DataSHIELD provides a novel technological solution that can circumvent some of the most basic challenges in facilitating the access of researchers and other health care professionals to individual level data. Although initially developed for work in the biomedical and social sciences, DataSHIELD can be used in any setting where microdata (data on individual subjects) must be analysed but cannot physically be shared with the research users.

DataSHIELD is a flexible, modular, free, open-source solution ideally placed to grow a broad user and development community.

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