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International Population Data Linkage Network (IPDLN)

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About the IPDLN

The IPDLN facilitates communication between centres that specialize in data linkage and users of linked data. The producers and users alike are committed to the systematic application of data linkage to produce community benefit in the population and health-related domains. Participants from Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand attended the 2008 inaugural meeting of the IPDLN (then known as the IHDLN), held in London, UK and hosted by the Research and Development Directorate of the National Health Service. The IPDLN now boasts over 400 members.

Every two years, directorship of the IPDLN moves sites. ICES and the O’Brien Institute for Public Health at the University of Calgary have assumed co-directorship for 2017-2018.

Interim Executive Team 2017-18

Call for Abstracts – 2018 International Population Data Linkage Network Conference

The 2018 International Population Data Linkage Network (IPDLN) Conference will be held at the Banff Centre in Banff National Park on September 12-14, with a pre-conference day on September 11.

Submission of abstracts, oral, poster, rapid fire and creative presentations are welcome. IPDLN is also inviting proposals for International Collaborative Sessions – a formal item in the concurrent program – to facilitate discussion around issues and topics in the area of linked population data science and policy impact. The submission deadline is March 1, 2018. For more information, visit the IPDLN website.

The conference sub-themes build on those from the previous biennial IPDLN conferences and include innovations in population data science and linkage; privacy, regulation and governance including public engagement; advanced data analytics and emerging data types; and policy impact IPDLN members come from a wide range of jurisdictions and professional backgrounds allowing for a unique exchange of best practice, novel approaches and leading edge research across these topics in linked population data science and policy impact.

International Journal of Population Data Science

The International Journal of Population Data Science, is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles “on all aspects of research, development and evaluation connected with data about people and populations.” The creation of the IJPDS was inspired by the IPDLN.The journal has a regular section for topics of particular interest to the IPDLN sub-edited by the director(s) of the network. The inaugural edition features an editorial by Dr. Michael Schull, ICES CEO, and Dr. William Ghali, Director of the O'Brien Institute for Public Health, on the opportunities inherent in the growing network.