Sensitive Data Services

The Sensitive Data Service (TSD) provides a platform to store, compute and analyse research sensitive data in compliance with Norwegian regulations regarding individuals’ privacy.

  • Service description

    Sensitive Data Services - Service description

    What is TSD?

    The TSD-service has been designed and set up to comply with the national legislations concerning research on sensitive data.

    The basic layout of the system is a secure centralised vault where data and backup are stored. Inside the secure environment reside all the TSD services, namely the high performance computing cluster, large storage capabilities, databases and data management infrastructure.

    Researchers working within a project, access the project-dedicated resources in TSD through remote connection to virtual machines. A large software portfolio is installed on every project specific virtual machine and on the cluster to allow analysis of the data inside the secure environment.  

    Part of the national e-infrastructure

    The Services for sensitive data (TSD) has been developed and is operated by University of Oslo in partnership with Sigma2, and is a part of the national e-infrastructure facilities.

  • Who can get access?

    Sensitive Data Services - Who can get access?

    Who can apply?

    The TSD-service is available to researchers at Norwegian universities, colleges and other institutions that are owned by the state and have research or education as primary purpose. 

  • Conditions for access

    Sensitive Data Services - Conditions for access

    Criterias

    Only research projects that have obtained an approval from the data protection authority of reference (REK, NSD, Datatilsynet or similar) can make use of TSD.
    TSD is a service platform for research data and can thus not be use for clinical data.

    The TSD-service is further relevant to research projects working with sensitive data who need:

    • HPC resources
    • 10 TB or more storage capacity 

    Projects not fulfilling the above criteria may apply for TSD resources directly from the University of Oslo through the TSD web-portal. Please contact tsd-contact@usit.uio.no for more information. 

  • How much does it cost?

    Sensitive Data Services - How much does it cost?

    The TSD-service has an annual fee, that covers two virtual machines, up to 1TiB of storage and backup, and the use of the service Nettskjema.

    Extra yearly costs are applied for the services not covered by the annual fee, such as use of the HPC cluster, more storage, use of database and use of licensed software not included in the software portfolio.

    Price list

    Projects supported by Sigma2 for the use of HPC or storage resources will be charged for these services according to the following price list:

      Research projects with resources
    granted by the RFK (*)
    Research projects in need of dedicated
    resources or with special needs (**)
    Yearly fee 0 0
    Storage per TiB per year 1000 2000
    Bacup per TiB per year 400 800
    HPC per CPU hour 0.07 0.14


    (*) If the price model above will give you expences you consider unreasonable compared to what you have paid before, please contact sigma2@uninett.no.

    (**) Non-commercial projects with special or extraordinary needs, for example in terms of a certain predictability for allocations within a specific timeframe, due to for instance international obligations or dependencies for other services.  

    By applying for TSD resources you accept the prices stated here and you will receive an yearly invoice from Sigma2.

  • Get access

    Sensitive Data Services - Get access

    When to order TSD through Sigma2 calls? 

    If you are planning to make use of the HPC resources inside TSD and/or you foresee the need for more than 10 TB storage space, you can apply for national e-infrastructure resources granted by RFK through Sigma2 calls. Allocation will be evaluated by the RFK Allocation Committee for large amount of CPU hours (<100 000) or large storage capability  (< 25 TB).

    Sigma2 can grant a maximum of 100 000 CPU hours and maximum 25 TB storage on behalf of the RFK at any time between the calls.

    If you need dedicated or special resources you can also apply directly to Sigma2. In such cases, the allocation will be done by Sigma2.

    In case you do not have already a project in TSD when you apply to Sigma2 and granted resources in TSD, Sigma2 will provide you support to get you through the necessary registration procedure for getting TSD access.

Sensitive Data Services - Service description

What is TSD?

The TSD-service has been designed and set up to comply with the national legislations concerning research on sensitive data.

The basic layout of the system is a secure centralised vault where data and backup are stored. Inside the secure environment reside all the TSD services, namely the high performance computing cluster, large storage capabilities, databases and data management infrastructure.

Researchers working within a project, access the project-dedicated resources in TSD through remote connection to virtual machines. A large software portfolio is installed on every project specific virtual machine and on the cluster to allow analysis of the data inside the secure environment.  

Part of the national e-infrastructure

The Services for sensitive data (TSD) has been developed and is operated by University of Oslo in partnership with Sigma2, and is a part of the national e-infrastructure facilities.

Sensitive Data Services - Who can get access?

Who can apply?

The TSD-service is available to researchers at Norwegian universities, colleges and other institutions that are owned by the state and have research or education as primary purpose. 

Sensitive Data Services - Conditions for access

Criterias

Only research projects that have obtained an approval from the data protection authority of reference (REK, NSD, Datatilsynet or similar) can make use of TSD.
TSD is a service platform for research data and can thus not be use for clinical data.

The TSD-service is further relevant to research projects working with sensitive data who need:

  • HPC resources
  • 10 TB or more storage capacity 

Projects not fulfilling the above criteria may apply for TSD resources directly from the University of Oslo through the TSD web-portal. Please contact tsd-contact@usit.uio.no for more information. 

Sensitive Data Services - How much does it cost?

The TSD-service has an annual fee, that covers two virtual machines, up to 1TiB of storage and backup, and the use of the service Nettskjema.

Extra yearly costs are applied for the services not covered by the annual fee, such as use of the HPC cluster, more storage, use of database and use of licensed software not included in the software portfolio.

Price list

Projects supported by Sigma2 for the use of HPC or storage resources will be charged for these services according to the following price list:

  Research projects with resources
granted by the RFK (*)
Research projects in need of dedicated
resources or with special needs (**)
Yearly fee 0 0
Storage per TiB per year 1000 2000
Bacup per TiB per year 400 800
HPC per CPU hour 0.07 0.14


(*) If the price model above will give you expences you consider unreasonable compared to what you have paid before, please contact sigma2@uninett.no.

(**) Non-commercial projects with special or extraordinary needs, for example in terms of a certain predictability for allocations within a specific timeframe, due to for instance international obligations or dependencies for other services.  

By applying for TSD resources you accept the prices stated here and you will receive an yearly invoice from Sigma2.

Sensitive Data Services - Get access

When to order TSD through Sigma2 calls? 

If you are planning to make use of the HPC resources inside TSD and/or you foresee the need for more than 10 TB storage space, you can apply for national e-infrastructure resources granted by RFK through Sigma2 calls. Allocation will be evaluated by the RFK Allocation Committee for large amount of CPU hours (<100 000) or large storage capability  (< 25 TB).

Sigma2 can grant a maximum of 100 000 CPU hours and maximum 25 TB storage on behalf of the RFK at any time between the calls.

If you need dedicated or special resources you can also apply directly to Sigma2. In such cases, the allocation will be done by Sigma2.

In case you do not have already a project in TSD when you apply to Sigma2 and granted resources in TSD, Sigma2 will provide you support to get you through the necessary registration procedure for getting TSD access.