The Data Access Support Hub (DASH) is a one-stop data access service portal for researchers requiring multi-jurisdictional data in Canada.
To begin the data access request process, you will need to sign up for a free DASH account.
DASH aims to:
- Provide transparent and readily available information on the availability of data assets, common algorithms, and data access processes
- Provide coordinated data access support to researchers
- Collect feedback for meaningful DASH performance reporting and continuous process improvement
- Over time, harmonize, streamline, and automate the multi-jurisdictional data access process in Canada where possible.
DASH services are provided by a multi-centre coordination team from various provincial/territorial data centres and pan-Canadian organizations, including the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) and Statistics Canada.
DASH will support its partners and Indigenous groups across Canada in building data governance agreements guided by Indigenous data sovereignty principles. It also supports and respects OCAP® (Ownership, Control, Access and Possession) Principles when requesting, accessing and using First Nations data, as set out by the First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC). Learn more.
Coming Spring 2020:
As we launch DASH, we will be making improvements. These include:
- Launch of the multi-jurisdictional Algorithms inventory
- Translation of the Data Assets, Data Access Processes and multi-jurisdictional Algorithms inventories into French
- Increase the quantity and level of detail in the inventories
- Enhanced search functions for the inventories
DASH was created as part of the Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) Canadian Data Platform. In this initial phase, access requests from researchers from SPOR Support Units and Networks, as well as recipients of Innovative Clinical Trials (iCT) grants, will be prioritized.
DASH is supported by CIHR’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) and by federal, provincial, and territorial partners.