Accredited researchers can now access secure datasets from participating data centres across the UK through the SafePod Network
The University’s SafePod, based in Hallward Library on University Park, is part of the wider SafePod Network (SPN) funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), which is part of UK Research and Innovation.
What is a SafePod?
SafePods are designed to provide accredited researchers with access to secure datasets from participating Data Centres across the UK.
Access to secure datasets usually involves regular long-distance travel, however, the ESRC aims to open up opportunities for research by providing local access within a safe setting.
A SafePod has many features including a door control access system, CCTV, a researcher area for the analysis of datasets, a secure service area, wheelchair accessibility and height-adjustable desk.
The SafePod at Nottingham is one of the first to be installed nationally. By 2022, a total of 25 SafePods are expected to be part of the SafePod Network.
The SafePod Network went live on 23 August 2021, with access to the following data centres:
- Office for National Statistics
- UK Data Service
- SAIL Databank
Additional data centres are expected to join as the service gets up and running. Institutions can also arrange for their datasets to be made available via the SafePod Network.
How to access the SafePod
- Bookings for access to the SafePod are available via the SafePod Network’s website. Please note that you need a project with a SPN Data Centre to be able to book and use a SafePod.
- Access to the on-campus SafePod will then be coordinated by trained staff from University of Nottingham Libraries.
- Hours of opening: Monday - Friday, 9.30am-4.00pm.
- The SafePod is located on floor two in Hallward Library on University Park, next to the lending desk.