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  • DAVE stands for Databricks on AWS Virtual Environment. It is a HIPAA compliant environment and consists of two main services, namely DAVE Platform and DAVE Data Access.
  • DAVE Platform is a secure environment where authorized users may have access to tools such as Notebooks, Python, and SQL for data analytics, machine learning, and data science development.
  • DAVE Data Access is a service that allow authorized users to access identifiable data. 

Frequently Asked Questions

DAVE is an advanced data analytics and machine learning platform on AWS Databricks. UC Davis Health leadership's vision is to have a unified data lakehouse platform that provides critical data assets and computing resources to users for operational and research purposes.

The following data assets are currently available. We are planning to ingest more data sources in the future from our clinical data warehouse and other departmental data marts.

  • OMOP (PHI and de-identified) – OMOP stands for "Observational Medical Outcomes Partnership." For more information about common data model, please visit
  • Ventilator Waveform (PHI and limited de-identified)

The following data assets are currently in progress or planned to be available in DAVE:

  • Clinical notes
  • Medical DICOM images
  • Clinical data

Any UC Davis and UC Davis Health personnel with a valid business use case. In order to get access to DAVE platform, the manager of the personnel will need to approve first. In addition to the platform access, the requested user will need to get approval for the corresponding data assets from the data owner by submitting a data access request and have the ticket route to appropriate approvers. Refer to the access request section below to submit a request for both platform and data access.

Most common type of users are:

  • Researchers
  • Data Analysts and engineers
  • Data Scientists
  • Business Intelligence report developers
  • Executives and managers

Requests can be submitted via ServiceNow catalog. Search for "DAVE" from the UCDH ServiceNow portal. Users will need to submit platform access and corresponding data assets requests. All data access requests will need data owner approval before access is granted.

Databricks provide many different features for various use cases. Most common functionalities are:

  • Machine learning and model development
  • Use of powerful Compute clusters
  • Python with ML libraries
  • R and Scala
  • Access data via SQL from notebook or SQL Warehouse
  • Create reports/dashboards

Currently, it’s free for most operational project. Large scale analytics may require additional funding, and options for departmental recharge are being evaluated.

It depends on your use case. We may occasionally review usage patterns and send out a survey to understand on how you use the platform and request to share your accomplishments.

Yes. You can sign up for a free Databricks learning academy account with your email. Select "Customers and prospects" option to sign up and browse from a huge selection of courses. Depending on your role and experience, you may enroll in a specific set of courses. A few introductory courses are:

  • Databricks Lakehouse Fundamentals
  • Data Analysis with Databricks SQL

For more information, please refer to Trainings section.

Refer to our support page for more details.

It depends on the use case. Please reach out to us with your specific requirements at

Our standard is to not allow data exporting. If you have additional questions, please reach out to us for a consultation at

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