How to create a permission
When you give another user permission to reference your dataset, they can write queries which analyse your data. Typically (but not necessarily), they will connect it with their own datasets, generating statistics that draw from the combination of your data and theirs.
Even when you give another user permission to reference your dataset, they cannot see your raw data. They can reference it only in statistical queries, which return aggregated results that cannot be traced back to individuals.
Giving another user permission to reference your dataset
To allow another user to reference your dataset, you need to use the Platform to set up a permission.
Before you can set up a permission for a dataset, you must already have created that dataset. For more details of this process, see publishing a dataset.
You can set up a permission for a dataset even if you haven't yet imported or published any data. The other user will not be able to reference your data until you have published it.
To give another user permission to reference a dataset:
- Log on to Platform, if you haven't already.
- Switch to the Outgoing Permissions tab and select the New Permission button.
- Identify the dataset or datasets you want to give permission for, using the Public Name.
- Enter the email address of the person you want to give permission to.
If they are already registered for InfoSum Platform, it's worth asking them which email address they used, so that the permission you're creating can be associated with their existing account. Once you've created the permission, the email address will be saved for easy re-use and can be deleted by clicking on the Edit Saved Addresses button.
The permissions setting table shown below will then appear, where you can define how the recipient can use your dataset. The most restrictive settings are selected by default. After you've created the permission, you can edit these settings at any time. Please see the types of permissions article for information on your options.
Once you click Add, you can see your new permission by switching to the Outgoing Permissions tab.
Outgoing permissions are ones that you have given to other people; incoming permissions are ones that they have given to you. For more detail on this, see permissions overview.
The status icon tells you that the other user still needs to accept your permission.
If you gave the other user permission to access more than one dataset, you'll see that those datasets are listed separately on the Outgoing Permissions tab. From now on, these are treated as separate permissions, which you will manage individually.