Last week, the University of Nottingham became one of the first institutions in the country to offer access to a SafePod.
The SafePod, installed in Hallward Library, is one of just four UK sites available to book along with the universities of Oxford, Exeter and York. The SafePod Network (SPN) will consist of 25 locations across the UK by the end of 2022.
Professor Chris Dibben, SafePod Network Director, said: “Until recently, researchers based in many parts of the UK could not access administrative datasets securely and easily. This probably meant important research for public benefit did not happen. Now, with the SafePods being installed across the UK, no researcher should be far from an access point – transforming the UK research landscape.”
Available data centres
Participating data centres at launch are:
- Office for National Statistics' Secure Research Service
- UK Data Service
- SAIL Databank (Welsh health data)
Other data centres are expected to join the network over time.
How to book the SafePod
Bookings are available via the SafePod Network's website. Please note, researchers need to have a current project with an SPN Data Centre to be able to book and use a SafePod.
A dedicated team of library staff are supporting the service and the team will run through an induction process for approved researchers.
For more information, please see the university's SafePod webpage, or email the Libraries Research Support team.
Posted on Thursday 2nd September 2021