Data Management

Managing data on the Notebooks

Every user of the EGI Notebooks catch-all instance has a 1GB persistent home to store any notebooks and associated data. The content of this home directory will be kept even if your notebook server is stopped (which can happen if there is no activity for more than 1 hour). Modifications to the notebooks environment outside the home directory are not kept (e.g. installation of libraries). If you need those changes to persist, let us know via a GGUS ticket to the Notebooks Support Unit. You can also ask for increasing the 1GB home via ticket.

Getting data in/out

Your notebooks have outgoing internet connectivity so you can connect to any external service to bring data in for analysis. As with input data, you can connect to any external service to deposit the notebooks output.

This is convenient for smaller datasets but not practical for larger ones, for those cases we can offer integration with several data services. These are not enabled in the catch-all instance but can be made available on demand.

EGI DataHub

DataHub provides a scalable distributed data infrastructure. It offers a tight integration with Jupyter and notebooks with specific drivers that make the DataHub Spaces accessible from any notebook.

The folders are browseable from the notebooks interface. Opening files from your code requires you to use the fs-onedatafs library. For convenience, the ONEPROVIDER_HOST environment variable will point to the default oneprovider for the Notebooks and the ONECLIENT_ACCESS_TOKEN variable will contain a valid access token for the service.

from fs.onedatafs import OnedataFS

# create the OnedataFS driver using defaults from env
odfs = OnedataFS(os.environ['ONEPROVIDER_HOST'],

# use it to open a file
f ="<datahub file path>")

The ONEPROVIDER_HOST and ONECLIENT_ACCESS_TOKEN variables are obtained as part of the login process and made available in the notebooks environment automatically. You can also specify a different oneprovider host if needed.


EUDAT B2DROP offers a WebDAV interface that can be used to mount your files from the notebooks. Files are accessed as any regular file from the notebooks interface or from your code. This feature requires users to create a client in B2DROP and provide the client’s credentials to the EGI notebooks service.

D4Science Workspace

D4Science VREs provide a shared workspace via a dedicated API. EGI Notebooks embedded in D4Science VREs will automatically show the user’s workspace at the workspace directory. You can browse and use as any regular file.

Shared folders

The Notebooks service can enable shared folders for users, either in read-only or read-write mode. These are specially meant for community instances for easing the sharing of data between all the users of the service. In the catch-all instance the datasets directory serves as an example of such feature.

Other services

We are open for integration with other services for facilitating the access to input and output data. Please contact support _at_ with your request so we can investigate the best way to support your needs.

Last modified January 11, 2021: Fix linter issues (#172) (2219631)