Key Info
Description - a brief synopsis, abstract or summary of what the learning resource is about: 

ResearchVault is a secure computing environment where scientists and collaborators can conduct research on restricted and confidential data.

ResearchVault (also known as ResVault) is designed to act as a workstation that is secure and pre-approved with the capacity for large-scale data storage and computation. Researchers can:

Securely store restricted data like:

  • electronic protected health information (ePHI) (HIPAA)
  • export-controlled data (ITAR/EAR)
  • student data (FERPA)
  • controlled unclassified information (CUI)
  • intellectual property data (IP)

Store and work with larger data sets than is possible on a regular workstation
Perform work on stored data sets with familiar software tools running on virtual machines located in the UF data center
Concurrently run more programs than on a regular workstation
Display work results on a graphical interface that is securely transmitted to remote devices such as desktops, laptops, or iPads
Work collaboratively with other researchers on the same data sets using different workstations.

The system is modeled on a bank vault where you receive:

An individual deposit box with secure storage for valuables
Privacy from other users and bank staff
A secure area within the vault to privately access your valuables

ResVault is available to University of Florida faculty and students.  People not associated with UF can be sponsored by faculty at UF.  Training materials available from the ResVault home page include an introductory / overview video, and a recording of a training session on the research administration for restricted data that was given on Oct 12, 2018. The recording is available from the UF Media Website. It describes how the requirement for using special IT infrastructure is handled and how the right environment for each project is determined, as well as the training requirements for project participants.

Authoring Organization(s) Name: 
University of Florida Research Computing
Access Cost: 
No fee
Primary language(s) in which the learning resource was originally published or made available: 
More info about
Keywords - short phrases describing what the learning resource is about: 
Data access
Data archiving
Data backup
Data handling
Data management
Data storage
Restricted data
Publisher - organization credited with publishing or broadcasting the learning resource: 
University of Florida Research Computing
Media Type - designation of the form in which the content of the learning resource is represented, e.g., moving image: 
Collection - a group or set of items that comprise a single learning resource, e.g., a PDF version of a slide presentation, an audio file of the presentation and a textual representation of the oral transcription of the presentation.
Contact Organization(s): 
University of Florida Research Computing
Educational Info
Purpose - primary educational reason for which the learning resource was created: 
Professional Development - increasing knowledge and capabilities related to managing the data produced, used or re-used, curated and/or archived.
Learning Resource Type - category of the learning resource from the point of view of a professional educator: 
Lesson - detailed description of an element of instruction in a course, [could be] contained in a unit of one or more lessons, and used by a teacher to guide class instruction. Example: presentation slides on a topic.
Target Audience - intended audience for which the learning resource was created: 
Data manager
Data professional
Early-career research scientist
Mid-career research scientist
Repository manager
Research faculty
Research scientist
Intended time to complete - approximate amount of time the average student will take to complete the learning resource: 
More than 1 hour (but less than 1 day)