General Data Access

Researchers are always welcome to use DShield data. DShield data is published under a creative commons "share alike" license. It allows for non-commercial use as long as the source of the data is credited. For details about the license see You can use all data found on this site under this license. We expect all results to be made available to the public.

Bulk Data Access

In some cases, bulk access to data is more convinient. Setting up this access does take some resources. Please request access via our contact form. We can also run custom querries as time permits.

If accepted, your proposal will be made public. You will also be subscribed to a mailing list used by all organizations who are accepted.

In order to obtain "bulk" access, you need to submit a brief proposal outlining your research. Please cover the following topics (we expect about 1-2 pages):

  1. Use letter head of your organization.
  2. The proposal has to be signed by the principle contact.
  3. Name at least one, but not more than three, principle contacts. All communications will be directed to this person(s).
  4. Name your organization and include a physical mailing address.
  5. Outline the research questions you are trying to answer using the data
  6. State that the data will be used for non-commercial research purposes only.
  7. State how you are planning to publish the results (name possible journals or conferences).
  8. State that a copy of your paper will be published at DShield's website, and DShield will be notified of all publications related to the data.
  9. List a few existing publications for similar work you did.
  10. How will the research be funded (you do not violate the "commercial use" restriction if you receive research grants for this work)
  11. How do you plan to protect the data from improper disclosure?
  12. What is your privacy policy? (link to online version is acceptable)
  13. You will not receive information identifying our submitters. However, as part of your proposal, state that you will notify us and not release any idnetifying information if you should come accross it as part of your research. It is acceptable to look for problems like this, and you will be able to publish that you found the problem, but you will not be able to publish any submitter information that you uncovered.

(Note: please keep checking this page for updates. We may ammend these rules at any time.)