Edinburgh International Data Facility
EPCC is developing the Edinburgh International Data Facility (EIDF), which will facilitate new products, services, and scientific studies by bringing together regional, national and international datasets.
EIDF can be thought of as a layer of storage and computing services presented as a private cloud and hosting a rich and growing collection of data. EIDF supports the long-term storage and curation of data assets, and their cataloguing, preparation and presentation as analytic-ready datasets for research and innovation. It offers a range of computing services, from web-based notebooks to rich desktop environments and seamless access to high-performance computing.
EIDF supports learners, researchers and innovators across the spectrum, with services from basic data download through simple learn-as-you-play-with-data notebooks to GPU-enabled machine-learning platforms for driving AI application development.
Safe haven services
EIDF also provides safe haven services to health and government users, following best practice in independent governance and supporting the linkage of complex personal data for public benefit research and policy-making under national and regional safeguards. Safe haven services can be created for organisations wishing to host and govern access to their data assets in a highly secure environment. Safe havens are isolated from the rest of EIDF, with user approvals, data ingress and egress, and permitted software all controlled by information governance bodies independent of the infrastructure itself.
EIDF will grow and mature with the Data-Driven Innovation initiative, expanding in capacity and capability, responding to the needs of the innovation Hubs and, through them, to learners, researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs from across the region and beyond.
Data-Driven Innovation initiative: ddi.ac.uk/
Edinburgh International Data Facility website: www.ed.ac.uk/edinburgh-international-data-facility