Data-driven life science research
Life science, the science of all things living, is becoming increasingly data-driven. The amount and complexity of research data produced by the field has grown rapidly in recent years. Today, a substantial amount of life science data is shared openly within the global research community. These data can be, and has been, used to fuel further discoveries in multiple fields, including healthcare practices, drug discovery, veterinary medicine, plant research, biotechnology, and food science.
Swedish life science research has an excellent reputation globally. Sweden has fostered many well-known scientists, from botanist Carl von Linné to present-day Nobel Prize winners. A number of programs to promote and support work in Swedish data-driven life science have now been established to ensure that the global reputation of Swedish life science research is upheld far into the future, and the SciLifeLab Data Platform is one such initiative.
About the SciLifeLab Data Platform
In order for the Swedish life science research community to generate cutting-edge data-driven research. it will need access to appropriate services, tools, and support. The SciLifeLab Data Platform comprises both a technical hosting environment for data-centric tools and databases, and a website. Both elements work together with the aim of supporting and accelerating data-driven life science research in Sweden. The platform is funded by the SciLifeLab & Wallenberg National Program for Data-Driven Life Science (DDLS). However, the SciLifeLab Data Platform aims to serve all life science researchers and data-producing facilities in Sweden. This means that you do not need to be part of the DDLS to have your tools/databases hosted, or to contribute to the website content.
The services hosted on the SciLifeLab Data Platform adhere to the values of Open Science, Transparent research, and FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable), as well as good data management practices throughout the data lifecycle.
The SciLifeLab Data Platform was built and is maintained by the SciLifeLab Data Centre and our partners. We welcome any questions on any element of the platform. Please get in touch with us by emailing email@example.com or by sending us a message using our contact form.
The SciLifeLab Data Platform technical environment is dedicated to hosting web-based computational tools and databases related to data-driven life science research. This will include compute-intensive software and large-volume datasets. User-oriented services offered as part of the SciLifeLab Data Platform are available to any individual affiliated with a Swedish institution. No affiliation to SciLifeLab is necessary. Services oriented at data-producing facilities are available to SciLifeLab infrastructure units, but enquiries from others are welcome.
The platform will initially focus on integrating services already in development by the SciLifeLab Data Centre and partners. A number of external pathfinder projects will also be identified for the purpose of technology development. We aim to formulate a set of specific requirements and an application procedure for tools/databases to be hosted on the SciLifeLab Data Platform. Individual research groups, organisations, and communities interested in making their tools/data available on a national or international level will be welcome to apply.
The SciLifeLab Data Platform website is available at data.scilifelab.se. It aims to showcase and promote services and research related to data-driven life science in Sweden, as well as relevant events, training, and community-driven initiatives.
The content of the website is moderated by the team behind the SciLifeLab Data Platform. However, much of the content is contributed by the research community. Contributions are welcome in each of the sections. For example, you can suggest a data highlight, an event, or a training opportunity. We’d also be happy to receive suggestions about other types of content that is not currently available on the platform.
Organisations behind the platform
SciLifeLab (Science for Life Laboratory) is an institution for the advancement of molecular biosciences in Sweden. We are funded as a national research infrastructure by the Swedish government.
Our organisation leverages the unique strengths of individual researchers across Sweden into a focused resource for the life science community. For example, we provide thousands of researchers in Sweden with access to the cutting-edge instrumentation and scientific expertise necessary to be internationally competitive in bioscience research. The infrastructure that we provide is, in turn, supported and further developed by our research community, which includes internationally recognised experts in life science and technology. This results in a unique environment for carrying out health and environmental research at the highest level.
SciLifeLab started in 2010 as a joint effort between four universities; Karolinska Institutet, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University and Uppsala University. Today, we support research activities at all major Swedish universities.
For more information about SciLifeLab, please see scilifelab.se.
SciLifeLab Data Centre
Life science research is increasingly becoming not only technology-driven, but also data-driven. SciLifeLab coordinates and supports activities throughout the data lifecycle. This includes project planning, data production, data analysis, data sharing, through to the publication and reuse of data, where researchers are dependent on advanced data analysis and e-infrastructures.
SciLifeLab Data Centre focuses primarily on data generated by SciLifeLab infrastructure platforms. We work to maximise the value, and biological insight, that can be obtained from data, and to enable infrastructure to make data findable and accessible. At SciLifeLab Data Centre, we see data as one of the most valuable and long-lasting products of our operations and strive to make our data FAIR, ensure that it is handled according to open science standards, and to maximise its long-term value to the scientific community.
General information about the Data Centre is available at scilifelab.se/data/.
The SciLifeLab Data Platform is funded by the SciLifeLab & Wallenberg National Program for Data-Driven Life Science (DDLS). A total of 3.1 billion SEK has been granted from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation over a period of 12 years. The purpose of the program is to train the next generation of life scientists, to create a strong computational and data science base, and to strengthen the competencies in today’s research society. Thereby, the program will ultimately enable every scientist to better analyse data patterns and integrate their data with the global data flows in life sciences. Furthermore, the program aims to strengthen national collaborations between universities, to build bridges between life and data science communities, and to create partnerships with industry, healthcare and other national and international entities.
Eleven Swedish organisations are also participating in the DDLS, alongside SciLifeLab and the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. The organisations involved are shown below: