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Data Sharing Manager

The Discovery Data Service (DDS) receives data from source organisations (publishers), transforms the data into a common model, stores the data, and then distributes the data to organisations (subscribers), subject to data sharing agreements, consent and satisfactory security arrangements.

Data Sharing Manager is a web application that is used both by administrators and end users to view and configure the data agreements and data flows through the service. The application consists of a number of modules that manage the concepts and relationships as described below. Access to the module and module functions are determined by an authorisation mechanism based on a user’s role based attributes (or access profile). The following high level concepts are managed by the Data Sharing Manager:

  • Region - a grouping construct for a set of organisations or other regions.
  • Organisation - an organisation with an NHS ODSOrganisation Data Service (NHS) code.
  • Services - a named service providing care, linked to an organisation, acting as publisher or subscriber.
  • Data sharing agreement - the overarching agreement between a set of publishers and subscribers.
  • Data flow agreements - the agreement between publishers and subscribers to exchange data in a specific way. Data sharing agreements have many data flows.
  • Data set - the specification of data content used in a data flow. Data flow agreements have many data sets (depending on role).
  • Role - a role related to a person’s right/ need to access particular data set in the context of a data flow.
  • Consent model - the consent model relating to a particular data flow.

Example Data Sharing Manager screen

Data Sharing Manager provides a visual representation of data that is being shared and processed and by which organisations, regions, and/or services. You can also amend or cancel data sharing and processing agreements in real time.

This example map shows the geographic location of publishers of data into the Discovery Data Service. Red pin icons denote individual organisations. Blue (<10) and yellow (>=10) cluster icons denote a number of organisations in close proximity.

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