Webinar Series - The Power of Population Data Science

This webinar series aims to highlight the value of data linkage and related data-intensive analytics by profiling some of the most recent International Journal of Population Data Science (IJPDS) publications by national and international Population Data Scientists


The world of rapidly expanding data has provided many new and challenging opportunities to address a myriad of issues facing human populations. Population Data Scientists see the potential social and individual benefits that can be realized through data-intensive analytics and collaborative work involving data linkage methods. Data linkage allows information on an individual from one data source to be linked to information on the same individual from another data source. Using the linked data makes it possible to gain a more comprehensive understanding than could be obtained from either data source individually.  

Linked data used for secondary analysis often involves population-based, longitudinal data that was originally collected for another purpose. Linkage may take place across data sets in a single domain (e.g. health) or across domains (e.g. health, education, environment, and early childhood). This work can provide an 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 use of linked data to support better health outcomes exists across many research areas, for example:

  • Analyzing patient characteristics, treatment costs and outcomes of care to identify the most cost effective healthcare, thereby influencing provider behavior
  • Applying advanced analytics to patient profiles (e.g., segmentation and predictive modeling) to identify individuals who would benefit from preventative care or lifestyle changes
  • Disease profiling to identify predictive events and support prevention measures

Research partnerships

International Population Data Linkage Network (IPDLN) facilitates communication and collaboration between research centres that specialize in data linkage and users of linked data. It is also closely aligned with the International Journal of Population Data Science (IJPDS) that publishes emerging research in this growing field.

Who should attend?

The webinar series will benefit researchers, analysts, health professionals and members of the public who are interested in learning more about Population Data Science and how work in this emerging field is making substantive contributions to informing population health-related policies for the betterment of our communities.


The series will usually run on Thursdays, but there may be occasional exceptions.  

Time: All sessions will be one hour in duration. Delivery times vary based on the time zone of the presenters' country of origin. Please check each session for specific details.

Delivery: All sessions will be delivered live and online via the Gotowebinar system.

Can’t attend the live session? This presentation will be recorded and posted on the PopData's YouTube channel and the International Journal of Population Data Science (IJPDS) website for future reference.

We recommend that you register for the presentations of your choice so we can send you a link to the latest recorded sessions as they are available.

2020 webinar schedule

Check back for details on future sessions

October 14, 2020

Data File Orientation Toolkit: Gaining Insight Into Administrative Data Quality

Zachary Seeskin

September 30, 2020

Unocking the Potential of Electronic Health Records for Health Research

Adam D'Souza
Frank Lee

September 23, 2020

Why the pubic needs a say in how patient data are used for COVID-19 responses

Mhairi Aitken
Stephen Elstub

July 29, 2020

Achieving quality primary care EMR data: a description of the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network data in Alberta

Stephanie Garies
Michael Cummings

February 13, 2020

The concept dictionary and glossary at MCHP: Tools and technique to support a population research data depository

Leslie L. Roos
Ken Turner

February 6, 2020

Developing a multi-jurisdictional, comparable measure of osteoporosis screening performance from administrative health data

Wasem Alsabbagh
Jaky Kueper

Past webinars in the Series


January 9, 2019

The Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System: A model for collaborative surveillance

Lisa Lix

January 23, 2019

A Pan-Canadian Data Resource for Monitoring Child Developmental Health: The Canadian Neighbourhoods and Early Child Development (CanNECD) Database

Magdelena Janus
Martin Guhn

January 24, 2019

Challenges in accessing routinely collected data from multiple providers in the UK for primary studies: Managing the morass

Fiona Lugg-Widger
Mike Robling

February 13, 2019

Family matters: High school graduation and sibling influence

Elizabeth Wall-Wieler

March 6, 2019

The Good, the Bad, the Clunky: Improving the Use of Administrative Data for Research

Kerina Jones

May 8th, 2019

Consensus Statement on Public Involvement and Engagement with Data-Intensive Health Research

Mhairi Aitken
Sarah Cunningham-Burley

May 29th, 2019

Sharing linked data sets for research: Results from a deliberative public engagement event in British Columbia, Canada

Jack Teng

August 29th, 2019

Record linkage to enhance consented cohort and routinely collected health data from a UK birth cohort

Karen Tingay

October 17th, 2019

Lessons learned: It takes a village to understand inter-sectoral care using administrative data across jurisdictions

Patti Groome, Mary McBride, Cynthia Kendell and Kathleen Decker

November 14th, 2019

Data file orientation toolkit: Enabling Administrative Data Quality Assessment

Zachary H. Seeskin


September 27, 2018

Are you a population data scientist?

Dr. Kim McGrail, University of British Columbia, Canada
Dr. Kerina Jones, Swansea University, UK

October 11, 2018

Future directions in probabilistic linkage

Dr. James Doidge, University College London, UK
Dr. Harvey Goldstein, University of Bristol and University College London, UK

October 25, 2018

Probabilistic linkage of national immunisation and state-based health records for a cohort of 1.9 million births to evaluate Australia’s childhood immunisation program

Dr. Heather F Gidding, University of New South Wales, Australia
Dr. Hannah Moore, Telethon Kids Institute, Australia

November 1, 2018

Visualising logistic regression: Application of coloring book technique in a reproducible ggplot2 system

Dr. Andriy Koval, University of Central Florida, USA

December 5, 2018

Multi-jurisdictional epidemiological research in Canada: Challenges and opportunities

Amanda Butler, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Wayne Jones, Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction (CARMHA), Canada

Did you miss the live sessions? 

All webinars have been recorded and can be found on our youtube channel. Just click on the title of the session you'd like to view within the above schedule. 

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