Researcher Credentialing for Restricted Data Access

Funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, this project aims to develop a broadly accepted system of researcher credentialing that will increase the willingness of data custodians to share data and the ability of researchers to undertake creative analyses with the least possible risk to privacy and confidentiality.

The project has three objectives:

  1. Survey and analyze current processes and procedures that data repositories and others currently use to determine the conditions of access of prospective users of restricted data, and make recommendations for best practices to streamline the process for researchers to obtain access while protecting confidentiality.
  2. Establish a set of generally accepted credentials that would facilitate researcher access to (multiple) restricted data sets and simplify the process for data custodians considering making data available to the research community.
  3. Develop and test software and a Web interface that will verify researcher credentials and match those credentials to the requirements of the data custodian or dataset.


Principal Investigator: Maggie Levenstein

Staff: Johanna Davidson Bleckman

Graduate Student Research Assistant: Allison Tyler

Graduate Student Intern: Nyanza Cook