The Research Database Complex (RDC) at Indiana University

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System overview

The Indiana University Research Database Complex supports research-related databases and data-intensive applications that require databases. The RDC supports MySQL databases and provides an environment for database-driven web applications focusing on research.

The RDC is strictly devoted to supporting research. The RDC is not an instructional, classroom environment. For RDC usage policies, including information about your responsibilities for maintaining database security and acknowledging grant support, see IU RDC usage policies.

The RDC supports MySQL Enterprise Server.

User home directories reside on a network-attached storage (NAS) device. You have a 100 GB (default) disk quota, which is shared with your accounts on IU's research computing systems.

Owners of RDC MySQL database accounts are responsible for creating backups of their databases.

Before storing data on this system, make sure you understand the information in the Working with data containing PHI section (below).

The RDC maintenance window is the second Sunday of each month, 7am-7pm. Notice of any emergency downtime will be posted at Status.IU.

Working with data containing PHI

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) established rules protecting the privacy and security of individually identifiable health information. The HIPAA Privacy Rule and Security Rule set national standards requiring organizations and individuals to implement certain administrative, physical, and technical safeguards to maintain the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of protected health information (PHI).

This system meets certain requirements established in the HIPAA Security Rule that enable its use for research involving data that contain protected health information (PHI). You may use this resource for research involving data that contain PHI only if you institute additional administrative, physical, and technical safeguards that complement those UITS already has in place.

Although PHI is one type of institutional data classified as Critical at IU, other types of institutional data classified as Critical are not permitted on Research Technologies systems. For help determining which institutional data elements classified as Critical are considered PHI, see About protected health information (PHI) data elements in the classifications of institutional data .

For more, see Your legal responsibilities for protecting data containing protected health information (PHI) when using UITS Research Technologies systems and services.

For help with HIPAA-related issues on UITS systems, contact UITS HIPAA Consulting.

System access

Request an RDC account

To request an account on an Indiana University research system, see Get additional IU computing accounts. Account availability depends on your eligibility.

Request an RDC database account

Use the RDC Database and Web Services Account Application to request an RDC database account.

You can request a group RDC database account if your group has an established IU group account username, but you must provide the IU usernames of everyone who will be permitted to use the group database account. The person requesting the group database account will be considered the owner and responsible party for the account, and is expected to communicate system downtimes and other system information to the group.

You will receive a message in email confirming the creation of your database. Your database login credentials and information about connecting to your database will be sent separately. contact RDC Administration to have your database password reset.

Connect to your RDC database

For instructions on connecting to your RDC database, see Access your MySQL database on the RDC at IU.

Application development

In addition to hosting research databases, the RDC provides an environment for developing database-driven web applications with a research focus. For details, see Web Services on the IU Research Database Complex.

Get help

For MySQL documentation, see the MySQL Reference Manual.

Support for IU research computing systems, software, and services is provided by the Research Technologies division of UITS. To ask a question or get help, contact Research Technologies.

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