Integrated Research Campus

Integrated Research Campus

LIDA has two data management infrastructures (IT platforms), the Integrated Research Campus (IRC) and the Secure Electronic Environment for Data (SEED). The IRC is an advanced and secure computational platform, designed, implemented and maintained by University of Leeds IT to provide specialist technical services for data handling, analysis and application within LIDA. The IRC has accredited certification to the international standard for information security management, ISO/IEC 27001:2013. Both the IRC and SEED are compliant with the NHS Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSPT). Both allow researchers secure access to sensitive data, and has enabled and encouraged a range of external data owners and organisations to work with the University of Leeds.

IRC Platform

The IRC platform provides a secure Virtual Research Environment (VRE) for each research project. Each VRE is a private cloud with some shared underpinning services. A key design feature of the platform is the separation of each VRE to prevent data from leaking between projects.

The IRC platform is an isolated “walled-garden” environment, with data entering and leaving via an “airlock” where disclosure control and information classification can take place in a controlled manner by the IRC Data Services Team.

Each VRE is loaded with the software tools preferred by the researcher and has access to the data for that project. The researcher is able to log onto this virtual desktop and carry out their analytics using the tools familiar to them, safe in the knowledge that the data never leave the data centre and are safely backed up.

High Performance Computing Facilities

When the VRE doesn’t provide enough power, suitably anonymised data can be transferred to one of the many high performance compute (HPC) clusters available in Leeds – Arc1, Arc2, Arc3, N8 Polaris, Farr SGI or the dedicated MBC HPC.

IRC Information Security Management System (ISMS)

The IRC Information Security Management System (ISMS) sets the procedures for protection as per ISO2700 and with the University of Leeds Information Protection Policy.  ISO27001 is an international recognised standard for managing Information Security.