A software solution for secure bioscience collaboration

DataSHIELD is an infrastructure and series of R packages that enables the remote and non-disclosive analysis of sensitive research data. Users are not required to have prior knowledge of R.

What Is DataSHIELD?

DataSHIELD is an open-source software for the privacy-preserving analysis of biomedical, healthcare and social-science data.

Crucially, the data remain secure behind the firewalls on the system where they usually reside, and under the complete control of their primary custodian.

Latest DataSHIELD News

Upcoming Events

We're currently planning a series of monthly workshops for beginners from June 2021. Contact us at datashield@newcastle.ac.uk to express your interest. 

New Update: Version 6.1.1


We have just released the lastest update of DataSHIELD - a maintenance update for the main Version 6.1 release which went live in the latter part of last year. The full update notes are available at our latest release page.

We have also started planning the release of DataSHIELD v6.2. Now would be a good time for feedback on what you would like to see featured in it. Please post a request on forum (sign up for free) or use our Get in Touch page regarding this.
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Dropin Sessions

join Tim Cadman and the DataSHIELD team every Tuesday morning between 10.00-11.00am (GMT) for an informal Q&A session - Zoom link here 

DataSHIELD progress last year


DataSHIELD progress in 2020 includes new International Advisory Board - read more

We also ran 4 successful DataSHIELD workshops, including DIY elements- see below for the video recordings (Summer 2020, Winter 2020)

Beginners' workshop, ATHLETE GA

An extended example of DataSHIELD for beginners, this workshop lasted 2 hours and was customised for the needs of the ATHLETE consortium users who were beginning to use the software for their analyses.

Resources covered include logging in, summary statistics, sub-setting, plotting, and modelling.

You can follow along to the topics discussed within the video using materials found at the wiki page here.

Resources Workshop (Jan 2021)

The introduction to resources in DataSHIELD workshop was presented by Juan Ramon Gonzalez of ISGlobal and Yannick Marcon of Obiba.

Subjects discussed included Resources and the RShiny app. Timestamped chapters are available (click to view on youtube if not appearing in the embedded video).

- workshop material: https://github.com/obiba/resources-wo...
- bookdown:
https://isglobal-brge.github.io/resou...
- shiny app bookdown:
https://isglobal-brge.github.io/Shiny...
- shiny app:
https://datashield-demo.obiba.org

Beginners' Workshop (Jun 2020)

Online workshop for DataSHIELD advanced users featuring Professor Paul Burton, Newcastle University and Tom Bishop, Cambridge University.The focus of this two-hour workshop is to demonstrate IPD analysis and mediation analysis.

Advanced Workshop (Jun 2020)

Online workshop for DataSHIELD advanced users featuring Professor Paul Burton, Newcastle University and Tom Bishop, Cambridge University.The focus of this two-hour workshop is to demonstrate IPD analysis and mediation analysis.

Check out the rest on our D2K YouTube channel!