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MDAP Panel Series: Working with sensitive data and on secure environments

The panel will discuss the complexities of working in secure environments and with sensitive data from different perspectives.

Thursday 28 October 2021

1.30 PM – 3 PM AEDT

The panel will be held online via Zoom.

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Dr Helena Lynn

Dr Helena Lynn is Program Manager of Research Data Management at the University of Melbourne. She holds a BSc and PhD in Molecular Virology from the University of Sydney. Following her PhD, Helena transitioned into research support and strategy. This work ranged from the support and training of researchers in research data management tools to the design of student experience at the University of Sydney’s proposed new campus in western Sydney. As part of the Petascale Campus Initiative since 2019, Helena is now tasked with ensuring researchers at the University of Melbourne have the necessary tools, resources, and support to manage their research data in a rapidly evolving regulatory and technological environment.


Professor Dougie Boyle

Professor Dougie Boyle is Director of the Research Information Technology Unit and advisor and collaborator with the Australian Digital Health Agency (ADHA). His areas of expertise include: automated ethical data acquisition at an enterprise level, data confidentiality, security, consent, governance and curation, data linkage using cryptographic hashing with probabilistic properties, data stewardship, data wrangling and knowledge representation, epidemiology and pharmacoepidemiology, and translational research and the implementation of technologies disease prevention.

Professor Abigail Payne

Professor Abigail Payne is the Director of the leading Australian institute on applied economic and social research. The Institute has a team of more than 50 academic researchers that are engaged in research on various microeconomic and macroeconomic topics including health, labour, education, housing, social disadvantage, macro, and public economics.

Dr Kristal Spreadborough

Dr Kristal Spreadborough is a Research Data Specialist in the Melbourne Data Analytics Platform. She works across the fields of humanities, arts, and social sciences. She has an interest in sensitive data, and digital and data ethics. Some of her current engagements include co-chairing the Sensitive Data Interest Group with the Research Data Alliance, projects with the Centre for AI and Digital Ethics on “Art, AI, and Digital ethics” and “Pervasive Devices”, and collaborations with the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music at the intersect of music, data, and ethics.


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