Responsible Data Science


October 19, 2017 - 16:00



Date: Thursday 19 October 2017

Time: 16:00-18:00

Location: VU Amsterdam W&N Building – Faculty of Sciences – (1st Floor): Room C147

16:00 Introduction & Overview on Responsible Data ScienceMaarten de Rijke Professor in Information Retrieval, Informatics Institute, UvA. 

16:05-16:25 Speaker 1: Martijn van Otterlo AAA Data Science Researcher at Knowledge, Information and Innovation (KIN), Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (FEWEB), Amsterdam Center for Business Analytics (ACBA), VU. 

16:25-16:45 Speaker 2: Judith Möller Political Communication & Journalism, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, UvA.

16:45-17:15 Speaker 3: José van Dijck President Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and Distinguished University Professor, Utrecht University.

17:15-17:20 Wrap-up

17:20 – Networking and drinks

18:00 – Close


On 19 October, we will hold our regular Responsible Data Science (RDS) seminar series, a joint collaboration of expert researchers from 11 knowledge institutions across the Netherlands:  Academisch Medisch Centrum (AMC), Centrum Wiskunde en Informatica (CWI), Delft University of Technology (TUD), Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Leiden University (LU), Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), Radboud University Nijmegen (RU), Tilburg University (UvT), University of Amsterdam (UvA), VU Medical Center Amsterdam (VUmc), VU University Amsterdam.

The RDS initiative is driven by the omnipresence of data making society increasingly dependent on data science. Despite its great potential, there are also many concerns on irresponsible data use. Unfair or biased conclusions, disclosure of private information, and non-transparent data use, may inhibit future data science applications.


The RDS programme aims at generating scientific breakthroughs by making data science responsible by design. In RDS researchers from multiple disciplines connect to develop techniques, tools, and approaches to ensure fairness, accuracy, confidentiality, and transparency.

Big data is changing the way we do business, socialize, conduct research, and govern society. Data are collected on anything, at any time, and in any place. Organizations are investing heavily in Big data technologies and data science has emerged as a new scientific discipline providing techniques, methods, and tools to gain value and insights from new and existing data sets. Data abundance combined with powerful data science techniques has the potential to dramatically improve our lives by enabling new services and products, while improving their efficiency and quality. Many of today’s scientific discoveries (e.g., in health) are fuelled by developments in statistics, data mining, machine learning, databases, and visualization.

For more information see the Responsible Data Science website HERE

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