What is Data Safe Haven?
Overview of features and access requirements
Data Safe Haven (DSH) is a controlled and secured service environment for undertaking research using sensitive data (personal, sensitive-personal, or confidential).
The service provides robust controls and safeguards to enable the secure transfer of sensitive data into a highly secure environment where it can be stored, manipulated and analysed by approved members of a research team.
Why should I use it?
- To access, and work with sensitive data that requires a high degree of security
- To allow researchers to work together on a project involving sensitive data
- To meet your data provider requirements to use a secure platform
The service provides:
A virtual desktop environment built to your project-specific needs
Technical and operational procedures to safeguard the security of sensitive data
Access restricted to authorised team members
End to end encryption
Up to 5 Terabytes of data storage
1 CPU 8Gb RAM virtual computer environment
- Key data analysis tools and packages (e.g. SPSS, MatLab)
Who can use the service?
- University of Edinburgh staff
- University of Edinburgh postgraduate students associated with a research project
- Visitors associated with a University research project with an Ease login
- Collaborators associated with a University research project with an Ease login
- All users must be located on the University network
- There is flat rate for building a standard DSH environment
- Additional costs will be added for anything not included in the standard build
- DSH operates on a cost recovery basis and you should include the cost in your grant applications
- Contact the DSH team as early as possible for your project cost estimates
We can set up a demo environment for researchers on request to explore the use of the DSH for their projects. If you need further information, please contact the RDS Team via email@example.com.
Please see our Overview for Users document for detailed information on the DSH