Redefining data analysis tools using the SeRP@Curtin platform
Dr Jenni Harrison1, Professor Suzanne Robinson1, Dr Adrian Brown1, Mr David Pedrotti1
1Curtin University, Bentley, Australia
Over the last 18 months, Covid-19 has been one of the largest and most invasive health challenges ever known. As a result, there is much demand for researchers to be able to access secure and robust data analysis platforms to investigate sensitive data.
Since 2014, the Centre for Data Linkage (CDL) at Curtin University has been collaborating with the Swansea University Medical School to provide the Secure eResearch Platform (SeRP@Curtin); the underlying linkage technology used within SeRP is LinXmart, developed at the CDL. This is part of the SeRP Australia project. The SeRP platform is able to support world-class data linkage and de-identification, to safeguard patient data but is also useful for non-health disciplines working with sensitive data. Correspondingly SeRP@Curtin provides a confident mechanism to facilitate data analysis in a safe, secure and controlled environment; it is available using a standard or bespoke service.
Following this presentation, the eResearch community will have a sound knowledge of the benefits of SeRP@Curtin including its simple interface, how it manages and provides data, how to maximise relational links between different datasets (using LinXmart) and what analytical tools are available. During the latter part of 2021, following engagement with the research community the CDL intends to offer the eResearch community further services expanding the existing capacity. Researchers will be invited to comment on this opportunity, developing resources for the eResearch community.
A new CDL-based SeRP@Curtin service will provide benefits for the eResearch community.
Jenni is a passionate digital technology leader and role model. A PhD-qualified medicinal chemist and MSc qualified in digital education, Jenni previously delivered national multi-institution digital projects advancing healthcare for NHS Scotland, before becoming Head of Data at the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre (CSIRO) and subsequently the Director of Strategic Projects and Engagement at Pawsey. She is passionate about data, and in particular in relation to health and in recently concluded a consulting role with Data 61 (CSIRO) examining risk associated with sensitive data release, before commencing her present role as Head of the Centre for Data Linkage at Curtin University.