Launched in 2020, the Analytics Enclave, "Enclave Platform", is a highly secure, privacy-aware, data ecosystem equipped with self-service AI, machine learning, and data science tools that facilitate on-demand data analysis at the project-, program-, or institution-level.
The controlled and protected environment offers authorized users a dedicated, centralized, scalable, and customizable workspace for collaboration on highly confidential or sensitive data with predictable timeframe for completing planned or exploratory analyses.
The Enclave Platform supports cross-institutional collaboration (for example: MGB research community and external clinical industry partners) on MGB data or curated data marts. At present, the Enclave platform has several COVID-19 data marts and project-specific databases.
As of December 1, 2021, the Analytics Platform hosts a total of 78 research projects and over 190 members of the scientific community.
The Enclave Platform has a baseline offering of widely used data science tools
The Enclave Platform is equipped with an array of software programs and applications. These computational resources and data sources are updated regularly.
The Enclave-hosted repositories include CRAN, Bioconductor, PyPI, and more.
Documentation and Statistical Analysis Tools
|Programming Tools||Development Platforms||Databases||Data Stores|
Microsoft Office Suite (Word/Excel/PowerPoint)
RStudio Package Manager (RSPM) - Beta
JAVA Runtime Environment
Java SE Development Kit
IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition
Visual Studio Code
MS SQL Server
ECG Data Files (static data)
Research Project-Specific Databases
Access to the Enclave Platform involves a strict project-specific approval process for each applicant
Access to the Enclave Platform is granted upon completion and submission of the Access Request Form.
On approval, the applicant's Enclave workspace is provisioned per project. They can access their dedicated Enclave Virtual Desktop(s) by logging in with their Mass General Brigham username and password via the VMware Horizon Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).
1. Plan ahead
|2. Complete & submit the online form||3. Application review||4. Enclave workspace provisioning & notification of access approval||5. Access the Enclave Virtual Desktop Computer|
Prepare or organize the data you will bring into the Enclave Platform
Carefully read the requirements for accessing the COVID-19 data. For example, your IRB-approved protocol should describe the proposed use of the COVID-specific identifiable data if access to the the COVID data marts is requested
Note: No cost to MGB-affiliated applicants
Submit the online access request form
The required information include:
a) Project principal investigator's contact information
b) Project information (e.g. title, IRB #, expiration date)
c) Specify whether or not access to the RISC-owned or managed databases is requested
d) Check off database(s) for which access is requested
e) Specify if only project generated or acquired data will be analyzed
Application is reviewed (dates /duration of access and use of the Enclave Platform and specific databases)
Project’s principal investigator approves project member’s access
Analytics Enclave workspace is provisioned
Information on the Enclave Platform access and use requirements is sent to the applicant via email
Access the workspace remotely via VMware Horizon Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) - [Enclave Virtual Desktop (EVD)]
Access the readily-available data analytics tools
Use the project-specific P: Drive for file/data sharing and collaboration
Leverage the technical support for the duration of the project
Leverage technical support to enhance your overall experience with the Enclave Platform
Do you need assistance with the Enclave Platform? We Got You!
In line with the ERIS Service Level Agreement (SLA), the Analytics Enclave team offers support during working hours, from 9:00 to 17:00 on Monday to Friday, on working days. More information on the ERIS SLA is available here.
The support offered includes but is not limited to:
- Onboarding new users.
- Troubleshooting and addressing technical issues or queries.
- Scheduled support sessions.
- Managing requests for additional functionality or feature enhancement.
Please write to AnalyticsEnclaveSupport@partners.org for assistance.