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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.

The Norwegian government has released a National strategy on access to and sharing of research data in 2018.

Funder policies on research data

List of funders with Data Management Policies in Norway:

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:

  • Open (Green)
  • Restricted (Yellow)
  • Confidential (Red)
  • Strictly confidential (Black)

Details and provided solutions vary according to each institution. They are based on the recommendations from UNIT.

Support services

There are several support services available to Norwegian Life Science researchers, including:

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). This is an internationally developed tool which has been adapted to better suit the needs of Norwegian researchers, PIs and institutions. DSW provides templates that are compliant with all different funders’ regulations, is recommended by RCN and, in addition, it 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 own projects.

Life science-specific infrastructures/resources

The following resources and tools are relevant to the implemention of data management practices in your specific research area/topic:

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 (in DSW NO). 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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Resource Description Related pages Registry

Feide is the national solution for secure login and data exchange in education and research. Feide can be linked with ELIXIR-AAI through eduGAIN.

TSD NeLS Marine Metagenomics
DS-Wizard ELIXIR-Norway

DS-Wizard is a tool to aid the creation, organisaton 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 Sensitive data Existing data Data publication
Norwegian Federated EGA

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 Sensitive data 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 Sensitive data 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 operatedby Sigma2 NRIS, which is a joint collaboration between UiO, UiB, NTNU, UiT, and UNINETT Sigma2.

Data transfer Data storage NeLS
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 Sensitive data 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 Sensitive data 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, lab management, and 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 Sensitive data Data storage

SAFE (secure access to research data and e-infrastructure) is solution for secure processing of sensitive personal data in research at the University of Bergen. SAFE is based on “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 Sensitive data Data storage

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

Human data Data protection Sensitive data Data Steward: policy Data Steward: research

DataverseNO is a national, generic repository for open research data. Various Norwegian research institutions have established a 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.

Sensitive data 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 Data analysis Tool info

MarFun is a manually curated marine fungi genome database.

Marine Metagenomics Data analysis

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