Welcome to my.popdata

This website provides access to a variety of online resources. Access to some parts of this site will require you to login using your PopData account. If you don't already have an account, you may register for one here.

PLEASE NOTE: Access to parts of this site requires agreement to the terms and conditions of the my.popdata Privacy Policy.


Researcher tools and resources

DARonline

Our online data application request (DAR) system.

  • Researchers applying for data through PopData
  • Data Stewards and their affiliates reviewing applications

Select DARonline from the drop down menu under the Researcher Tools tab. You will need a my.popdata account to log in. If you don’t have an account, please visit https://my.popdata.bc.ca/accounts/register/.

AppTracker

Realtime access to detailed project status information.

AppTracker access is automatically provided for the project’s applicant, coordinator, and team members with SRE access.

Access can be provided for any of the team members on the project. Please have the project coordinator contact the Data Access Unit if you wish to receive access for the projects you are currently involved with.

Select AppTracker from the drop down menu under the Researcher Tools tab. You will need a my.popdata account to log in. If you don’t have an account, please visit https://my.popdata.bc.ca/accounts/register/.

Metadata Central

Access to file and field level summaries for selected data sets.

  • Researchers or project team members at any stage of the data application (DAR) process (feasibility, initial, proposed, applied or approved)
  • Anyone affiliated with a research or public institution, including health authorities, (e.g BC Centre for Disease Control) and Public Service Agencies (e.g. BC Coroners Service)
  • Data Stewards and/or designated affiliates
  • Students enrolled in one of our Education and Training Unit courses

Select Metadata Central from the drop down menu under the Researcher Tools tab. You will need a my.popdata account to log in. If you don’t have an account, please visit https://my.popdata.bc.ca/accounts/register/.

PLEASE NOTE: Access to Metadata Central is NOT AVAILABLE to users outside of Canada.

BC Data Scout™

A data query service providing cohort information in the form of highly aggregated, approximate results to researchers who are planning a study using Ministry of Health Data.

Researchers

Per Section 5 of the Research Data Access Framework (RDAF), “A researcher is: Either a student, teacher, or other individual enrolled, appointed or employed by any of the following:

  • A university, where the university status is defined under the BC University Act
  • A college, university college or provincial institute as defined under the Colleges and Institute Act R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 52
  • The Open Learning Agency as continued under the Open Learning Agency Act R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 34
  • Royal Roads University continued under the Royal Roads University Act R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 409
  • Another equivalent educational institution in another jurisdiction outside BC but within Canada”

Student Researchers

A student researcher of a Canadian University or equivalent institution per the University Act. Student Researchers MUST be affiliated with a Canadian academic principal investigator.

Members of a Research Team

A member of a research team that may be employed by or affiliated with a research or public institution including Health Authorities and Public Service Agencies. This category of user will have their account linked to the Principal Investigator of the project or program under which they are working. Members of a research team MUST be affiliated with a Canadian academic principal investigator.

Select BC Data Scout from the drop down menu under the Researcher Tools tab. You will need a my.popdata account to log in. If you don’t have an account, please visit https://my.popdata.bc.ca/accounts/register/.

Snippets

A place where researchers and data analysts can share various bits or snippets of code they have written.

Any individual with a my.popdata account

Select Snippets from the drop down menu under the Researcher Tools tab. You will need a my.popdata account to log in. If you don’t have an account, please visit https://my.popdata.bc.ca/accounts/register/.

Secure Research Environment

Instructions on how to use the SRE, and check machine availability and quotas.

Team members approved for accessing their project’s data

REMINDER: Accessing the SRE outside of Canada is NOT PERMITTED.

For more information please visit https://my.popdata.bc.ca/html/SRE/home.html

Help and Quick Links

Available machines
SRE | SRTL | RTL

Help pages
SRE | SRTL | RTL


Education and training resources

FREE courses and resources

We offer a suite of courses and resources to meet your educational needs.

Secure Research Training Lab (SRTL)

Instructions on how to use the SRTL.

Privacy training

Study for and take our Privacy Training test for researchers.


We also offer workshops, webinars, special events and fully-online certificate courses. For more information on these, and descriptions of our free courses and resources visit: www.popdata.bc.ca/etu

Forgotten or need to reset your password?

If you have forgotten your password, please contact SRE Support at: SRE@popdata.bc.ca

To reset your password, login, click on the Account button on the far right of the navigation bar and select "Change Passphrase".