborators to store, share, archive, and analyse their omics-scale data.

NeLS Marine Metagenomics

The National Infrastructure for Research Data (NIRD) infrastructure offers storage services, archiving services, and processing capacity for computing on the stored data. It offers services and capacities to any scientific discipline that requires access to advanced, large-scale, or high-end resources for storing, processing, publishing research data or searching digital databases and collections. This service is owned and operated by Sigma2 NRIS, which is a joint collaboration between UiO, UiB, NTNU, UiT, and UNINETT Sigma2.

Data transfer Data storage NeLS FAIRtracks
Sigma2 HPC systems

The current Norwegian academic HPC infrastructure consists of three systems for different purposes. The Norwegian academic high-performance computing and storage infrastructure is maintained by Sigma2 NRIS, which is a joint collaboration between UiO, UiB, NTNU, UiT, and UNINETT Sigma2 (SIKT).

Data analysis
Norwegian Research and Education Cloud (NREC)

NREC is an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) project between the University of Bergen and the University of Oslo, with additional contributions from NeIC (Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration) and Uninett., commonly referred to as a cloud infrastructure An IaaS is a self-service infrastructure where you spawn standardized servers and storage instantly, as needed, from a given resource quota.

Data analysis Data storage
Educloud Research

Educloud Research is a platform provided by the Centre for Information Technology (USIT) at the University of Oslo (UiO). This platform provides access to a work environment accessible to collaborators from other institutions or countries. This service provides a storage solution and a low-threshold HPC system that offers batch job submission (SLURM) and interactive nodes. Data up to the red classification level can be stored/analysed.

Data analysis Data sensitivity Data storage

The TSD – Service for Sensitive Data, is a platform for collecting, storing, analysing and sharing sensitive data in compliance with the Norwegian privacy regulation. TSD is developed and operated by UiO.

Human data Data analysis Data sensitivity Data storage TSD

The HUNT Cloud, established in 2013, aims to improve and develop the collection, accessibility and exploration of large-scale information. HUNT Cloud offers cloud services and lab management. It is a key service that has established a framework for data protection, data security, and data management. HUNT Cloud is owned by NTNU and operated by HUNT Research Centre at the Department of Public Health and Nursing at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Human data Data analysis Data sensitivity Data storage

SAFE (secure access to research data and e-infrastructure) is the solution for the secure processing of sensitive personal data in research at the University of Bergen. SAFE is based on the “Norwegian Code of conduct for information security in the health and care sector” (Normen) and ensures confidentiality, integrity, and availability are preserved when processing sensitive personal data. Through SAFE, the IT department offers a service where employees, students and external partners get access to dedicated resources for processing of sensitive personal data.

Human data Data analysis Data sensitivity Data storage

System for Risk and compliance. Processing of personal data in research and student projects at UiB.

Human data Data security GDPR compliance Data sensitivity Policy maker Data Steward

DataverseNO is a national, generic repository for open research data. Various Norwegian research institutions have established partner agreements about using DataverseNO as institutional repositories for open research data.

Data publication

General information about open research, especially open access and guidance for researchers and institutions.


Nettskjema is a solution for designing and managing data collections using online forms and surveys. It can be used for collecting sensitive data and offers a high degree of security and privacy.

Data sensitivity TSD

Norway contributes to

Institutions and organisations in Norway are actively involved in the development of the following tools and resources.

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MarDB includes all non-complete marine microbial genomes regardless of level of completeness. Each entry contains 120 metadata fields including information about sampling environment or host, organism and taxonomy, phenotype, pathogenicity, assembly and annotation.

Marine Metagenomics Tool info

MarFun is a manually curated marine fungi genome database.

Marine Metagenomics

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