How can BELab be accessed?

Researchers interested in accessing BELab should send a CV together with a list of their research activities and the application form File PDF: Opens in new window (1 MB) (*). The documents should be sent using the contact form on this same page. The application form also contains information on the co-authors not seeking access to the BELab data and the institutions backing them. The type of access selected (on-site, remote or mixed access) should also be indicated.

The BELab Research Technical Evaluation Committee shall, after receiving the application, determine the applicant’s suitability for access to the microdata. It shall then communicate its decision by email to the applicant’s address.

Researchers whose research project is approved shall have on-site, remote or mixed access to the BELab laboratory (depending on the type of access chosen) over the commonly agreed period that is authorised, with the restrictions (identification card, timetable, etc.) and limitations (access without mobile devices) indicated in the “Guide to how BELab works File PDF: Opens in new window (392 KB)”.

Access to output

External researchers working with Banco de España microdata are responsible for ensuring that the results of their calculations comply with data confidentiality requirements. Compliance with these requirements is further checked by BELab staff in the so-called Output Control process. If these requirements are not met, the results of the calculations cannot be extracted and therefore cannot be published. To make compliance easier, a guide on output control File PDF: Opens in new window (341 KB) is made available to researchers with the principles and rules that help to comply with the data confidentiality regulation.

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