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Training across Services: Resources, Convenience and Safe Use of Sensitive Data

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James Scott
UK Data Service

The UK Data Service (UKDS) leads the way in offering remote access to sensitive microdata for UK-based academics via its Secure Lab. UKDS offers a range of support to its growing number of users and has taken a lead role in the development of a new joint training course in using these data, to be administered by a consortium of four UK-based Research Data Centres. UKDS' partners in this venture are The Virtual Microdata Laboratory at the Office for National Statistics, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Datalab and the Administrative Data Research Network. Deployment of this training represents an improved course and a better use of resources for RDCs and researchers. Retaining the concept of the "Safes" at its core, the new course is recognised across all services within the consortium, eliminating the need for repeat training when users wish to use more than one service. The consortium is committed to regular review of the course and making improvements if appropriate. UKDS have also developed a standalone course for those (e.g. PhD supervisors) with different needs. The "Safe" security model will be discussed alongside the wider considerations of training researchers to use these highly sensitive data safely.

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