About the Network | www.ipdln.org Home Data linkage centres Activites & events Membership The International Population Data Linkage Conference 2016 is now closed. We have changed our name to the International Population Data Linkage Network Interested in use or management of population-based, longitudinal, linked data? Consider becoming a member. About the Network What is data linkage? Secondary use of linked administrative data is often referred to as ‘data linkage,’ ‘record linkage,’ or ‘linked data.’ This is typically population based longitudinal data that has originally been collected for another purpose. Linkage may take place across data sets in a single domain (i.e. health) or across domains (i.e. health, education, environment, early childhood, etc.) Why is it important? Data linkage is an invaluable tool for population health research. It provides a completely unbiased picture of the entire population, is cost-effective relative to other data collection mechanisms, and enables studies to be done that could not otherwise be performed. The Network role The International Population Data Linkage Network (IPDLN) facilitates communication between centres that specialize in data linkage and users of the 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. Over 30 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 Network moves sites. For 2015-2016 SAIL Databank, led by Professor David Ford, has taken the Director role. We have changed our name! We have changed our name from the International Health Data Linkage Network (IHDLN) to the International Population Data Linkage Network (IPDLN) to more accurately reflect the nature of research done by members. Updates 2016 IPDLN Conference is now closed. The IPDLN YouTube channel is now live with Conference videos Highlights from DHA Open Innovation Conference 2015 Population Data Jobs Become a member Membership of the IPDLN is free and open to any individual that supports the purpose of the network. More information Contact us For further information about this initiative, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright ? 2017, www.ipdln.org Developed by Devsaran.