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Project description

The MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine, performs research that operates at the interface of biology and engineering. By combining creative research with training of a new generation of interdisciplinary scientists, they aim to maintain a leading position in the field of biomedical engineering.

"The DataHub infrastructure provides MERLN with a backend service for upload, storage and indexing."



Together with DataHub, MERLN has created a repository cBiT (Compendium for Biomaterial Transcriptomics) that incorporates material science and transcriptomics-based cell biology, with a focus on clinically relevant materials. For this repository the DataHub infrastructure is used as a backend service for upload, storage and indexing. In addition to the cBiT repository, MERLN uses DataHub for archiving their research data.


A custom search frontend was designed and implemented by Dataminded and Hatch that perfectly fits the demands and wishes that were given by members of MERLN. This is textbook example where the generic DataHub infrastructure is enriched with a domain specific extension module. More information about the cBiT repository can be found in this Biomaterials publication

Datahub services

Collaboration facilities

Research data management involves a lot of collaboration. We have online and offline facilities to support collaboration.

Data structuring

To leverage the power of data, your data needs to be structured. We have the knowledge and tools to help you with that. 

Find data

We have a catalogue of the research data that has been collected within the MUMC+ you can explore.

Safe storage

The first step you can take towards responsible and effective data management is make sure your data is stored secure and you can access it easily.

Tools used


The collaboration between MERLN and DataHub resulted in:

  • Highly structured datasets
  • Highly enriched datasets
  • Connection to other datasets

More info

If something is unclear, doesn't work or you just need help, contact the local data steward for MERLN: Dennie Hebels.

Contact MERLN data steward

For general inquiries about DataHub contact DataHub directly.

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AuthorMirjam Kamps