Based within the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta, the Health Research Data Repository (HRDR) is a secure and confidential virtual research environment (VRE) created to support health related research projects, to support collaboration across research disciplines, to house health research data and meta-data throughout their life-cycle, and to promote the secondary use and re-purposing of health research data.
Researchers and their teams are able to securely access their projects at any time within the HRDR's virtual research environment via remote desktops and applications which are loaded with standard analytic and other types of software.
The mission of the HRDR is to stimulate both qualitative and quantitative health related research while building a collaborative culture of respect relating to data management and confidentiality. The HRDR also has a mandate to promote and offer educational opportunities regarding research data management best practices.
The HRDR provides:
A secure and confidential environment for housing and managing
sensitive research data, allowing research teams to safely and securely work with
data across the lifecycle of their projects while meeting security requirements
imposed by grant funding agencies, institutions, and data stewards
Secure remote access to your research allowing for research teams to securely access their
data at any time and from anywhere. Research collaboration is promoted through
these remote access components as they allow geographically distant
researchers, and those with specialized knowledge and/or skillsets to
collaborate securely and safely
Access to a regular suite of analytic software, including SPSS, SAS, Nvivo, MPlus, Stata, MSOffice, (including Excel
and Access), ‘R’ & R Studio, Notepad++.and StatTransfer, and Windows Media
Player. Additional software packages are
assessed and implemented on a case by case basis
Data management guidance for research teams on topics that include, but are not limited to,
folder and file structures, naming conventions, file versioning, data quality
assurance and processing, and data/metadata capture and retention
Educational opportunities in the form of presentations and workshops to its users relating to
key topics in the area of research data management best practices in an effort
to help build a sustainable culture of respect relating to sound research data
For more information and to view the HRDR 2-Page Summary, click HERE.
For further information regarding the HRDR and the essential resources that it provides please contact:
Elizabeth Gora, HRDR Coordinator
Ph: (780) 248-1653