Integrated Research Campus

Integrated Research Campus

LIDA is underpinned by an enabling technology platform, the Integrated Research Campus (IRC). Following a process of external independent assessment, the IRC has attained accredited certification to the international standard for information security management, ISO/IEC 27001:2013.  Alongside its work to align to the ISO standard, the IRC has worked towards compliance with information governance requirements set by NHS Digital and the Department of Health.  This process is better known as the NHS IG Toolkit.  The IRC’s information security management system has been reviewed up to the minimum ‘level 2’ and is deemed satisfactory.

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.