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. 


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.

June 2021

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.