Scientific Data

The ESS Data Management and Software Centre (DMSC), located in Copenhagen, Denmark, designs, develops and supports the ESS scientific data pipeline, including experiment control, data acquisition, data curation, scientific web applications, data reduction, data analysis and modelling, data systems and data centre operation.


  • The technology development is based on the highest possible use of open source frameworks and open source development.
  • The state-of-the-art technology is analysed for deep understanding and it is applied in the best way possible.
  • Some technologies have shortfalls and ESS is trying to address these in open forums and dedicated communities.
  • By adhering to the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) data principles for data management and curation and actively involving ESS in the FAIR data community effort is spent to ensure data quality, standardisation and curation is applied to ESS scientific data.
  • Through the involvement in the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), ESS is again following set technology principals as well as influencing them to meet ESS requirements.


  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) shall be considered in relation to the scientific data, its processing, distribution and accessibility.
  • Remote access has moved up on the priority list due to Covid-19, new ways to access infrastructure and perform remote experiments should be considered.
  • In addition to and connection with the remote access, increased levels of automation and contingency could be considered.
  • With (open) access to data and data service via the EOSC ecosystem that promotes federation and portal-based access to services, a virtual research environment incorporating this and a significant level of atomistic modelling and simulation could be considered, as this would increase the efficiency of the scientific workflow of ESS, and hence reduce the time to publication.
  • By applying state of the art technology, effort could be spent on following the general technology development and to transfer whatever is necessary to the ESS technology platform.