National Records of Scotland (NRS) Data now accessible from the Library SafePod

An image of the library safepod in the library.

Approved researchers can now access their NRS projects from SafePods across the UK.

The NRS collects, preserves and produces information about Scotland's people and history and make it available to inform current and future generations. Their data includes Scottish civil registration and the population census.

More information about the NRS and data application procedure is available from here.

What is the SafePod?

Located in the Library’s new extension, the SafePod provides a pleasant and secure environment where researchers can access sensitive datasets.

A SafePod is a standardised safe setting that provides the necessary security for a researcher to access sensitive datasets from participating Data Centres across the UK. So far, this includes:

  • Health and Social Care Northern Ireland (HSCNI)
  • National Records of Scotland (NRS)
  • Office for National Statistics
  • SAIL Databank
  • Scottish Government
  • UK Data Service

A Researcher at a SafePod Organisation can also use a SafePod for local confidential or sensitive work, subject to approval from the SafePod Network.

The SafePod at Lancaster University is part of the SafePod Network (SPN). A total of 25 SafePods will make up the SafePod Network, spread geographically across the UK. This network will remove the need for long distance travel to a dedicated safe setting provided by a data centre.

Find out more about the Lancaster University Library SafePod here.

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