Join SPN

Join SPN

Researchers

A researcher that wishes to join the SPN and use a SafePod to access their project datasets from a participating Data Centre must first register with the SPN and agree to the terms of use.  A short online training questionnaire covering the SPN User Agreement will also need to be completed before a SafePod can be booked and used.  Further details about the researcher registration process is available here.

BENEFITS

  • SafePods provide researchers with local access to their project datasets from the major Data Centres across the UK including the Office for National Statistics, the UK Data Service and SAIL Databank;
  • SafePods can be booked for dates and times convenient for a researcher; and
  • SafePods offer a comfortable environment for a researcher to work in.

Once registered and approved by the SPN, a researcher will need to agree to the SafePod terms of use and pass a training questionnaire before being able to book and use a SafePod.  Further details about the researcher registration process is available here

JOINING DETAILS: By registering with the SPN


Safepod Organisations 

An organisation that wishes to own a SafePod and be part of the SPN must contact the SPN User Support Service for application procedures. 

BENEFITS

  • A SafePod provides an organisation with their own dedicated safe setting facility;
  • A SafePod provides researchers with access to their project datasets from the major Data Centres across the UK including the Office for National Statistics, UK Data Service and SAIL Databank;
  • There is minimum resource requirement by an organisation for the management and operation of a SafePod;
  • Hosting a SafePod is likely to encourage local researchers to apply for and use datasets for important public benefit research;
  • The SPN website provides organisations with a secure and easy to use management system for their SafePod; and 
  • A SafePod can potentially be used for other confidential and other sensitive work by an organisation.

JOINING DETAILS: By contacting the SPN


Data Centres

A Data Centre that wishes to provide access to their datasets through the SPN, must contact the SPN for application procedures.

BENEFITS

  • SafePods provide a Data Centre with a low cost and secure option to widen access to their datasets for public benefit research across the UK;
  • SafePods and their associated policies and procedures are all standardised.  An accreditation of a single SafePod is all that is required by a Data Centre to accredit all SafePods in the network;
  • SafePods provide a secure IT system for remote connection to a Data Centre for a researcher to access their project datasets; and 
  • The SPN website provides a secure and easy to use system for Data Centres to authorise SafePod bookings, and check that SafePod security procedures are adhered with.

Once approved by the SPN, a Data Centre will be able to provide their researchers with access to their project datasets from SafePods. 

JOINING DETAILS: By contacting the SPN


members of the public

Members of the public can register to keep up to date with SPN news and events.

JOINING DETAILS: By registering with the SPN