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This is a Data Management tools assembly for sensitive data around TSD. TSD as an infrastructure is aimed for researchers in Norway and their collaborators, but can be used by anyone.

What is the Norwegian tools assembly for sensitive data - TSD data management tools assembly?

The Norwegian ELIXIR tools assembly for sensitive data is centred around [TSD - literally for: services for sensitive data]( is an infrastructure provided by the University of Oslo (UiO). Together with the other complementary tools provided by ELIXIR, TSD can be used for the management of sensitive data, including handling of Human data. This assembly covers Planning, Processing, Analysing and Sharing Data Life Cycle stages and offer Data Storage capacities and tools for transfer of sensitive data, following the requirements of the EU general data protection regulations (GDPR) and its Norwegian implementation.

Who can use the TSD data management tools assembly?

Resources on TSD itself are accessible for international users through EOSC and directly through the University of Oslo. Researchers in Norway can in addition obtain access through the national e-infrastructure program Sigma2 and additional storage quotas (up to 10TB) for existing TSD projects through the (Norwegian) bioinformatics support desk If you are affiliated to a Norwegian institution which has already stipulated a data processing and/or service agreement with TSD, this document can be used or amended to account for your project. Otherwise, you can establish a data agreement for your individual project by contacting

What can you use the TSD data management tools assembly for?

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Figure 1. Norwegian ELIXIR tools assembly for sensitive data - TSD

The Norwegian tools assembly for sensitive data offers support with Data Management Planning through an instance of the Data Stewardship Wizard following the guidelines of the major national and European funding bodys. Dedicated references guide you through national infrastructure, resources, laws and regulations and also include the Tryggve ELSI Checklist for Ethical, Legal and Social Implications. Soon you will be able to submit storage request forms for Data Storage in TSD with defined access permissions through the Data Stewardship Wizard.

TSD offers Data Storage services. Moreover, Processing and Analysing of data is performed in a safe environment within TSD. As a national user, you can access TSD by identifying yourself using the Norwegian ID-porten system. International users can get access by contacting [}(

Within TSD, you can access a Windows or Linux virtual machine (VM) and, upon request, high performance computing (HPC) resources and backup storage. You login using two factor authentication with Google Authenticator and a dedicated username and password. The login in procedure is different for Windows and Linux VMs on TSD.

As the primary design goal of TSD is security, transfer of data by other means to and from TSD is restricted and logged.

Data management planning

You can access the ELIXIR-NO instance of the Data Stewardship Wizard using ELIXIR AAI, which can be coupled with the national solution for secure login and data sharing in the educational and research sector FEIDE.

Data Collection

If you use one of the National Norwegian research infrastructures, such as the Norwegian sequencing infrastructure NorSeq they can directly upload data to your TSD project for you, as described in this page

The sensitive data tools assembly provides Nettskjema as a solution for designing and managing data collections using online forms and surveys. This is a secure and GDPR-compliant service. It can be accessed through the UiO’s web pages and it is used through a web browser. Submissions from a Nettskjema questionnaire can be delivered securely (fully encrypted) to your project area within TSD. TSD-users are granted access to Nettskjema through IDporten or FEIDE. When the Nettskjema form is complete, you can upload it on TSD following these instructions. After verification, the form can be used for collecting sensitive data. Note that further processing and analysis of the results should be conducted within TSD. If exporting data is necessary, the files should be properly de-identified or anonymised.

Data Processing and Analysis

For Processing and Analysing your data, you can use singularity containers and individual tools on the HPC cluster. The computing services provided through TSD include an Illumina DRAGEN (Dynamic Read Analysis for GENomics) node, which can be used to speed up genomic analysis of sequencing data. Dragen is a dedicated resource, if you want to run jobs on DRAGEN please send an email to

Data Sharing and Preservation

One solution for permanent archiving and sharing of personally identifiable genetic and phenotypic datasets resulting from biomedical research data is to deposit them to the European Genome-phenome Archive (EGA). The EGA applies a controlled access model. There can be limitations, e.g. given consents, for your datasets which prevents them from leaving your jurisdiction or being archived in general. This will be partly addressed in the future by federated EGA services with nodes operating from one country or institution under one specific jurisdiction. This model will enable discovery of publicly shareable metadata about studies/datasets archived at the federated EGA nodes through the Central EGA, while the remaining data is stored in a local solution. These nodes will offer the same APIs and interfaces as the Central EGA and provide independent data distribution to users. The Norwegian federated EGA (NFEGA) will be accessible through ELIXIR AAI, compatible with FEIDE.

Where can I find training materials, documentations and events about the TSD data management tool assembly?

You can find the documentation for the HPC cluster here.

Course on the usage of TSD from the University of Oslo are announced here. The recording of a previous course on Nettskjema and TSD is accessible here.

What tools are used within the TSD data management tools assembly?

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Tool or resource Description Related pages Registry
Data Stewardship Wizard Publicly available online tool for composing smart data management plans Data management plan Researcher Data steward research Data steward infrastructure NeLS assembly TeSS
ELIXIR-AAI The ELIXIR Authentication and Authorisation Infrastructure (AAI) Sensitive data NeLS assembly TransMed Assembly TeSS
EU General Data Protection Regulation Regulation (eu) 2016/679 of the european parliament and of the council on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing directive 95/46/ec (general data protection regulation). Data protection Data steward policy Human data
Feide Feide is the national solution for secure login and data exchange in education and research. Feide can be linked with ELIXIR-AAI through eduGAIN. Marine Metagenomics - Norway NeLS assembly
Nettskjema Form and survey tool, also for sensitive data Collecting Sensitive data
Singularity Singularity is a container platform. Data steward infrastructure Data analysis TeSS
The European Genome-phenome Archive (EGA) EGA is a service for permanent archiving and sharing of all types of personally identifiable genetic and phenotypic data resulting from biomedical research projects Data publication Human data Data steward policy CSC - Finland FAIRsharing
Tryggve ELSI Checklist A list of Ethical, Legal, and Societal Implications (ELSI) to consider for research projects on human subjects Sensitive data Data steward policy Data steward research Human data NeLS assembly CSC - Finland
TSD Norwegian Services for sensitive data Sensitive data Data storage Processing Analysing