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Becoming an eDRIS User


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This section outlines:

NSS National Safe Haven

The National Safe Haven is a secure environment in which data are linked and accessed. This environment provides a high powered computing service, secure analytic environment, secure file transfer protocol for receipt of data, and provision of a range of analytic software (SPSS, STATA, SAS and Revolution R (only for use when accessing from academic organisations)).  The IT infrastructure is supported by Atos Origin Alliance.

Access is provided via a secure access point, a physically secure area containing a computer with no external devices e.g. disc, CD, USB drives or printer access, or remotely via an accredited organisation’s PC / laptop. This allows trusted and authorised researchers to analyse linked individual level data while maintaining the utmost confidentiality.

Secure Access Points

Secure access points are now located at Farr Institute Scotland, No9 Bioquarter, Little France Road. Any researcher wishing to use the secure access points at the Farr Institute Scotland will need to pre-arrange any visits with the eDRIS Research Co-ordinators to ensure work station availability and gain access to the secure access points. Your Research Co-ordinator will provide more information for your visit.

You will be given a username and password to log on to a secure area to access your linked data file.

Remote Access to the National Safe Haven

In some cases, data controllers may allow the researchers remote access to the data. This will be via a VPN (virtual private network). To access the VPN you will be issued either a physical (hard) token or soft (virtual) token. Tokens are security devices which give authorised users access to secure locations or computer systems.

Release of Output

Outputs from your analyses are only available for release to you, for the agreed purpose, after your eDRIS Research Co-ordinator has checked the output using statistical disclosure control methods in line with the data controller requirements specified for your study. The objective of this review is to ensure that an output does not contain information which could be used either on its own or in conjunction with other data to breach an individual's privacy. Your eDRIS Research Coordinator will inform you of the procedures for clearance of output.


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