Institute for Research in the Social Sciences
Secure Data Center
Secure Data Management
The IRiSS Secure Data Center (SDC) supports a number of targeted research environments and resources to provide access to sensitive and secure data.
The California Census Research Data Center (CCRDC)
The California Census Research Data Center (CCRDC) is a partnership between the U.S. Census Bureau, Stanford University, UCLA and UC Berkeley. The CCRDC at IRiSS is one of twelve laboratories nationwide which provide researchers with local access to non-public microdata in a secure facility. Projects approved by the Census Bureau may draw upon microdata from the Census Bureau's economic and demographic surveys and censuses, as well as restricted use data from NCHS and AHRQ.
Details about the data, proposal process, and RDC network can be found at the Center for Economic Studies (CES) at http://www.census.gov/ces/rdcresearch/index.html. Inquiries about CCRDC projects should go to email@example.com.
Secure Research Facilities
The SDC provides secure research facilities for a limited number of individual faculty and graduate student projects that require dedicated, secure space. It also provides a secure server room for data that needs to be physically inaccessible, such as the Add Health Data mentioned above. Located in the hills above campus at 30 Alta Road, the SDC offers a highly secure environment, as well as a quiet and accessible setting, for research activity involving the use of confidential data.
Add Health Data
The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (also known as Add Health) is a nationally representative study designed to examine how social contexts (such as families, friends, peers, schools, neighborhoods, and communities) influence teens' health and risk behaviors. through early adulthood.
Details about the data and access policies and requirements can be found on the Add Health site at https://iriss.stanford.edu/addhealth.
The SDC can help facilitate software support for SDC users, and recommends the following links as a starting point:
Software Licensing Support
- Info on general software use on campus: http://software.stanford.edu
- A list of licensed software available on the Stanford shared servers: https://itservices.stanford.edu/service/sharedcomputing
- Software offered directly through Software Licensing group: https://itservices.stanford.edu/service/softwarelic/list
- Direct link to Stanford software licensing web store: http://e5.onthehub.com/
Other Key Links
- Stanford University's guidelines for electronic data collection and storage are located here.
Those interested in using the Secure Data Center should contact IRiSSfirstname.lastname@example.org for more information.