HRS Restricted Data


New Online RDA System to launch November 7th

On November 7th, HRS will launch a new online system to submit Restricted Data Agreement (RDA) applications and modifications. Read more.

Some data resources in the HRS are restricted meaning they are available only under special agreement because they contain sensitive and/or confidential information.

Accessing the Data

There are two ways to access the data: the virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) system and traditional licensing.

VDI: Nearly all restricted data can be accessed through the VDI system that allows users to remotely connect through a secure connection from their own desktop to a secure data enclave that houses the restricted data. HRS provides access to the VDI free of charge.

Traditional License: In some circumstances users may need to apply to obtain and use HRS restricted data on their own secure systems under the traditional license. Reasons may include:

  • Custom software not supported in the VDI
  • Custom hardware configurations which cannot be mimicked in the VDI
  • Large third party data sets
  • Contracts with third parties that prohibit the hosting of their data in the VDI (i.e. CMS)