[CODATA-international] Fwd: Inroducing our new 5 Safes animation: safely using secure data

Simon CODATA simon at codata.org
Fri Sep 9 08:40:33 EDT 2016

This video and approach from the UK Data Service may be of wider interest to the international CODATA community.

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> Begin forwarded message:
> From: "Corti, Louise" <corti at ESSEX.AC.UK>
> Subject: Inroducing our new 5 Safes animation: safely using secure data
> Date: 9 September 2016 at 02:08:14 GMT-6
> Reply-To: Research Data Management discussion list <RESEARCH-DATAMAN at JISCMAIL.AC.UK>
> Hi all,
> If you have time today, do spend 3 minutes watching our new animation. We think it captures the essence of the 5 Safes neatly.
> 5 Safes animation
> The UK Data Service are happy to announce the release of our new short video <https://www.youtube.com/embed/Mln9T52mwj0> describing the principles for providing safe and secure access to confidential and sensitive microdata. Using the 5 Safes enables researchers to carry out work that would not usually be possible with anonymised data - a real advantage for researchers, maximising the potential of the data.
> The UK Data Service has provided such access for almost five years via its Secure Lab using the 5 Safes framework <https://ukdataservice.ac.uk/use-data/secure-lab/security-philosophy>, a set of five simple protocols that provide complete assurance for data owners and researchers:
> ·         safe data
> ·         safe projects
> ·         safe people
> ·         safe settings
> ·         safe outputs
> These principles support international best practice for safely using secure data and have been adopted by a range of other secure labs, theAdministrative Data Research Network <https://adrn.ac.uk/>, HM Revenue and Customs and the UK's Office for National Statistics, where the concept actually originated. Implementing the 5 Safes framework at the UK Data Service has allowed us to design, test and fully implement designated Approved and Accredited Researcher pathways for handling and accessing sensitive data; access pathways used by both UK government and the ESRC. Researchers wishing to use confidential and sensitive microdata attend the Safe User of Research data Environments (SURE) training course delivered by one of these four secure access data providers.
> Felix Ritchie, Associate Professor of Applied Economics at the University of the West of England and architect of the 5 Safes framework, says of the scheme, "Data access can be really complicated, with legal, statistical, technical and operational dimensions to think about; and they all affect each other. The 5 Safes is a way of simplifying the discussion so that you can try to address all the elements of safe use, without needing to solve them all at the same time. I'm very pleased to see this video, which shows in simple terms just why a structured approach to data planning is so important."
> The 5 safes are discussed in detail in our blog post Access to sensitive data for research: ‘The 5 Safes’ <http://blog.ukdataservice.ac.uk/access-to-sensitive-data-for-research-the-5-safes/>.
> Our security philosophy
> The UK Data Service fosters a community of trusted researchers and data providers, working together to maximise the full potential of data, whilst protecting the privacy of individuals and organisations, through our secure access routes. Our Trusted Researchers come from across the UK, and are at the forefront of research in fields such as economics, sociology, healthcare, and education. UK Data Service staff have collective expertise in data management, handling, licensing and security; data analysis and Statistical Disclosure Control; and in helping users to accomplish their research. 
> Contact the Secure Lab team <mailto:support at ukdataservice.co.uk> who provide SURE Training for the research community on these protocols.
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> Louise Corti
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> UK Data Service
> UK Data Archive
> University of Essex
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