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An Overview of the University of Alberta Health Research Data Repository (HRDR) Secure Virtual Research Environment

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James Doiron
University of Alberta

Located within the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta, Canada, the Health Research Data Repository (HRDR) is a secure virtual research environment (VRE) developed to support the security, confidentiality, access, and management of health related research data. The HRDR's operational phase commenced in January 2013 and at the time of the writing of this abstract thus far has provided support to over forty-five multi-disciplinary and collaborative health related research projects, both quantitative and qualitative in nature, and with an excess of 125 users across local, national, and international institutions accessing these. Project level services provided by the HRDR includes such things as support for grant writing and ethics submissions; data management planning, guidance and training; comprehensive assessments for resource needs including security, project space set-up, access, and analytic software requirements; detailed user orientations; completion of privacy impact assessments; data acquisitions; and secure file transferring (ingests/extracts). Examples of health related research projects that have benefited from these services will be presented. Additionally, a brief overview of the development and current status of the HRDR, including its policies and procedures, technical infrastructure, and cost recovery model will be discussed.

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