Nanosafety Data Interface

Frequently asked questions about eNanoMapper database

Q1.What is an eNanoMapper database instance?

an installation of AMBIT software, implementing the eNanoMapper/AMBIT data model. Usually consists of data from individual nanosafety projects and may be protected by role-based access to keep data confidential.
The database instances offer a user-friendly web interface and an application programming interface (API). They serve as building blocks to feed the aggregated search index and provide interoperability across all or subsets of the instances.

Q2.eNanoMapper/AMBIT data model

a set of data elements and relationships, representing chemical substances with complex composition and associated experimental data, extended to nanomaterials by the EU-funded project eNanoMapper.
More data model details here.

Q3.What is 'PROJECT' - eNanoMapper database (e.g. NANoREG-eNanoMapper database)

a set of eNanoMapper database instances and an aggregated search index used for data management within a project; available at{project} ( e.g. for NANoREG database (

Q4.The Nanosafety Data Interface

is an online user interface enabling user friendly access to the aggregated search index of (sub)set of eNanoMapper database instances. Usually the user interface is project specific and protected but can be also publicly available.
Multiple project specific interfaces are available at

Q5.Data content

Data from the following projects ( FP7 NANoREG, H2020 NanoReg2, H2020 Gov4Nano, FP7 NanoTest, FP7 MARINA, FP7 ENPRA, NANOGENOTOX, H2020 GRACIOUS, H2020 NanoinformaTIX, H2020 caLIBRAte, H2020 RiskGone, H2020 PATROLS, H2020 BIORIMA, FP7 Sanowork, caNanoLab, omics metadata, FP7 eNanoMapper, H2020 SABYDOMA, H2020 SBD4Nano, ) was compiled, annotated and imported into separate eNanoMapper database instances.
They can be accessed via the Nanosafety Data Interface at as well as programmatically through REST (API).
Free text and faceted search as well as multiple export and summary reports are available at the search interface (menu Search)

Q6.Data access

The Nanosafety Data Interface at is the main entry point. Access to protected project areas is granted only to project partners. If you are project partner, contact your WP leader to gain access. Once logged in, an user guide is available at the Help menu.
Programmatic access is available via REST Application Programming Interface (API), subject to the same access restrictions as for the web interface. Contact your WP leader to gain access. Once logged into the web interface, guide for developers is available at the Help menu.

Q7.Data entry

There are several existing approaches to support data entry for regulatory purposes (e.g., OHT), research data in bioinformatics (e.g., ISA-TAB, ISA-JSON) and its extensions for nanomaterials (e.g., ISA-TAB-Nano), as well data logging templates originating and widely used in EU funded projects, summarized in the NanoInformatics Roadmap 2030 Chapter 5.
While the eNanoMapper database supports structured formats for data import (e.g. IUCLID5/6 files, W3C RDF), JSON, the data originating from NanoSafety Cluster during the last decade is predominantly provided in the form of custom spreadsheet (MS Excel) templates.
The eNanoMapper approach has adopted a data provider-friendly workflow which requires only familiar tools and template layouts. Since ~2017 we have been successful with importing into eNanoMapper databases more than 1500 Excel spreadsheet files. This is done through a multistage FAIRification workflow using an already defined semantic data model and open source tool (NMDataParser), to map the spreadsheets into the eNanoMapper semantic model and annotate with domain specific ontologies.
To steer the spreadsheet layout design towards harmonization, while retaining the user friendliness and the features deemed important by the labs, we provide a Template Wizard.

Q8.Template Wizard

The Template Wizard is a web form, where the user can enter metadata of the experiment and download a customized data entry template. There are different Template Wizards for phychem, ecotox, in-vitro assays and exposure and release experiments.

The following templates are currently available :

Generic template for an in-vitro assay IOM IOM
Colony Forming Efficiency IOM NILU/RiskGone
Bio Impedance IOM UiB/RiskGone
Alamar Blue assay IOM NILU/RiskGone
Neutral Red Uptake Assay IOM BfR/GRACIOUS
WST-1 Assay for Cell Proliferation and Viability IOM BfR/GRACIOUS
Hypoxanthine Phosphoribosyl Transferase (HPRT) gene mutation assay IOM SWANSEA/RiskGone
Ecotoxicity - fish, daphnia, algae, soil (CC BY-SA 4.0) NANoREG 10.2787/505397
Particle size distribution by TEM, DLS (CC BY-SA 4.0) NANoREG 10.2787/505397
Particle size distribution by ES-DMA, CLS (AUC) (CC BY-SA 4.0) NANoREG 10.2760/142959
Zeta Potential (CC BY-SA 4.0) NANoREG 10.2760/142959
Dustiness by small drum (CC BY-SA 4.0) NANoREG 10.2787/505397
Dissolution, dynamic and static setups (N/A) NANoREG WP4/GRACIOUS
Density - He Pycnometer (CC BY-SA 4.0) NANoREG 10.2760/142959
Specific Surface Area by Sears Titration (for colloidal silica) (CC BY-SA 4.0) NANoREG 10.2760/142959
Specific Surface Area by BET (Brunauer, Emmett and Teller) method (CC BY-SA 4.0) NANoREG 10.2760/142959
Effective density (CC BY-SA 4.0) NANoREG 10.2760/142959
Crystallinity by X-ray Diffraction (XRD) (CC BY-SA 4.0) NANoREG 10.2760/142959
Hydrophobicity by Contact Angle (CC BY-SA 4.0) NANoREG 10.2760/142959
Surface Chemistry by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) (CC BY-SA 4.0) NANoREG 10.2760/142959
Elemental composition and chemical purity by X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) (CC BY-SA 4.0) NANoREG 10.2760/142959
Omics metadata (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) custom KI/NanoReg2
Environmental Consumer Release custom GRACIOUS
Occupational Release Exposure custom GRACIOUS

Access the Template Wizard menu for the following project databases: FP7 NANoREG H2020 NanoReg2 H2020 Gov4Nano H2020 GRACIOUS H2020 NanoinformaTIX H2020 caLIBRAte H2020 RiskGone H2020 PATROLS H2020 BIORIMA omics metadata FP7 eNanoMapper H2020 SABYDOMA H2020 SBD4Nano
The Template Wizard can be extended with templates for different types of assays or different layouts of the existing assays.

Q9.Template styles

The NANoREG approach to the harmonisation of data logging is based on structuring the information on assays in a set of MS Excel templates [10.2787/505397], developed by JRC and released under Creative Commons Share-Alike license. While not strictly following the ISA-TAB and ISA-TAB nano specifications, the templates have been designed around "ISA-Tab-logic", i.e. structuring the data in investigation-study-assay related groups. The motivation to create new type of templates instead of using ISA-TAB/ISA-TAB-Nano ones is the perceived low applicability in a more "lab-related" data logging due to lack of user-friendliness. The NANoREG/JRC templates are being used for data entry in a number of EU funded projects and a subset of the physicochemical templates was refined and published by H2020 Gracious project [10.2760/142959]
A separate set of Excel templates were developed by the Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM) and have been used to gather data in several EU FP7 projects (NANOMMUNE, NanoTEST, ENPRA, MARINA, NanoSolutions, SUN) and the COST action MODENA. These (referred as IOM style templates) were originally derived in association with the JRC NanoHub from the OECD HT to provide simplified subsets for data collection. They provide a practical format for end-users collecting the results of physicochemical, in vitro and in vivo toxicology, and more recently eco-toxicology data for a variety of experimental assays addressing nanoEHS. Whilst arranged differently, concentrating on the collection of results, they reflect the principles and include most of the essential metadata features of the ISA-TAB logic, with test method description information and the inclusion of relevant SOPs mandatory requirements
Haase, & Klaessig. (2018, November 15). EU US Roadmap Nanoinformatics 2030. EU Nanosafety Cluster.
Besides these, the Template Wizard contains few custom templates (e.g. literature curation, exposure and release templates).


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