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International Population Data Linkage Conference takes place in Wales

Over 450 data scientists from 20 countries and six continents travelled to Wales to take part in a week-long conference showcasing cutting edge developments in population data linkage research.

Held at Swansea University and hosted by the team behind the SAIL Databank, the International Population Data Linkage Conference 2016 saw researchers, policy makers, practitioners, regulators and data guardians from across the globe come together to discuss research using linked data and best practice on the theme of ‘Linking Data – Improving Lives’.

The conference, from 22-26 August, was organised by the International Population Data Linkage Network (IPDLN), a global organisation that facilitates communication between centres that specialise in data linkage in collaboration with The Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research and the Administrative Data Research Network. 

The IPDLN Conference - Panel discussion

The week-long conference kicked off with two days of pre-conference workshops featuring a PhD and early career researcher Summer School with the main conference running from Wednesday 24 to Friday 26 August. Featuring a number of eminent globally recognised keynote speakers detailing the data linkage advancements in their countries, the conference boasted a packed programme that included over 330 presentations in a combination of oral and rapid fire presentations and innovative multi-media poster presentations.

Every two years, directorship of the IPDLN moves. For 2015-16 the role is occupied by Professor David Ford, Director of the SAIL Databank and the Administrative Data Research Network. The next directorship and conference will be held in Banff, Canada. 

Prof. David Ford, Director of the IPDLN 

Speaking during the conference, Professor David Ford said: “This event builds upon a history of IPDLN conferences across the globe and it is both an honour and a privilege for Swansea to host it this year. Wales, a small nation, has distinguished itself both in the UK and internationally, by being at the forefront of developments in secure data linkage research for a number of years.

“IPDLN 2016 was influenced significantly by the data linkage landscape in the UK and the research entities that we are proud to have here. Working together with our fellow colleagues we created a conference that provided opportunities to learn of the exciting advances, techniques and approaches taken by others in a highly stimulating, informative and useful programme of scientific talks and presentations while providing ample opportunity to develop global collaborations within the data linkage community.”

The IPDLN facilitates communication between centres that specialise in data linkage and users of the linked data.


Written by ADRC-Wales staff and published on the ADRN blog under Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-SA 4.0. Images used with permission.

Published on 5 September 2016

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