In the phase of active research, various tools available at University of Basel may help organize your data. This page lists key (sometimes domain specific) data management services available to support your research.
Document and file storage (group shares)
You can get a group share from ITS for your daily research documents (e.g. office documents, small to mid-scale research data). For special projects with large storage requirements (tens of TBs or more) sciCORE can provide high-performance storage. Both ITS and sciCORE central storage are backed up.
Electronic Lab Notebook with Confluence
A significant number of research groups, predominantly at the Biozentrum, are using a wiki solution as a light-weight tool to keep electronic laboratory notebooks. This ELNwiki platform is based on the enterprise-level Confluence software and is operated by the Biozentrum Research IT group. Wiki systems provide substantial flexibility in the way data can be recorded. This allows researchers to easily make the transition from paper lab books to an electronic format. However, this flexibility also requires some up-front planning and decisions when a group’s ELN is first established. Biozentrum Research IT therefore also provides consulting and training, in particular during the early phase of ELNwiki adoption in a group.
Data exchange with SWITCH
In the Natural Sciences
LabKey is a general purpose web-based data management platform for quantitative data (labkey.com). It is an open-source software developed by a commercial company specialized in clinical data management. Despite being rooted in clinical data, the platform is generic enough to suit most natural (and other quantitative) sciences. LabKey provides an audit trail, a flexible role-based user management, a file manager, a configurable user interface, including a programmable wiki and is ideal if/when managing your research data with Excel becomes “too complicated”. Please contact sciCORE to get an access to the system.
OMERO is a client-server software for managing, visualizing and analyzing microscopy images and associated metadata. The data repository does not only support the management of microscopy image data but also allows for their visualisation, annotation, archiving, and export of images. OMERO moreover lets the user collaborate with colleagues in the lab or anywhere in the world by creating user groups. OMERO is supported by Bio-Formats, which allows for over 120 different microscopy file formats to be imported into the OMERO software.At the Biozentrum, an OMERO server is jointly operated by the department’s Imaging Core Facility (IMCF) and Biozentrum Research IT.
For details about the OMERO project, please see the OME project web site: openmicroscopy.org/site/products/omero
In Humanities & Social Sciences
The Data and Service Center for the Humanities (DaSCH) is an national institution of the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAHSS) and the University of Basel (Digital Humanities Lab, DHLab) who maintains a repository for research data in the Humanities, especially in the field of qualitative data and visual media.
The primary goals of the DaSCH are:
- Preservation of research data in the humanities and their long-term data curation.
- Ensuring permanent access to research data in order to make it available for further research and thus facilitating the reuse of existing research data in future research.
- Providing services for researchers to assist them with data life cycle management.
- Encouraging the digital interconnection and interoperability of databases created in Switzerland or in other countries.
- Collaboration and networking with other institutions on digital literacy.
The repository is based on the „Knowledge Organization and Annotation“ (Knora, knora.org) infrastructure, an open source repository framework developed by DaSCH, DHLab und PlaTec (University of Lausanne, platec.unil.ch/). The DaSCH repository follows the FAIR principles of open data and is a registered re3data.org site. It offers a comprehensive RESTful API, media filesaccess according to the IIIF 2.0 API (see iiif.io) and access control if necessary. The staff of the DaSCH may provide several service to researchers of all faculties of the University of Basel. Please see dasch.swiss and dhlab.unibas.ch .