ImPACT (Infrastructure for Privacy-Assured CompuTations) Integrates Dataverse Trusted Remote Storage Agents
Scientific progress today requires multi-institutional and cross-disciplinary sharing and analysis of data. Many disciplines, such as the social sciences, face a web of policies and technological constraints on data due to privacy concerns. Issues of privacy, safety, integrity, and ownership have led to regulations controlling data location, availability, movement, and access. Compliance poses obstacles to traditional data-processing practices and slows research; yet, increasingly, pressing scientific problems of great concern to society demand collaborative efforts involving data from multiple stakeholders. NSF Funded ImPACT (Infrastructure for Privacy-Assured CompuTations), will free researchers to focus on science by supporting the analysis of multi-institutional data while satisfying relevant privacy regulations and interests. It is designed specifically to facilitate secure cooperative analysis, meeting a pressing need in the research community. The project will develop methodologies with best practices in networking, data management, security, and privacy preservation to accommodate a variety of use cases. Critical to the project is the development of a Trusted Remote Storage Agent (TRSA) for Dataverse that can register sensitive or large data with Dataverse for discovery yet the data remains in the protected enclave providing security for the data. This presentation will explore the development of this tool and demonstrate the ability to gather detailed metadata to be indexed in Dataverse while data remains at rest. The original idea for this TRSA was for sensitive data but this workflow applies anytime data is required to remain in its original position. Data that is too large to move efficiently would also benefit by using the TRSA.