Apr 24, 2024



Date: 7th of May 2024 09:00 - 10:30

Online event: Zoom registration

Organised by: Life Science RDM Group Norway

ELIXIR Code of Conduct:


The data steward profession is internationally among the fastest growing jobs (report from DANS - NL). Despite this, there is currently no defined career and educational pathway in Norway to become accredited as a Data Steward. On top of this, this highly demanded position is not presently represented in a suitable job category in the Norwegian public sector. The evaluation committee for the Norwegian Research Infrastructure program already wrote in 2021: The committee recommends that “RCN, together with the RPOs [research performing organisations], promote training of highly skilled people needed for operating RIs in the research system. We would especially mention data stewards as a new category that does not yet have a place in the system” (Evaluation of the INFRASTRUKTUR initiative, page 6).

Due to their transdisciplinary competence and their broad range of responsibilities, Data Stewards are currently employed across different job categories. This often results in misaligned career progression matrices and poor career progress (see also NIFU report: Technical-administrative employees in the university and higher education sector)

In this event, we aim to learn about the approaches adopted by other countries in defining and integrating the profession of Data Steward in the public sector and discuss together with the Norwegian unions, research and education institutions and Data Stewardship Experts on potential ways to anchor this role better in Norway.



Time Topic Speaker(s)
09:00 Welcome

Korbinian Bösl

(Data Management Coordinator, ELIXIR Norway)


Example: Data Stewards in the Dutch system

12+3min Q+A

Fieke Schoots

(Training Coordinator FAIR Data, Health RI NL)


Example: Data Stewards in the Swedish system

12+3min Q+A

Niclas Jareborg

(Data Management team in the SciLifeLab Bioinformatics platform - NBIS)


Panel discussion


Live Kvale

(UiO library - Section for open research)


Jon Iddeng


Dag Endersen

(UiO NHM, GBIF-NO & Tekna UiO)

Katrine Weisteen Bjerde


Erik Sandquist

(Senior Research Infrastructure Advisor, Division of Research and Innovation UiB)

Even Birkeland

(Data Steward FHI)


Sum up





Mar 4, 2024

In February 2024, a great milestone was reached for the human omics data community: the first datasets are now available in the Federated European Genome-phenome Archive (FEGA). These datasets - hosted by national nodes in Poland, Norway, and Sweden - are discoverable in the EGA portal and accessible according to national laws.

These datasets include:

The first Norwegian data set that has now been made available consists of data from research on the bacterial flora in the human intestinal system. The Norwegian researcher behind the first shared data set that was recently published in the journal Nature Communications, Professor Trine Rounge, states that "for us, FEGA Norway is the only available solution for sharing sensitive data. It is essential to share such data securely between researchers to ensure reproducibility and reuse in other projects”.

The establishment of these datasets represents a significant step towards achieving the broader objectives of the FEGA; to facilitate the sharing of high-quality human genomic and phenotypic data across borders. “The value for users is twofold: it becomes easier to make data available securely compared to storing data locally, and data becomes easier to find for other researchers. The possibility of reuse improves the chances of both verifying scientific discoveries and reaching groundbreaking conclusions, of benefit to the research community and later also patients,” said Anna Hagwall, project manager and head of human data at FEGA Sweden, NBIS.

About Federated EGA
FEGA was launched in 2022 as a network to store and lawfully share sensitive human omics data safely. It relies on the technology originally developed by the EGA and support from ongoing collaborations with ELIXIR - a European life sciences infrastructure. FEGA has contributed to and benefitted from the implementation of community standards for sensitive data management including those developed by the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH). “The FEGA concept and the development of the Nordic FEGA nodes have been made possible thanks to several projects coordinated by NeIC,” said Kjell Petersen, FEGA Norway technical lead.

Managing human omics data is challenging due to its sheer size and privacy concerns, often resulting in restrictions on how and where sensitive data can be shared. The FEGA network follows a federated data access model whereby sensitive data is stored securely within a local or national jurisdiction, while discovery across the network for data of interest is enabled via a central portal.

As of February 2024, the FEGA network comprises seven European national nodes with tens of additional national partners working towards establishing a FEGA node. As the FEGA network continues to onboard nodes from around the world, populated with more and more data, we move closer to a vision of a truly global resource for discovery of and access to sensitive human omics data to accelerate disease research and improve human health. "The Federated EGA network is entering a key phase where the first research datasets are now available across the network. In coming years, we look forward to expanding these datasets to cover key areas such as cancer and rare diseases for the benefit of patients" said Thomas Keane, Group Leader at EMBL-EBI.

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Nov 24, 2023

Sweden adds a National Pathogens Portal to the network

Nov 13, 2023

Today, nine Life Science Research Infrastructure programs in Norway signed an agreement for establishing a long-term collaboration aiming to revolutionise the management and exchange of life science data in Norway.

Oct 26, 2023

On behalf of BioMedData and ELIXIR Norway, we would are delighted to extend to you an invitation to the National Stakeholder Meeting on Life Science Data Management, scheduled for November 22-23, 2023. This meeting brings together all our partners in data management related projects covering several national infrastructures,  life sciences data  and sensitive data. 

Event Details:

Event Name: National Stakeholder Meeting on Life Science Data Management in Norway

Date: November 22-23, 2023

Location: SALONGEN, Ibsenkvartalet, C.J. Hambros plass 2, Oslo

Important Links:

Agenda: 2022-11-22_National_stakeholder_meeting


Agenda Highlights:

Day 1: Wednesday, November 22, 2023

12:00-13:00: Lunch

13:00-13:30: General scope of the meeting, and introduction round

13:30-14:00: Highlights from BioMedData

14:00-14:30: European Life Science RDM ecosystem

14:30-14:45: Coffee break

14:45-15:30: Stakeholder needs - Monitoring, CRIS issues, Incident response, Accessibility, Cataloging

15:30-16:30: Persona - ‘RDM takes a village’ & Measuring the impact of data availability

Day 2: Thursday, November 23, 2023

9:00-10:30: Future perspectives - EOSC, Joint strategic statement, Lack of detailed (institutional) policies, Funding situation, Service Gaps, Infrastructure gaps

10:30-10:45: Coffee break

10:30-12:00: Special category data - Federated genome phenome archive (FEGA)- Norway, Policy issues, Streamlining consent/REK/…, Data processing framework agreements

12:00-13:00: Lunch

This gathering brings together esteemed stakeholders. We aim with this agenda to address key issues and foster meaningful discussions around life science data management in Norway and Europe.

We believe that your valuable insights and expertise will greatly contribute to the success of this event.

To secure your spot, kindly register through the following link: 

Should you have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us at: 

Aug 30, 2023

About the Department of Informatics

Digitization of businesses, industry, public administration, and education makes informatics play an increasingly important role in the development of society. Research and education in informatics are crucial for the digital transformation of society to succeed. If you want to be a part of an international work environment, and a contributor to leading research projects, apply for a job at the Department of Informatics. The Department is in rapid growth regarding its number of students, research directions, and employees. We have today about 1000 students, and almost 40 different nationalities represented among our 150 employees.

These positions will be a part of our technical team at Computational Biology Unit (CBU), which is the research center for computational biology and bioinformatics at University of Bergen. CBU coordinates ELIXIR Norway, the Norwegian node of the pan-European ELIXIR infrastructure (an ESFRI landmark) for life science data.

Senior Engineer/ Chief Engineer (System Developer)

At the Department of Informatics there is a vacancy for up to two positions as senior egngineers, funded by external projects. If there are no qualified candidates for one or both the senior engineer positions, we will consider hiring as chief engineer, with requirements for qualifications and experience lowered accordingly.


The announced position is in the CBU Service Group, and main work tasks include software development in a scientific environment with a focus on e-infrastructure for bioinformatics and computational biology. The position contributes to the development work undertaken in the context of ELIXIR Norway, and related national and international e-infrastructure projects associated with ELIXIR Norway. One central project focuses on secure archiving and controlled access to human genome datasets and related information in a federated solution.

Qualifications and personal attributes

  • Master's in computer science or equivalent is required. Long relevant practical experience from software and system development, may compensate for not meeting the formal education requirements.
  • Experience from both Python and Java development is required, with in depth experience from one of these languages, including familiarity with micro service based system architecture. Experience also from Go (Golang) will be regarded as very beneficial.
  • Good experience with version control systems like git is a requirement, as well as knowledge on agile/iterative software development methodology.

We hope you also fulfill one or several of the points below:

  • Our system platform is Linux, with extensive use of virtualization technology. Solid knowledge within both of these areas is desirable but not required.
  • Working experience with containers, such as Docker (building and management) is strongly desirable.
  • Experience from development of distributed systems and relevant technologies is advantageous (i.e. message queueing)
  • Previous work experience from a geographically distributed software development team, in a multi-cultural environment, are both desirable.
  • As we develop e-infrastructure services for the life sciences, basic knowledge within molecular biology/biomedicine would be a plus, but not a requirement

Personal qualities are important, and will be emphasized:

  • Applicants must have excellent skills in oral and written English.
  • A high level of independence and integrity is required.
  • We expect enthusiasm and the ability to perform well in a cross-disciplinary team.
  • As an employee in a research and teaching institution you must be willing and capable of learning new things as required to solve tasks

Senior Engineer/Chief Engineer (DevOps system administrator)


The announced positions are in the CBU Service Group. This is a team of engineers and researchers who together develop and operate e-infrastructure for the life sciences. The main work tasks include development and operation of Linux based infrastructure across
multiple deployment platforms. The position contributes to the development work undertaken in the context of ELIXIR Norway, and related national and international e-infrastructure projects associated with ELIXIR Norway. The work in the team is done in close interaction and collaboration with researchers and IT staff at the Department of Informatics and the University of Bergen central IT-department.

Examples of other kinds of duties can be:

  • Implement and automate continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) for e-infrastructure development projects
  • Monitor system performance and perform proactive troubleshooting and optimalization
  • Design and implement security protocols and security policies
  • Contribute to development work, including national and international infrastructure projects
  • Cooperate with research groups and technical personell to understand their needs and give technical support and advice
  • Document processes and procedures, and stay updated on new technology and best practice

Qualifications and personal attributes

  • 3 - 5 years relevant higher education within IT is required. Long relevant practical experience combined with relevant courses may compensate for not meeting the formal education requirements.
  • Experience from Linux system administration in a team with responsibility of medium complexity server IT-infrastructure, including use of virtualization technology and security management, is a requirement.
  • Experience with “infrastructure as code” is required, either using ansible or other relevant related technology.
  • We require good knowledge and experience with using Git versioning software and services.

We hope you also fulfill one or several of the points below:

  • Knowledge on development and operations best practices (DevOps) including CI/CD, would be highly advantageous.
  • Experience from FreeBSD system administration is desirable.
  • Experience with large scale storage/file servers, batch job scheduling or network administration is an advantage.
  • Experience with programming i.e. Web, Java and Python is desirable.
  • Experience from working in a software development team is a clear advantage.
  • Knowledge on research data within life science and bioinformatics is an advantage.

Personal qualities are important, and will be emphasized:

  • Applicants must have excellent skills in oral and written English.
  • A high level of independence and integrity is required.
  • We expect enthusiasm and the ability to perform well in a cross-disciplinary team.
  • As an employee in a research and teaching institution you must be willing and capable of learning new things as required to solve tasks


Special requirements for all positions

The University of Bergen is subjected to the regulation for export control system. The regulation will be applied in the processing of the applications.

We can offer:


  • Exciting development opportunities as part of your role in a strong professional environment
  • A position as Senior Engineer (code 1181) at salary grade 66 - 75 on the State Salary Scale depending on seniority and qualifications. This currently amounts to an annual salary of NOK NOK 646 000 - 759 100,- before taxes. Alternative as a chief engineer with salary pay grade 59 - 68 (code 1087). This currently amounts to an annual salary of NOK 575 400 - 667 700, -. A higher salary may be considered for a particularly well qualified applicant.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Good welfare benefits

Your application must include

  • A brief account of the applicant's interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • Transcripts and diplomas, and relevant certificates
  • The names and contact information for two referees
  • CV

General information:

Detailed information about the positions can be obtained by contacting:

Head of Department, Professor Inge Jonassen, or group leader Kjell Petersen,

For HR related matters, please contact Karoline Christiansen,

The hired staff for this position may be assigned other tasks and responsibilities within the same area of work, at the Department of Informatics or University of Bergen.

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.
Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

For further information about the recruitment process, click here.

Please apply on Jobbnorge:

Aug 30, 2023


"Are you a bioinformatician looking for a multifaceted position? Do you enjoy connecting with people, looking for variation in daily tasks, and having a service minded-attitude? Come and join the Bioinformatics Core Facility as our senior bioinformatician/coordinator. We have an open 3-years position with the possibility of extension in a competent and interdisciplinary research environment."

The Bioinformatics Core Facility is funded by the South-East Health region (HSØ), and is an approved core facility for all HSØ institutions, as well as for the University of Oslo. We are located at the Institute for Cancer Research at Radiumhospitalet, formally organized under the Department of Core Facilities at Oslo University Hospital.

Here we reside in a basic, translational, and clinical research environment, together with 6 other core facilities offering cutting-edge technologies, services and analysis support ( The Bioinformatics Core Facility is tightly connected to the Oslo node of the national Norwegian ELIXIR bioinformatics infrastructure (which is also a part of the European bioinformatics infrastructure (ESFRI). The core facility also collaborates with the Bioinformatics Center at the Department of Informatics, the University Center for Information Technology (USIT), as well as the Oslo Centre for Biostatistics and Epidemiology (OCBE) - all located at the University of Oslo.

Our work focuses on providing high-quality services on a wide range of data analysis topics. We work primarily with -omics data (genomics, transcriptomics, epigenomics, and proteomics), and our services also include workflow development/scripting, support using national web- and other services, biostatistics, access to databases and specialized license-based software to mention some. The majority of projects are related to human health research, as the core facility is immersed in Norway’s strongest cancer research environment.

The candidate will spend approximately 80 % of their time working on research-related service projects on behalf of users. This includes providing bioinformatics analysis of their data, developing custom workflows, and researching state-of-the-art analysis strategies to ensure optimal analysis. Approximately 20% of their time will be used for coordinating our daily activities together with the core facility management and personnel. This includes answering incoming requests and providing price quotes, invoicing, and supporting the management with reports and applications to our funding agencies. Some outreach activity to relevant research institutions is to be expected. Finally, there will be joint Bioinformatics Core Facility / ELIXIR helpdesk activities. This encompasses monthly joint meetings at the University of Oslo and assisting with the national ELIXIR helpdesk support system.


Oslo University Hospital is a workplace with great diversity. We believe this is absolutely crucial to solving the tasks required of us. We therefore want this diversity to be reflected among the applicants for our positions and encourage everyone to apply regardless of who you are and what background you have.

Duties and responsibilities:


The successful candidate will participate in providing bioinformatics data analysis as requested by the users. We handle all omics data, but most projects use bulk and single-cell RNA, exome and whole genome sequencing, and epigenetic data. We also see an increased demand for spatial data (RNA/protein) analysis and high-dimensionality mass/flow cytometry data. Services may vary from quality control of raw data to in-depth exploration of biological patterns. Common analyses include variant calling on tumor-normal pairs, differential gene expression of bulk and single-cell data, and clinical annotation of analysis outputs. We also offered development of custom solutions, long-term support for large projects, and support for users setting up their analysis environments within Tjenester for Sensitive Data (TSD), and advice for Data Management Plans.



The successful candidate will support the core facility management with everyday tasks related to our users. This encompasses answering any incoming requests, researching and setting up suggestions for analysis workflows, and generating price quotes and contracts. We also do yearly outreach efforts where we visit relevant research environments and present our services. Finally, the candidate will support the management by providing the data foundation for reports and applications.


ELIXIR Norway:

There will be shared activity between The Bioinformatics Core Facility and the Oslo node of ELIXIR with respect to the ELIXIR helpdesk. Here, the candidate will attend monthly meetings, the yearly ELIXIR all-hands meeting, and answer any incoming tickets to the helpdesk system when relevant. In this setting, the candidate will get to interact with key personnel and competence from both USIT/TSD and ELIXIR Oslo being part of a resourceful network.

Qualifications required:

  • A master’s degree with 5 years of experience in the field of bioinformatics or similar. A PhD degree in a relevant field is beneficial.
  • Knowledge of UNIX, Python and R, and preferably one more workflow language (e.g. NextFlow)
  • Experience with high-performance computing (HPC) and containers (Docker, singularity, biocontainers or similar)
  • Advanced bioinformatics skills and experience with handling large biological datasets
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills (English)
  • Excellent documentation skills to support FAIR principle.

Qualifications preferred:

  • Good grasp of basic molecular biology
  • Experience with machine learning
  • Experience with workflows provided today by the core facility (described above)
  • Some experience with UNIX/Linux systems with respect to software installation and similar
  • Experience with database installation and maintenance


Personal characteristics:

  • The candidate should be able to work independently as well as a part of the team
    Good communication skills are required as the successful candidate is expected to interact closely with the members of core facility and research groups


We offer:

  • A 3 years position with the possibility of extension in an interdisciplinary and international research environment
  • Variation in the daily work tasks
  • Possibility to grow and develop competencies in different areas
  • A team of supportive colleagues



Jul 6, 2023

We are pleased to announce the Data Management planning workshop for Life Scientists in Norway by ELIXIR Norway and Digital Life Norway.

All Norwegian universities require a DMP for all projects. All projects that receive funding from the Norwegian RCN are required to submit a data management plan as soon as possible after the contract with the RCN has been signed. This workshop focuses on how-to generate a data management plan for a Life Science research project that will meet both requirements.

Mar 1, 2023

The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), Faculty of Veterinary Medicine has a vacant 3-year Postdoctoral fellow position in comparative cancer genetic research (mammary gland/breast cancer) in dogs. The project work will be in the research group of medical genetics.

Jan 13, 2023

Be ready to receive funding! Why is Open Data and Data Management important for my application?

Dec 15, 2022

The Global Biodata Coalition (GBC) today announces the first list of Global Core Biodata Resources (GCBRs)—a collection of 37 resources whose long-term funding and sustainability is critical to life science and biomedical research worldwide.

Dec 6, 2022

ELIXIR Norway now invites groups at the five partner institutions (UiB, UiT, NTNU, UiO and NMBU) to propose their bioinformatics tools and resources to be included as ELIXIR services.

Nov 17, 2022


I dag lanseres Genomic Data Infrastructure (GDI), som er et stort nytt europeisk prosjekt for bedret tilgjengelighet til humane genomiske og kliniske data på tvers av europeiske landegrenser på en sikker måte. 

Nov 17, 2022


Today, the European Genomic Data Infrastructure (GDI) project kicks-off in Brussels, Belgium. The new €40 million GDI project, coordinated by ELIXIR, is jointly funded by the European Commission under the Digital Europe Programme and through co-funding from participating Member States. In the area of health, the Digital Europe Programme aims to support the creation of elements of the European Health Data Space.

Nov 11, 2022

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Oct 21, 2022

Description:Online course on using the Norwegian e-infrastructure for Life Science (NeLS) and the national supported Galaxy ( The course will consist of lessons covering the necessary topics alternating with hands-on sessions to gain practical experience.

More information on TeSS:

Register at:

Sep 14, 2022

We are pleased to announce the Data Management planning workshop for Life Scientists in Norway by ELIXIR Norway and Digital Life Norway.

All Norwegian universities require a DMP for all projects. All projects that receive funding from the Norwegian RCN are required to submit a data management plan as soon as possible after the contract with the RCN has been signed. This workshop focuses on how-to generate a data management plan for a Life Science research project that will meet both requirements.


We would like to invite researchers (PhD candidates, Post Doctoral Fellows, Researchers, Associate Professors and Professors) in existing and upcoming Life Science projects to develop their DMP in this workshop.



Maximum number of participants: 45

The workshop will take place if there is at least 10 participants


0830 - 0900 Login support

0900 - 0915 Introduction

0915 - 0930 Requirements from the RCN

0930 - 1000 Parallel session: Local recommendations & storage infrastructures Institutional DMP guidelines

1000 - 1015 Short break

1015 - 1100 Introduction DSW

1100 - 1120 Information on national storage infrastructures

1120 - 1135 Short break

1135 - 1230 Persistent identifiers, Controlled Vocabularies & Ontologies



0900 - 1000 Key legal requirements for research in the GDPR and Health research act

Personal Data Act
Health Research Act
1000 - 1015 Short break

1015 - 1045 Relevant deposition repositories/ data archives

domain specific archives (ELIXIR/EMBL-EBI, NCBI)
Dataverse NO
NIRD archive
1045 - 1100 Short break

1100 - 1115 Licensing of data, biological material and software

1115 - 1300 Hands on training and assistance to generate a data management plan

Requirements: Join us online and bring your project proposal . You will get the opportunity to set up a data management plan for your project with help of the Data Stewardship Wizard tool using a structured and detailed questionnaire with references to relevant resources.

Looking forward to see you at the workshop.


Register here on nettskjema

May 30, 2022


After 2 years of online meetings, the project affiliation liaisons (PALs) from the participating life-science data producing infrastructures in BioMedData finally, for the first time, met in person!

May 23, 2022


Upon completing the signing of the Federated European Genome-phenome Archive (EGA) Collaboration Agreement end of last week, ELIXIR Norway formally joined the Federated EGA collaboration, and were warmly welcomed and greeted as the first Federated EGA node to join the FEGA network!

May 11, 2022


Join the first FAIR Data Management in Life Sciences course, organized by ELIXIR Norway 14-16 June 2022!

Apr 20, 2022

Monday, May 9, 2022

It has been a while since the FAIRDOM community got together to exchange ideas and share our FAIRDOM-SEEK related experiences. We’re therefore very excited to announce a new series of FAIRDOM user meetings, with the first meeting scheduled for 9th of May, 2022 at 14:00 CEST.

The purpose is to establish an active FAIRDOM user community to allow networking between various FAIRDOM-SEEK users and learn from each other’s experiences. Within the two-hours event the FAIRDOM team will give an introduction on current developments and the invited users will showcase the use of FAIRDOMHub and other FAIRDOM-SEEK instances for their research projects. After the presentations we’ll have plenty of time for discussions and networking.

Confirmed invited speakers:

Cyril Pommier
Frank Meineke - Leipzig Health Atlas (
Jasper Koehorst - WorkflowHub (
Andrej Blejec - Bulk uploading from pISA-tree to FAIRDOM using SEEK API and R package seekr
Please register for free to get the Zoom access details.


Apr 7, 2022

A two-days online meeting that will bring perspectives on Nordic infrastructures and approaches used to handle SARS-Cov-2 sequencing data. The event will take place on 18-19 May 2022 from 09:00-13:00 CEST (Central European Summer Time). The meeting is organised by members of ELIXIR Norway, ELIXIR Estonia, and SciLifeLab Data Centre.

Mar 8, 2022

BioMedData coordinators are organizing a webinar about a new feature in the Data Stewardship Wizard (DSW) for Norway Friday, 08 April 2022 @ 09:00 - 11:00

Mar 2, 2022

The Nordic ELIXIR nodes are organizing a Train the Trainer course in May. This course is suited for whoever is interested in becoming a trainer/instructor, or improving their training skills.

Feb 23, 2022

We are pleased to announce the Data Management planning workshop for Life Scientists in Norway by ELIXIR Norway and Digital Life Norway.

Jan 20, 2022


Read the exciting story about how the new service immuneML uses AI to diagnose diseases in the University of Oslo science newspaper Titan (Norwegian). 

Jan 7, 2022

Exciting Postdoctoral opportunity linked with the Norwegian of the Earth Biogenome Project and ELIXIR Norway! 

Dec 13, 2021


The ELIXIR-CONVERGE project has received a €2 million uplift from the European Commission (EC). The new funding aims to mobilise SARS-CoV-2 variant surveillance data tracking services and tools to feed the European COVID-19 Data Platform. The work is led by ELIXIR Switzerland and ELIXIR Norway. 

Dec 10, 2021


We are so happy that ELIXIR Norway will be able to continue our work on enabling analysis and sharing of life science data for Norwegian researchers!

Nov 4, 2021

ELIXIR Norway and the Centre for Digital Life Norway is organizing a Data Management Planning workshop for Life Science Projects

Nov 3, 2021


Our annual ‘All hands’ meeting took place in Bergen 19-21 October, and finally we were able to gather ‘the family’ physically again!

Oct 30, 2021


ELIXIR coordinates the new EU-funded project BeYond-COVID (BY-COVID), which will tackle the data challenges that can hinder effective pandemic response. The core aim of the project is to ensure that data on SARS-CoV-2 and other infectious diseases can be found and used by everyone. Learn more about the project in the news release on the BY-COVID website, and in this news article in the Norwegian medically oriented newspaper Dagens Medisin.

Oct 29, 2021


ELIXIR Norway is happy to announce the launch of eight new ELIXIR Node services to be included in our Service Delivery Plan towards ELIXIR Europe.

Oct 4, 2021

The program for our upcoming All hands meeting is beginning to come together, please have a look here.

Oct 1, 2021

The Open Access Week is taking place 25th-29th of October 2021.

The webinars before lunch are part of a collaboration between UiB, UiT, HVL, UiS, NTNU, USN, INN, UiO, RDA Norway and ELIXIR Norway and you can find more information and sign up for the individual webinars below or here.

ELIXIR Norway contributes with a series of webinars.

Sep 30, 2021

ELIXIR Norway contributed to hosting the 2-day “AlphaFold2 and RoseTTAFold workshop” with 600 participants from 40 countries

Sep 28, 2021

Rådata for norske SARS-CoV-2 gensekvenser blir nå for første gang fritt tilgjengelig gjennom den åpne genbanken ENA (European Nucleotide Archive). ELIXIR Norge og Folkehelseinstituttet (FHI) har samarbeidet om en teknisk løsning som laster opp de norske virussekvensene til genbanken sammen med informasjon om hvor prøvene kom fra. Løsningen sikrer at sensitiv informasjon om pasienten som hadde det aktuelle viruset ikke inkluderes.

Sep 28, 2021

We are happy to announce that the first Norwegian SARS-CoV-2 sequences now are openly available in ENA, the European Nucleotide Archive.

Sep 27, 2021

The Genomics- and Bioinformatics core facilities at the Oslo University Hospital / ELIXIR Oslo are hosting a drop-in service every Wednesday!

Sep 27, 2021

Salmobase is a tool for making molecular genomic resources for salmonid species publicly available in a framework of visualisations and analytic tools. The site has now been rebuilt with new features and more planned to come in the near future.

Sep 7, 2021

After almost a lifetime of zoom, we will finally try to meet face to face again for the ELIXIR Norway All hands, and hope that you will join us in Bergen on 19-21 October!

Aug 23, 2021

Open access life science resources such as data and software, are fundamental for breakthrough discoveries, scientific excellence and entrepreneurial endeavours. ELIXIR’s latest report is an up-to-date analysis on the benefit of open data to industry and innovation, with an extensive survey, testimonials, and analysis of the hotspots of European innovation. 

Read more


Aug 20, 2021

ELIXIR Norway and Digital Life Norway is organizing a Data Management Planning workshop for Life Science Projects recently funded by RCN

Jun 24, 2021

In the context of CONVERGE, ELIXIR-Norway organized two contentathon to extend the RDMkit with tool assemblies - carefully curated and selected set of tools to facilitate research data management in the Life Science domains with a focus on local availability or need of a specific domain. During 4 days in May and June 2021 over 30 research data management experts from all over Europe compiled several tool assemblies for Data Stewards and Researchers.

"We hope this examples will help others to do their data management in a better and more efficient manner." - said Korbinian Bösl, who has been organizing the contentathons.

"We are super happy that the joint proposal of ELIXIR-Norway and ELIXIR-Belgium to extend the RDMkit further has just been selected for the Biohackathon 2021 and we are looking forward to meet exciting people to enable more knowledge transfer."


May 31, 2021

ELIXIR Norway together with the ELIXIR Interoperability Platform is running a survey to collect input from potential users that will become topics in the coming workshop in autumn 2021

May 19, 2021

ELIXIR Norway and Digital Life Norway is organizing a Data Management Planning workshop for Life Science Projects recently funded by RCN

Apr 16, 2021

In a joint effort representatives from all research infrastructures in BioMedData have gathered for a 2 day online workshop to perform the first steps towards domain specific guidance for researchers in their data management. This work will result in the near future in expert recommendation for different domains and technologies which can be imported to new data management plans, forming the basis for more efficient research.

One important factor to accelerate these efforts was the advise from the Data Stewardship Wizard development team on collective editing of Knowledge Models in the Data Stewardship Wizard during the workshop.


Apr 6, 2021


The ELIXIR-CONVERGE project has just released one of its main outputs — the RDMkit. Developed and managed by those who work daily with life science data, this research data management kit provides a comprehensive guide with best practices applicable to projects from start to end.

Go to the RDMkit here

Mar 29, 2021

ELIXIR in collaboration with NORBIS are pleased to announce an advanced online course about genome assembly and annotation. The course is aimed at researchers interested in learning more about genome assembly and annotation.

Mar 26, 2021

The 11 Norwegian Life Science Research Infrastructures in the BioMedData project have published their "Report on data management plan needs/gaps".

This report marks the conclusion of the first phase within the project, aimed at assessing the data management routines at the Norwegian Life Science infrastructures and the gap with respect to the FAIR data principles. This report is a basis for the infrastructures to plan and implement further steps to improve the data management at the infrastructures and facilitate good data management by the researchers using the infrastructures.

Read more in the report (public available on zenodo under CC BY 4.0)


Mar 22, 2021

ELIXIR Norway has made a wiki with documentation on how to use the different parts of our infrastructure

Mar 2, 2021

We are pleased to announce the first online course on using the Norwegian e-infrastructure for Life Science (NeLS) and the national supported Galaxy ( The course will consist of lessons covering the necessary topics alternating with hands-on sessions to gain practical experience.

Feb 15, 2021


We are so happy and proud to announce that FAIRtracks, one of the new bioinformatics services recently added to our service portfolio, has been announced as one of four new ELIXIR Recommended Interoperability Resources (RIR)! The FAIRtracks ecosystem is a collaboration between ELIXIR Norway, ELIXIR Spain and EMBL/EBI.

Feb 10, 2021

ELIXIR Norway is pleased to announce that we launched a service to submit data to the European Nucleotide Archive (ENA) on behalf of end-users and Norwegian research institutions.

Feb 9, 2021

On February 5th Korbinian Bösl (ELIXIR Norway, BioMedData & Centre for Digital Life Norway) gave a webinar with the topic Data Management requirements

Feb 2, 2021


We are happy to announce that 14 new tools, databases and platforms developed by various research groups and centres in Norway now will be available for our users via ELIXIR Norway.

Jan 29, 2021

Be ready to receive funding! Why is Data Management important for my application?

Jan 26, 2021

In this podcast ELIXIR Norway leader Inge Jonassen explains how artificial intelligence research can drive and accelerate new scientific discoveries.

Dec 17, 2020

OpenData_Covid19The last year has effectively demonstrated the importance of sharing data during an ongoing pandemic. Currently, we also benefit from all the data that has been shared openly prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. Read our piece on how the fight against Covid-19 has relied on open databases in the last number of NBS-Nytt, the journal of the Norwegian Biochemical Society.

Dec 9, 2020

ELIXIR Norway and Digital Life Norway have been hosting the 2nd round of the ELIXIR-FAIRDOM staff exchange.

Nov 30, 2020

Identifying gaps in current training

Nov 5, 2020

ELIXIR Norway has successfully migrated the five NeLS Galaxy instances into one Norwegian usegalaxy

Nov 2, 2020

ELIXIR Norway now invites groups at the five partner institutions (UiB, UiT, NTNU, UiO and NMBU) to propose their bioinformatics tools and resources to be included as ELIXIR services.


Oct 29, 2020

Logo COVID-19 Data Portal Norway

Today ELIXIR Norway has launched the Norwegian COVID-19 Data Portal ( The service facilitates sharing and accessing research data generated in Norway on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). On this occasion, ELIXIR Norway underlines its commitment for Open Science by endorsing the Manifesto for COVID-19 Research by the European Commission.

Oct 4, 2020

From October 1st. Erik Hjerde took over the role as the Training coordinator for ELIXIR Norway.

Sep 25, 2020

The Research Council of Norway has granted the Centre for Digital Life Norway (DLN) funding for 5 more years. The centre aims to transform Norwegian biotechnology research to increase innovation and value creation for society. DLN 2.0 starts in February 2021 with ELIXIR-Norway as a partner for Research Data Management

Sep 21, 2020

The annual meeting for all staff/hands involved in ELIXIR Norway will go digital 21-23 October. We are very sorry that we will not be able to meet in person in Trondheim this year, but we will do our best to create an engaging digital event and to maintain the good team spirit.

Sep 18, 2020

ELIXIR Norway and the Senter for Bioinformatcis at UiT have the pleasure to inform you that, after a fairly intense period of technological update, Metapipe is now operational.

Sep 11, 2020

The first meeting between the Research Infrastructure Project Area Liaison (RI PAL) in BioMedData (BMD) was held September 2nd.

Sep 2, 2020

ELIXIR Norway, in collaboration with the Centre for Digital Life Norway, has explored methods to support Norwegian researchers in data management planning for several years. After we got to know the Data Steward Wizard (DSW) in 2018, we started to use it fully in production in 2019 to enable assisted data management planning (DMP) for Life-Scientists across Norway. The Data Steward Wizard provides us with the unique opportunity to facilitate both the generation of DMPs by the research community and at the same time to increase awareness for research data management.

Jul 7, 2020

We have good news to all users of NeLS Galaxy


Jun 30, 2020

Congratulations Andreas Borchel!

Jun 17, 2020

Today, 11 Life Science Research Infrastructure programs in Norway kicked off the BioMedData project to build an open and collaborative framework for the exchange of Life Science Data in Norway.

May 27, 2020

It is now possible to log on to ELIXIR Norway Data Stewardship Wizard, the data management planning tool for smart generation of DMPs using FEIDE

Apr 30, 2020

The COVID-19 epidemic has caused significant societal challenges, and it is of utmost important to identify approaches to mitigate the impact of the disease. The ELIXIR Norway expertise in computational modeling of biological systems can aid in this process.


Apr 27, 2020

PortalVisit our new SARS-COV-2 portal for a manually curated database of sequences and metadata for complete SARS_CoV2 genomes, from publicly available resources.


Apr 14, 2020

In the writing moment 414 complete SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences are accessible in NCBI and many more are being sequenced world-wide. In addition, the sequence data is being made publicly available.

Mar 25, 2020

ConvergeOpen data and science is key against COVID-19, have a look at the efforts and resources provided by ELIXIR and ELIXIR Norway.

Feb 10, 2020

ConvergeConvened by, the first workshop of the ELIXIR-funded Staff Exchange Project entitled “Empowering ELIXIR Nodes to measure and communicate their performance and impact” took place on 30 January 2020, in Lisbon (Portugal)

Feb 5, 2020

ConvergeAfter the completion of the successful ELIXIR-EXCELERATE project, which provided  ELIXIR with solid foundations, this week ELIXIR kicks off a new project to support the provision of data management across Europe. ELIXIR Norway is proud to be a part of ELIXIR-CONVERGE, and will lead a work package and a demonstrator in this project.

Feb 4, 2020

The topic is on how you can generate a data management plan for a research project that will meet the requirements of the funding organisations. You will use the ELIXIR Norway Data Steward Wizard to make a data management plan.

Oct 31, 2019

ELIXIR Norway is now performing a user survey to evaluate and identify gaps in our bioinformatics services.


Oct 29, 2019

AllHandsOslo2019Our annual "All Hands" meeting took place during four consecutive days in Oslo, 22-25 October, this year with a strong flavour of data management, thanks to our two new grants BioMedData and Converge!

Jun 27, 2019

1MGenomesWe are very happy that Norway recently signed the European Declaration 'Towards access to at least 1 Million sequenced genomes in the EU by 2022'. This initiative aims to link genomic information across borders, and ELIXIR Norway is ready to contribute with crucial infrastructure in this effort, along with ELIXIR nodes all over Europe.

Jun 27, 2019

We are pleased to announce the first release of MarFun, a database for marine fungi, and also an update of MarRef and MarDB.

Jun 21, 2019

elixir-norway-allhands2018-groupELIXIR Norway was well represented at the 5th ELIXIR All Hands meeting, which took place in Lisbon 17-20 June.

Jun 6, 2019

The fifth ELIXIR All Hands meeting will take place 17 -20 June 2019 in Lisbon.

Feb 26, 2019

SME_StockholmELIXIR Norway participates in the next ELIXIR Innovation and SME Forum: Genomics and associated data in national healthcare initiatives, which takes place in Stockholm, 5-6 March. Professor Eivind Hovig (UiO) will present an overview of ELIXIR Norway’s involvement in national healthcare initiatives.

Dec 12, 2018

FAIR NBSSee how ELIXIR may help, in the latest edition of NBS Nytt, the journal of the Norwegian Biochemical Society.

Dec 4, 2018

taxonomic_profileThe first hands-on workshop in Marine Metagenomics was organised in Tromsø, November 26-30. In the workshop, the participants were introduced to the research field of metagenomcis, with focus on samples from the marine environment.

Oct 30, 2018

elixir-norway-allhands2018-groupThe yearly project meeting ("All Hands") of ELIXIR Norway took place in the scenic town of Drøbak on October 23-24 2018. During these two days, we had exciting plenary updates from all work packages, in addition to internal and cross work package meetings.

Jan 25, 2018

ELIXIR.NO newsletter number 5, January 2018, is now out. Can be downloaded here.

Jan 13, 2018

elixirThe European Galaxy Administrator Workshop was hosted by ELIXIR Norway in Oslo, 8-12 January 2018, and included five international instructors and 35 national and international participants.