Answered By: Sharon Nangle
Last Updated: Aug 25, 2015     Views: 152

Thank you for completing a "You said, We did" card about the recently installed SafePod.  I'm sorry you don't think it's placed in the most appropriate space.

The idea behind the SafePod is to provide researchers, those who are members of the University and those outwith, with access to a location where they can securely access data provided via the Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN).  There are a number of reasons for location on level 2 of the Library, including the need for the SafePod to be visible, to ensure researchers don't face unnecessary barriers to accessing the data they have been given access to.  In addition the SafePod is wheelchair accessible, so we needed to ensure the location was as accessible as possible, the entrance level of the Library seemed most appropriate.

Whilst there is a window in the Safe Pod, the window has Smart Glass, which turns opaque when someone logs into the PC, helping ensure that data can only be viewed by the person who has permission to view it, and no-one else.

The University is currently trialling the Safe Pod, and if the trial is successful this innovation may be rolled out to other institutions, to enlarge the network of spaces where researchers can access this data.

There are no restrictions in terms of who may approach the SafePod, but access to it is restricted to those who have permission to access data.

For further information about the SafePod, and the University's involvement with it's development and use please email adrc-s@st-andrews.ac.uk

I hope this helps to clarify the purpose and location of the SafePod.  Thanks again for your comments.

Sharon

Sharon Nangle

Academic Liaison Librarian

April 2015

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