UA Soteria FAQs

Q: Why is it called Soteria?
A: In Greek mythology, Soteria was the goddess or spirit of safety and salvation, deliverance, and preservation from harm

Q: Will this satisfy NIH guidelines for data storage and practices?
A: Yes, UA Soteria is in compliance with the most recent NIH guidelines, including for genomic data.

Q: Will there be HPC capabilities for protected data?
A: Yes, the UA Soteria has a dedicated HPC cluster exclusive to its users with the same compliance standards.

Q: Will I be able to share my analysis apps built in this environment?
A: UA Soteria has R Studio Connect capabilities which allow for publishing and distribution of fully de-identified data and results.

Q: Will it support Jupyter notebooks?
A: Yes. UA Soteria uses CyVerse Health and RStudio Connect which have Jupyter notebooks, R Markdown, R Shiny, AWS capabilities and more.

Q: Will I need significant technical expertise?
A: No, you won’t need to know any software engineering, only the technical knowledge required to run the programs you already use. Our programmers, engineers and IT managers will handle the rest.

Q: Will I be able to share my data or work with external collaborators?
A: So long as your collaborator has a UA Net ID or the ability to get one they will be able to access UA Soteria with approval.

Q: Can I use UA Soteria to publish my dataset?
A: You can work with the CB2 honest brokering service to completely de-identify your data for public storage or publishing. We hope to work with the Libraries’ ReDATA project to curate a collection of de-identified healthcare datasets as the project progresses.

Q: Can I import code off of GitHub?
A: Yes but you will not be able to export code to GitHub, given the sensitive nature of information stored in the environment.

Q: How will this work with RIA data requests and IRB approval?
A: UAHS RIA, IRB, and HIPAA offices are all aware of and in communication with UA Soteria operations. While both RIA and IRB have recently undergone significant changes, these new operating systems will lend themselves well to the cloud-based nature of UA Soteria and work to get you, the researcher, doing your important work faster.