Providing Secure Access to Restricted Data on Aging
About the MiCDA Enclave
MiCDA supports a Virtual Data Enclave (VDE) to provide approved users with remote access to restricted data on the demography of aging. The term “restricted data” refers to data products that cannot be distributed to the general public because of respondent privacy or confidentiality concerns. As detailed below, four groups of users are currently eligible to apply.
See list of publications resulting from enclave-based analysis.
Applying for Access
Health and Retirement Study (HRS) users
Apply through HRS
Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) users conducting aging research
Apply through PSID
National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) and National Study of Caregiving (NSOC) users
Apply through NHATS
MiCDA affiliates conducting aging research with other data resources
Apply for access here
Geographic Linkages Repository
MiCDA is partnering with the Health and Retirement Study, Panel Study of Income Dynamics and National Health and Aging Trends Study to make contextual files and related documentation available upon request to approved researchers working in the VDE. Further details are available here.
Approved users are provided access to a virtual Windows workstation through a virtual desktop infrastructure. Each workstation is equipped with a suite of statistical software (including SAS, Stata, SPPS, MatLab, ArcGIS, R, and Stat/Transfer) and Microsoft Office.
MiCDA VDE users with large or computationally intensive projects may request access to a secure high performance computing server provided by the Survey Research Center.