February 2022

"RECAP" Summer School: documentation and video

The RECAP preterm cohort study hosted an online summer school last year, overview here, focusing on informing about preterm birth and analyses using DataSHIELD. Several modules have now been made available, here , which may be of interest to the DataSHIELD userbase- specifically, Managing preterm cohort data (module 4), harmonisation (module 3) and also the demo project (module 11).

Access the modules using the buttons below. You can view both the video recordings of lectures and the resources to try it out yourself:

November 2021

DataSHIELD Conference (Online) 10-11 November 2021

The DataSHIELD Advisory Board are organising a two day conference to be held on 10-11 November 2021. This will look to the past, present and future of DataSHIELD and the community, showcasing achievements from the first ten years, highlighting scientific advances that privacy protected distributed analysis has helped facilitate, and providing tasters of new community developments, functionality, and applications,

The agenda will include a mix of talks and demonstrations, and discussion sessions to facilitate DataSHIELD community-led solutions to a range of development and application challenges. See the Agenda on Eventbrite

 This conference is suitable for: 

  • those unfamiliar with DataSHIELD, or who have a potential new use-case and wish to find out more
  • current DataSHIELD users - including researchers and developers
  • those developing new statistical methodology,  functionality or infrastructure for DataSHIELD.  

 We are accepting abstract submissions for short talks relating to scientific advances that have been facilitated using DataSHIELD, with prizes available for the best presentations by Early Career Researchers. In particular, we are looking for examples of how disseminated analysis has been used to facilitate other scientific progress; presentations may therefore relate to scientific advances in any field.

 We also welcome proposals for demonstrations or discussion sessions on any topic related to DataSHIELD technical & methodological development, usecases or ethico-legal-social issues.  In order to compile an agenda relevant for the DataSHIELD contributor community, the abstract deadline is Thursday 30 September 2021.

For further details, see our Events page. 

July 2021

July DataSHIELD Newcomers' Workshop

Thanks for coming to our July Workshop! It was lovely to see you there.

Here are some links to materials you may find useful:

We are planning to have the next Newcomers' workshop in early September, which we will publicise closer to the time; hope to see you there if you missed this one!

June 2021

Partnership with vantage6

Please cllick the link to the left to discover more about an exciting new collaboration.

First DataSHIELD Newcomers' Workshop

We introduced newcomers to the DataSHIELD non-disclosive statistical software package, all the key features to get started, and where to go next in their analyses. 

The accompanying R Markdown Script that you can use to practice writing DataSHIELD code yourself is on google drive: to download  click here

If you couldn't make this June session- don’t worry, we plan to repeat (and fine-tune) this presentation monthly for the foreseeable future.

May 2021

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.

January 2021

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.

Topics included 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:
- bookdown:
- shiny app bookdown:
- shiny app:

June 2020

Beginners' Workshop

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.

IPD & Mediation Analysis (Advanced) Workshop

Online workshop for DataSHIELD advanced users featuring Professor Paul Burton, Newcastle University and Tom Bishop, Cambridge University.

The focus of this two-hour workshop was to demonstrate IPD and mediation analysis.

Check out the rest of our video content on our DataSHIELD YouTube channel !