Data Storage

Offline Facilities

IGS Datalab offers various solutions for storing and handling sensitive data, from sharing data with collaborating researchers to securing highly sensitive data in the IGS DataVault.

The secure IGS Datalab room

If you want to use the IGS Datalab room, you can pick up the key at the IGS office, Ravelijn building, room 1438. You have to sign the key list when you receive the key and after you bring it back.


The IGS Datalab room offers personal lockers to put in any personal belongings like a phone.

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IGS DataVault

IGS Datalab offers a safe environment for both respondents and researchers for (the handling of) data by providing offline facilities that allow researchers to handle sensitive information (including personal details of the highest risk level). At this moment IGS Datalab has a room available in which you can use a stand-alone computer and a vault.

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Datasets containing personal data which have to comply with the Dutch Data Protection Act should not be uploaded to DDN. These data can be stored in the safe environment provided by IGS-datalab.

IronKey USB drives

IGS Datalab has a number of encrypted USB sticks available for researchers to securely store and carry research data. Data can be stored password protected and encrypted. Sensitive data needs to be stored on a USB stick and not on the PC. A USB stick can be borrowed for the entire duration of the project and can be taken home or stored in the vault after leaving the room. Upon completing the project, the USB stick must be given back to us.

Facilities in the IGS Datalab room

  • Dell PC intel I7 3.4 GhZ for processing data (not network connected)
    - Monitor: 2 x LG Flattron 24”(60cm)
    - Printer: HP Laserjet 1536dfn
  • Terminal (PC) to connect to Statistics Netherlands (authorization with a fingerscanner)
  • Paper shredder


  • Office 2010
  • QSR Nvivo
  • IBM Spss Statistics
  • Stata 13


The IGS Datalab room does not offer a phone connection, a phone connection is not part of the standard facilities.


The secure room offers two desks, one desk is set up to work on the PC (two monitors) and a second desk for other work.