SIRCA Gateway Training

Overview of the new SIRCA Gateway Analytic Platform

With the release of the new SIRCA Gateway platform and data collections, we have enhanced the ability to support data intensive research enabling SIRCA users to access and analyse a broad range of new data collections covering more geographies and subject areas.

SIRCA Gateway is based on a customised cloud-based analytics platform utilising a commercial Spark based product called Databricks. Databricks is a commercial grade SaaS solution. Now, there is no need to download data, copy it, back it up or set up your own computing resources.

SIRCA Gateway Registration

You will receive an invitation email from us inviting you to register to the new platform. The email includes a link to the SIRCA registration page. Once you have submitted your registration form, we will set you up on Databricks and you will then receive an email from Databricks with a link to the logon screen. If you don’t receive a Databricks email a few days after you submitted your SIRCA Gateway registration, please check your “Spam” folder. The first time you log on to Databricks you will need to enter your First and Last Name and set a Password. It is important that you enter this information accurately and you use your institutional email as your email address.

Getting Started

To help you get started, SIRCA is providing several introductory videos below to assist you in navigating through SIRCA Gateway:

SIRCA WebLearn

Part 1: SIRCA Gateway Overview

In this 7 minute video, we give you an introduction to SIRCA Gateway and discuss the new Data Collections in greater detail.

Part 2: SIRCA Gateway Components

In this 7 minute video, we take a closer look at the components of SIRCA Gateway. We will take a closer look at the Tables and Notebooks, the Data Glossary and the Fair Use Policy.

Part 3: Databricks Overview

In this 6 minute video, we provide a demonstration of SIRCA Gateway and help you navigate through Databricks.

Part 4: Databricks Overview II

In this 3 minute video, we explore SIRCA Gateway further and explain how to schedule, provide permission to share your notebook, make comments, track changes and create a dashboard.

SIRCA Gateway Tips and Tricks

Tips and Tricks: Bulk Download Data

In this 2 minute video, we explain and show you how to use the Bulk Download tool in Gateway.

Tips and Tricks: Creating a notebook in Gateway

This 5 minute video explains how you can create your own notebook and SQL queries.

Tips and Tricks: Using a notebook in Gateway

This 2 minute video explains how you can use the notebooks that have been created by SIRCA and how you can clone, comment and review the revision history.

Tips and Tricks: Linking two data tables in Gateway

This 2 minute video explains how you can link two data tables to get the results you need.

Tips and Tricks: Simple Extraction with ACA

This 2 minute video explains how to run a simple extraction with ACA.


Our extensive FAQs are here to answer any questions you might have about using SIRCA Gateway.

SIRCA Gateway FAQs

Require further help?

If you require further assistance, please review our helpful tools page or send us an email via the SIRCA contact form.