MRC Centre of Epidemiology for Child Health
REDCap data collection service
REDCap is an innovative data collection platform, designed for public health research by informaticians at Vanderbilt University.
epilab was the first UK academic group to join the REDCap consortium (currently over 250 members worldwide). Our researchers can use REDCap to securely collect data online.
epiLab is the centre's own secure computing service. It provides our researchers with:
- a secure environment in which to work with data
- secure storage for data
- specialist tools for data analysis
- access to a variety of software programs
- access to survey and data collection tools
- training and tools for the curation and archival of research datasets
- processing power that does not rely on the capabilities of the computer that they are using.
As well as giving our researchers highly secure access to all the tools and the data that they need from any enabled computer (whether within the centre or from home) epiLab also allows us to collaborate on large-scale research projects.
epiLab can provide an independently assured secure service for management of sensitive datasets. This variant of the service is known as epiLab-SS and has been certified as compliant with the ISO-27001 Information Security standard (Approval certificate no: LRQ 4007220). epiLab-SS service also complies with the NHS Information Governance Toolkt Hosted Secondary Use Project/Team View (Organisation code: EE133902-epiLab-SS).
epiLab uses cloud technology to centralise all data processing within a secure server environment. Users access this secure environment through their web browser. The system works using thin-client technologies and smartcard authentication for security.
Working in this way allows all our researchers access to the high-performance server components which can be shared and deployed with flexibility and a high level of control.
All transfer of data and communication with the servers is via encrypted data pipelines and the epiLab network is isolated from the academic network using an adaptive security appliance, providing fine control and monitoring on all network traffic.
The system has a high level of built in redundancy, reducing the risk of loss of service. Secure off-site and encrypted data backups are regularly generated.
Integration with other systems
epiLab’s flexibility allows it to host a combination of computing environments (including Windows, Solaris & Linux), which means we can support a wide range of specialised analytic software tools. epiLab users can also use external computational resources from UCL, including the Legion HPC cluster.
The team is working with the MRC information security team to align epiLab security with standards that apply to intramural MRC units.
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