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Data and nanoinformatics shepherds’ user guidance handbook


This online resource collects and organizes knowledge and training materials for the two strongly interlinked areas of data management for nanomaterials and nanoinformatics as well as areas like Safe-and-Sustainable-by-Design and nanofabrication directly profiting from data, tools and services.

If you are a

  • scientist (wet or dry lab), who produces and wants to share data
  • data manager, curator or steward and want to become more
  • computer geek

in the area of nanosafety, nanoinformatics or material Safe-by-Design or want to become one, then this handbook is for you.

Data management should start at the planning stage by documenting the study design and decisions leading to the selected methods Publicly sharing for re-use according to open science and FAIR standards Preserving means bringing your data so that it can be found by you but also in institutional repositories and public data repositories and warehouses Acquisition Cleansing and processing Modelling and prediction Integration Annotation and quality control Analysis All about data management All about FAIRification All about nanoinformatics

The two strongly interlinked areas of data management for nanomaterials and nanoinformatics covered in this handbook can be visualised as two interlinked cycles together representing the extended data life cycle. You can hover over the figure to access short introductions to the different aspects of the cycle. Click on any of the three general areas in the lower part of the figure to access information on that topic.

Working together

Many different research groups and projects (small and large) have and are developing data resources, software and platforms combining these two areas. The NanoCommons infrastructure is meant to be even one level above these platforms to bring them together and govern harmonisation and interoperability aspects across platform / projects / country borders. The success is dependent on the underlying platforms and services and since not all information on these can and should be reproduced here, we provide short summaries and access links to the partners’ websites, platforms and networks.

Information on individual tools and services including the contact points and specialised material can be found in the service catalogue.

A big THANK YOU to the contributing projects!