The International Health Data Linkage Network (IHDLN) is a platform for communication between centres that specialize in data linkage and users of linked data. The Network is committed to fostering an international community through the exchange of information related to health data linkage. For more information, please visit the website at http://www.ihdln.org/. IHDLN is hosting the 2nd International Health Data Linkage Conference “Data linkage for better public policy” April 28-30, 2014, Vancouver, BC. Please visit http://www.ihdlnconference2014.org/ for conference information.