CRC 166 Project Z2: Integrative Data Management and Processing

Status: ongoing


Joint project of

In the newly established Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) "High-end light microscopy elucidates membrane receptor function (ReceptorLight)," scientists from Jena and Würzburg are analyzing the function of membrane receptors using the most modern light microscopy. The overall objective of this research initiative is to gain new insight into the underlying physical and biological phenomena and the advancement of high-performance light microscopy. The volume of the resulting data sets will be large. Currently, we expect to record multi-petabyte data. In addition to the sheer size, the research activities will also need to focus on the variety of data. The aim of project Z2 is to design, implement, and deploy a CRC-wide software platform to store, manage, share, and process data of all CRC projects. The platform will ensure reproducibility and sustainability of research results. It will also allow for an interactive access and will enable a systematic analysis of the large and heterogeneous data. Thus, this project will not only provide participating scientists with a tool to organize and analyze their data, but also foster the exchange of tools and the sharing of knowledge.

Collaborating Institutions

  • Friedrich Schiller University Jena
  • Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg
  • Jena University Hospital
  • Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology
  • Rudolf Virchow Center


German Research Foundation (DFG)



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