Critical Conjunctions

The Five Safes principles are well documented and are already employed by national statistical agencies in the United Kingdom (Office for National Statistics), Australia (Australian Bureau of Statistics) and New Zealand (Statistics New Zealand – Tatauranga Aotearoa) to make statistical data (safely) available for research.  

The CADRE Five Safes framework is in development and will provide the conceptual foundation on which to structure informatics for decision-support in the platform.  The major aim of the CADRE project is to operationalise the Five Safes through an information exchange system i.e., informatics.  

CADRE informatics are being shaped by the concepts in the Five Safes principles and informed by CADRE partners requirements i.e., what information do sensitive data custodians or brokers need to determine how and/or whether to make sensitive data accessible.   

CADRE informatics will be fed by two data sources: 

  • Australian Access Federation – a requestor’s identity, organisation affiliation, their group membership and authorisations       
  • Research Graph – a requestor’s public scholarly record, and data linkage with ORCiD and other persistent identifiers     

The potential for a third data source is being evaluated:  

  • CADRE settings – request, access, provisioning, accreditation and usage logs   

CADRE partners represent the interests (and responsibilities) of sensitive data owners, custodians and brokers e.g., AIFS and ADA, providers of research environments, e.g., AURIN and AARNet and researchers using quantitative and qualitative data in their research e.g., AIHW and SOCEY.  

At this early stage of the framework development the CADRE Content Working Group has identified and validated critical conceptual (and informational) conjunctions:

  • Key intersections of “safes” as concepts i.e., safe data and safe person
  • Key information alignments i.e., safe person and their organisational affiliation and group membership    

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