This wiki houses the DataSHIELD installation, user and developer documentation.

DataSHIELD is an international open source software project led by the D2K research group, in the Population Health Sciences Institute at Newcastle University, UK.

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What is DataSHIELD?

DataSHIELD is a software solution for secure bioscience collaboration.

Analysis requests are sent from a central analysis machine to several data-holding machines storing the harmonised data to be co-analysed. The data sets are analysed simultaneously but in parallel, linked by non-disclosive summary statistics. Analysis is taken to the data – not the data to the analysis.

Further in-depth explanations can be found in the website's "About" section.



Our twitter feed and descriptions of recent and upcoming events can be found at our website's "News" section.

Recent events that took place in June 2020 include the DataSHIELD beginner and advanced users' workshop, recordings of which are available on our D2K Youtube Channel.


Analysing with DataSHIELD



Developing DataSHIELD


Maintenance and Data Provision

Previous Releases

  • Version 4 Archive (Released March 2015, deprecated, use only for backwards compatibility)
  • Version 5 Archive (Released September 2019, deprecated, use only for backwards compatibility)
  • Version 6.0 Archive (Released June 2020, deprecated, use only for backwards compatibility)

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