The purpose of the Vivli platform is to support research utilizing available clinical data leading to published analysis of a concrete scientific hypothesis. For more information about our members’ data sharing policies, please visit each member’s page on our website.
FAQ Group: Requesting access to data
How do I access data available in the Vivli platform?
Users either can access the data by downloading it or have access to a remote desktop workspace in a secure virtual research environment. On the member’s page, a member will share if the data is available by download or within the research environment. Find out more about the secure research environment.
Once I’ve submitted a data request, how long will it be before my request is approved and I have access?
On average it takes a few months to access data in the Vivli platform, but the timeline will vary depending on the number of data contributors, the number of studies, and your availability to respond to comments. Learn more about the data request process here. Once the proposal is final, the Vivli member(s) will prepare the data for sharing and then upload data to the platform. Additionally, you may find it helpful to review our blog post: 10 tips and tricks for drafting a successful data request.
Can I access studies not listed on the Vivli platform?
You can use our enquiry form to ask about a study from one of our Members that is not listed on Vivli, or for any additional study information not included in the study listing. It’s important to note that users can only request studies from Vivli Members.
How do I submit a request to access a particular study?
More information about how to submit a request is available in our quick start guide as well as our how-to guide for requesting studies, found here in our How To Guides.
How much does it cost to request data on the Vivli platform?
Vivli is a non-profit entity supported by both data contributors and data requestors who contribute to the administrative costs of running the platform. Requesting data is free and available to everyone. Data requestors who request data that are accessed through the secure research environment are charged a nominal cost for use of the secure research environment after a specified period of time, learn more here about that cost.
How can I find studies on the Vivli platform?
The Vivli platform allows users to search through listed studies using three search methods:
- PICO Search,
- Keyword Search,
- Quick Study Look-up
For more information, see Searching for Studies on our website.
Who can use the platform and request data?
The search feature is open to all users. To request data, a researcher or team must first create an account on Vivli and submit a research proposal. You do not have to be a member to request data using Vivli.
Please see our quick start guide on how to request data.
What tools and software does Vivli provide for data analysis?
As a Vivli user, you have access to a secure research environment, a virtual work-space within the Vivli platform, which contains a bevy of the most popular tools for statistical analysis and manuscript preparation, including SAS, STATA, R, Python, Jupyter, the Microsoft Office suite and a full set of tools and scripts (available on Secure Research Environment page linked above). If your preferred tools are not included in the standard set, the Vivli team may be able to add them for you subject to having the appropriate license and security requirements. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions related to the uploading of additional tools, data and scripts.