The SafePod Network provides access to research datasets in local safe settings.
The SafePod Network (SPN) provides a major step change in the way that administrative and other sensitive datasets can be accessed. The SPN is a network of independent standardised safe settings, known as SafePods, located in higher education institutions across the UK. All SafePods operate under the same policies and procedures, and provide accredited researchers with access to project datasets from participating data centres. The major benefit of the SPN for researchers is that they will be able to have widespread access to research datasets from across the UK in a single location, eliminating the need for long distance travel to a dedicated safe setting provided by a data centre.
The University of Bristol’s SafePod is located in the Medical Library and is available 10am-4pm on weekdays, excluding public holidays and University closure days.
Once the SPN goes live, researchers that need access to sensitive or confidential datasets from a participating data centre will be able to access them from this SafePod.
The following data centres have agreed to participate in the SPN from launch:
- Office for National Statistics
- UK Data Service
- SAIL Databank
- NHS Scotland
Other data centres may join the network once the service is up and running. The SafePod can also be used for other local or confidential work that requires the use of a safe setting.
The SafePod Network is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and managed by the University of St Andrews.
How to book a SafePod
Information on how to book a SafePod will be made available once the service has launched.
For further information about the University of Bristol SafePod, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The SafePod Network can be contacted on +44( 0) 1334 463901 or email@example.com.
Frequently asked questions
How can I request access to a dataset?
Access to datasets must be as part of an approved project agreed with a participating data centre. Please contact the relevant data centre directly to request access to a specific dataset.
Who can use the SafePod?
The SafePod is available to all researchers, including postgraduate researchers, at the University of Bristol and other local institutions.
How is access to dataset(s) provided?
Researchers will remotely access datasets via the SPN’s secure VPN connection to a data centre’s web portal. Researchers must then enter their project credentials to gain access to their datasets. Statistical disclosure control procedures will be agreed between the researcher and the data centre.