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Access to Idescat's confidential data for scientific purposes

Accredited researchers and research centres may access Idescat's confidential data for their research, provided that the data do not allow direct identification of the natural or legal persons involved (in accordance with current legislation on data protection and statistical confidentiality).

This section explains the procedure to follow and the documentation required to access confidential Idescat data for scientific purposes.

1. Request for confidential data

The researcher or research centre previously recognised by Eurostat that wishes to access confidential Idescat data must send a letter to Idescat, in accordance with the guide for requesting access to confidential data for scientific purposes (PDF), and fill in the appropriate form.

According to this guide, the form should contain detailed information on the following:

  1. Description of the research project
  2. Support from the research institution/centre for the project submitted by the principal investigator
  3. Researchers' CV
  4. Physical and procedural safeguards for the secure processing of confidential data

Therefore, the form for access to confidential data for scientific purposes (ODT) should be filled out based on the explanations in the guide and sent to the Idescat researcher help unit (SAI), sai at idescat dot cat.

If the researcher or research centre does not have Eurostat or Idescat research centre recognition, they must also fill in the research centre recognition form (ODT) and send it to the Idescat researcher help unit (sai at idescat dot cat) for official recognition.

2. Assessment of the application

Once the application has been accepted, the researcher or research centre must sign a declaration of commitment for access to confidential data for scientific purposes (PDF). In addition, all researchers must sign an individual declaration of commitment concerning confidentiality (PDF). Finally, the principal investigator must agree in advance to the costs associated with the processing of the confidential data that will be provided to him/her.

3. Handing over of confidential data

To access the data, the Idescat researcher help unit will provide the researcher with the keys and passwords to download the information through a secure channel with a VSFTP (very secure file transfer protocol) server.

For any other research to be carried out with the same total or partial set of confidential data provided by Idescat, a new application must be made and the same procedures must be followed.

4. Destruction of confidential data

The researcher or research centre must destroy the data provided by Idescat when the deadline for using them expires. To this end, it must complete a declaration on destruction of confidential data for scientific purposes (PDF) and forward it to the researcher help unit (SAI).

5. Documentation and forms to download

* You can adapt this form to suit your needs (as long as the requested information is included) and you can use any text editing software you wish. Once completed, you must convert it into PDF format, sign it digitally and send it to the Idescat researcher help unit (SAI) at the following address: sai at idescat dot cat.

6. Regulations

The access, use and processing of confidential data for scientific purposes is regulated by Catalan and European legislation, the main provisions of which are set out below.

Any breach of the established regulations by research staff or the research centre is subject to administrative liabilities, without prejudice to the civil and criminal liabilities that may be enforceable before ordinary jurisdiction.

For further information, please contact the Idescat researcher help unit at sai at idescat dot cat.