Posted on 23 August 2021
The SafePod located at the University is one of the first to open for bookings, providing a local safe setting for researchers to access sensitive and confidential datasets from a participating data centre.
A wealth of government datasets, as well as study and survey datasets, are available for secure access from SafePods. This includes datasets from:
Researchers can book York’s SafePod through the SafePod Network website.
Before a SafePod can be booked and used, researchers are required to register with the SafePod Network and pass a short online questionnaire about SafePod policies.
A SafePod is a small, prefabricated room providing the necessary security and controls to enable researchers to remotely view and work with data that requires secure access. A network of Safepods is under development at several universities and organisations in the UK and are expected to be operational next year.
The University of York will be home to one of the UK’s first SafePods, enabling researchers to securely access high quality, sensitive data without leaving campus.
At present, researchers can only access such sensitive data from a handful of sites in the country. Being primarily based at UK universities, SafePods will safely bring this sort of data closer to researchers; priority will be given to research critical to society and the economy.
We know this virtual service will be really important to researchers from across our region who need to access sensitive datasets, and we are proud to be the one of the first network members to open for bookings.
Professor Chris Dibben, SafePod Network Director, said: “Until recently, researchers based in many parts of the UK could not access administrative datasets securely and easily. This probably meant important research for public benefit did not happen. Now, with the SafePods being installed across the UK, no researcher should be far from an access point – transforming the UK research landscape.”
In all 25 Safepods are planned including sites at the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Central Lancashire, Exeter, Glasgow Caledonian, Liverpool, London School of Economics and Political Science, Manchester, Nottingham, Oxford, Ulster and The National Archives.
For information about York’s SafePod, view our SafePod page.