The data life cycle is typically divided into design, generation, analysis, storage & archiving, and sharing. Below you will find information about infrastructure resources available during these phases.


Data design

During this phase you plan for which data is needed to answer your research question. High quality science is often only possible if the resource facilities you intend to use gets involved already in the planning phase of a project. Consultation and advice regarding data management planning, data generation and data analysis are offered by NBIS and SciLifeLab.

It is wise to write a data management plan, using either a tool provided by your university or DS wizard.

Also, some resources have specific application periods and thus needs to be contacted well in advance. If your project includes sensitive human data, note that there are ethical and legal issues that you have to consider, such as apply for an ethics approval and report the data processing to your Data Protection Officer. See the page on Sensitive data for more information.

Data generation

Consider to upload the raw data to a repository already when receiving them, under an embargo. This way you always have an off-site backup with the added benefit of making the Data sharing phase more efficient.

Facilities which offer data generation services for Imaging:

  • ALM Advanced Light Microscopy facility give support with advanced fluorescence microscopy for nanoscale biological visualization using SIM, STED, STORM/PALM superresolution imaging. The facility also support single molecule spectroscopy measurement and analysis with fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS), as well as combined with superresolution dynamical studies (STED-FCS). Moreover, light-sheet fluorescence microscopy support allow users to image live and/or optically cleared larger samples. Submit your application at the NMI (National Microscopy Infrastructure) project portal.
  • Cryo-EM offers access to state-of-the-art equipment and expertise in single particle cryo-EM and cryo-tomography (cryo-ET).

Data analysis

Facilities which offer data analysis services for imaging:

Computational resources

SNIC (Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing) national research infrastructure makes available large scale high performance computing resources. Apply for Small, Medium, Large or Sensitive data allocation, depending on size and type of project.

Data storage and archiving

After the project is finished, the data needs to be stored in a backed-up fashion at least for 10 years, and for as long as the data is of scientific value. After this time, some of the data should be archived and some can be disposed. It is best to contact your university for information about the procedures for this.

SNIC offers storage for small and medium-sized datasets. In the future also large-sized storage will be offered.

Data sharing

In the era of FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) and Open science, datasets should be made available to the public.

Repositories for Imaging data:

Depending on the type of image data you have, different public repositories are available, please see the table at BioImage Archive.

If you have data that requires controlled access because of personal privacy issues, informed consents, and/or ethical approvals etc, we suggest to store the data locally in a secure environment and make a metadata-only record in the SciLifeLab Data Repository with contact details on how to get access, and for which a DOI (ie a persistent identifier) can be issued. The DOI can then be used in the article to refer to the dataset.

Other repositories

For other domain-specific repositories, see e.g. ELIXIR Deposition databases, Scientific Data recommended repositories, EBI archive wizard (help to find the right repository depending on data type), or FAIRsharing (the latter can also assist in finding metadata standards suitable for describing your datasets). For datasets that do not fit into domain-specifik repositories, use an institutional repository when available (e.g. SciLifeLab Data Repository) or a general repository such as Figshare and Zenodo.


For information about metadata and how to find appropriate standards please see the page Metadata.


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