Research Data Service

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

  • 2-factor authentication

  • 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

Cost

  • 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 data-support@ed.ac.uk.

Further information

Please see our Overview for Users document for detailed information on the DSH