Data talks

19 10 2015

Last week I had three data talks on my agenda. Unfortunately I had to cancel one of them (slipped in the supermarket, bruised rib, mobility problems in going to Brussels) but the other two went nicely. I spoke in Delft on the 15th, at the  14th IFIP Conference on e-Business, e-Services and e-Society, where the theme was Open and Big Data Management and Innovation. I presented work I had done earlier on big, open and linked data challenges for urban government (see here), and got a good response, notably addressing if and how ‘ trust’ in municipal services and organisations is a factor in people’s adaptation of the new data environment. On the 16th I commentend on a public lecture organised by Willem Schinkel in Amsterdam about the political subjects of big data. The talk focused more on internet and the social web than on big data, so I focused very much on how big, open and linked data make it possible to profile individual people without using any of their personal data. All of this on the basis of GIS, and triggered by a recent experiment by The Correspondent, showing how open data make it possible to establish individual risk profiles for, among others, energy and assurance companies without knowing the first detail of the person in question (see here). Both lectures were good in terms of establishing new contacts and opportunities for collaboration and research.

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