INDIGO is not the place to submit confidential, private, or sensitive data. It is not HIPAA compliant. However, you may have data available for re-use stored in secure restricted locations, that individuals with the correct authorization and security could in fact be granted access for re-use. Using INDIGO, it is possible to create metadata only records in INDIGO, in order to make others aware of the potential availability of the data. The information provided in the INDIGO record would include the processes and procedures potential data re-use users may follow in order to submit a request to gain access to this data.
The reasons you may publish a metadata only record include:
To create and submit a metadata only record in INDIGO, you will not submit the dataset itself. The following information will be needed about the data:
Documentation about the datasets (README files, Data Dictionaries, data use policies or agreements, sample data)
Please review the information provided on How to Prepare your Data for Deposit.
The intent of INDIGO is to make scholarly materials directly related to scholarship available to others. There are times because of privacy and HIPAA concerns, it is not possible to attach a data file to INDIGO. Metadata only records are reserved for datasets when it is not possible due to privacy concerns or other requirements to upload the dataset directly into INDIGO. The intent of the Metadata only records is to make others aware of the availability of the data, while not providing direct access to the data. See the Metadata Only Records tab for more information on how to upload metadata only records for datasets.
Metadata only records for formats other than datasets (i.e. links to full-text of publications on other websites) will generally not be approved.