Analysing the data

Conduct analysis on the data in a secure environment and utilise the wide range of tools we provide.

The Our Future Health Trusted Research Environment

A Trusted Research Environment (TRE) allows you to access, explore and analyse data.

The Our Future Health TRE is a highly secure computing environment, where you can access the Our Future Health data you’ve applied for.

The TRE is subject to rules, monitoring, and strict controls to protect the data and participants' privacy.


Conducting analysis in our TRE

 The Our Future Health TRE has a range of tools available for analysing the data.

Analysis tools in our TRE

Tool

Description

Jupyter lab with R, Python and Stata

A notebook that allows you to explore, analyse, visualise and report on data for publications.

It includes a standard ‘single node’ option and a 'spark cluster enabled’ option to handle high volumes of data.

Cohort browser

Create a cohort by filtering on data set characteristics.

Command line interface

Upload, browse, organise data and launch analysis programatically.

Airlock

Import and export code and files (for example scripts and packages) within the TRE.

Swiss army knife for genomic tooling

Conduct genomic analyses through swiss army knife enabled toolkits including, PLINK (versions 1 and 2), VCFtools, BEDTools, BOLT-LLM, and more.

See the full list of TRE tools available in the TRE tools library.

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Transferring TRE data

We must make sure that the data is being accessed securely, used appropriately, and that we protect people’s privacy. Because of this, you must submit a transfer request from within the TRE if you want to:

  • upload your own data to use alongside Our Future Health data
  • use your own analysis tools
  • download data and use it outside of the TRE

You will not be able to share data across multiple studies that you might have.

For more information about transferring data and restrictions in the TRE, read the DNAnexus documentation on Importing and exporting files through the airlock.

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Accessing the data in a different TRE

If you think our TRE will not be able to meet your research needs, for example, if you’ve developed complex software or analytical tools that would be hard to recreate, you can apply to access the data using a different TRE.

To find out more, contact access@ourfuturehealth.org.uk.

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Updated: 09 January 2024