A software solution

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.

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Upcoming Events: 

e-Rum 2020:

Patricia Ryser-Welch leads a 3 hour workshop at the biennial conference that brings the R User Community of Europe together. The subject matter, Non-disclosive federated analysis in R, is at the heart of what DataSHIELD brings to researchers. Link

DataSHIELD workshops June 2020:

Two workshops have been arranged to cater for both beginner and advanced needs. More workshops will become available in the future subject to demand!

DataSHIELD Advanced users workshop: Thursday 18th June, 1-3pm. In the two-hour workshop for more advanced users, Paul Burton, Tom Bishop and Demetris Avraam will be demonstrating IPD analysis and mediation analysis. Registration closed. Event over. The recording will be posted shortly, please look out for future workshops being advertised through DataSHIELD social media!

DataSHIELD Beginners users workshop: Tuesday 23rd June, 10-11am. In the one-hour beginners’ workshop, Alex Westerberg and Tom Bishop will demonstrate the basics of login, basic functions and forums within DataSHIELD and there will be plenty of time for questions. Registration ends: Monday 22 June 2020.

To register: 

Please register for either or both of these workshops by sending an email to with the following information:

  • Name
  • Institution
  • Project(s) you’re involved in (EUCAN, Lifecycle, Longitools, Athlete….)
  • Workshop(s) you would like to attend

To attend:

Those who signed up to attend in time will receive an email containing all the relevant details including the access instructions for the zoom call where each is taking place. 

What is DataSHIELD?

DataSHIELD is open-source software for the remote/federated non-disclosive 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(s).

Further information can be found in our about section.

How to get help using DataSHIELD

There are a variety of resources provided:

Direct questions can be posted on the forums. Areas are designated into Beginner, Analyst, Developer and Statistician categories.

Queries about bespoke user support and also user training classes can be made to our email address,

Many subjects are covered in detail on the wiki- articles are available in both step by step instruction and general article format.

DataSHIELD twitter feed

 See our other News posts.


This section of the website contains details about the DataSHIELD research project including: