Research Data FAQ
What kind of data does IRIS collect and manage?
What kind of data does IRIS curate and share?
Which universities and which years are represented in the IRIS data?
Who has access to the data housed in the IRIS repository?
Why is the de-identified IRIS dataset restricted use?
What is the IRIS Enclave and Virtual Data Enclave (VDE)?
IRIS operates a virtual secure data enclave for researchers to access restricted use data. The VDE provides a point of access to the requested data elements and is a virtual machine launched from the researcher’s own desktop but operating on a remote server. VDE users are asked to follow best practices in restricted-data use as outlined in the IRIS VDE Acceptable Use Policy.
How can VDE users export research output from the VDE?
Research results generated through the analysis of IRIS data can only be exported from the IRIS VDE after a disclosure review by IRIS staff for compliance with the IRIS Data Use Agreement and IRIS VDE Acceptable Use Policy. All analysis output and programming code are subject to disclosure review before being exported from the VDE to ensure that individuals and organizations cannot be reidentified from the aggregated datasets. We ask researchers who wish to export analysis results and/or code to submit a Disclosure Review Request memo to initiate review. Requests may take up to 15 business days, depending on the type of output. IRIS encourages researchers to produce tabular data outputs (and charts and figures) for disclosure review. If the researcher is producing non-tabular data products for publication, the disclosure review time may be longer than 15 business days. Once approved, the requested output files will be securely transferred to an outgoing folder for researchers to collect with a remote server using SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol).
What kind of software, packages, and libraries are installed on IRIS virtual machines?
What type of workspace is provided to approved VDE users?
Can approved researchers access to VDE through a Mac computer?
Need help with IRIS Data?
Send email to: IRISdatarequests@umich.edu