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

Remember to come to our regular Tuesday morning drop in sessions to show us your code and any questions you may have about it!

We recently ran a beginners workshop; you can find the recording below.

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.

Partnership with vantage6

The federated learning landscape is evolving incredibly fast. This is in large part due to its fantastic community, which is pushing the boundaries of what decentralized analysis can do. Moreover, the intrinsic nature of this technology promotes collaborations across different parties.

As one of these collaborations, we are thrilled to announce a partnership between DataSHIELD and vantage6. In case you don’t know, vantage6 is a priVAcy preserviNg federaTed leArning infrastructurE for Secure Insight eXchange. It is a modern and flexible architecture capable of supporting various data sources and study types that is being continuously developed by the federated learning community and is mostly maintained by IKNL (the Integraal Kankercentrum Netherland, or Netherlands Comprehensive Cancer Organization). You can learn more about them here.

What is the purpose of this partnership?

Our objective is to leverage the best of these two solutions: we want to make the extensive DataSHIELD toolset available through vantage6. In other words, users of vantage6 will be able to use the well curated and carefully reviewed analysis methods in DataSHIELD, all while keeping the data of each party safe. Read more on our blog post here.

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First DataSHIELD Newcomers' Workshop


We will show newcomers to the DataSHIELD non-disclosive statistical software package, all the key features to get started, and to know where to go next in their analyses. The workshop will last 1h30, with at least the last 20 mins dedicated to specific questions you may have. Please note these are intended to be beginner level questions, relevant to all newcomers.

Please register for the workshop by emailing datashield@newcastle.ac.uk and providing your NameInstitution Projects you are involved with.

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

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!