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Last week’s opening of the SoBe DSC has been a great success. More than 70 participants joined us as the dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences professor Agneta Fischer officially opened the faculty’s data science centre, followed by a short outline of the centre’s mission and aims by its director professor Denny Borsboom.

As a highlight of the day, our keynote speaker Dr Sandra Matz (Columbia University) then gave a fascinating talk about the great - at times scary - potential of big data in current social and behavioural research.

Using examples from her own research, Dr Matz showed how big data can be used as both input and output to re-address long-standing questions in the social and behavioural sciences. After an open discussion, which underscored the ethical challenges associated with a responsible data science, UvA DSC director prof. Paul Groth closed the opening event.  

We thank all those who contributed to the success of the event, both speakers and the many participants. The SoBe DSC will contribute to this year’s Data Science Day on Oct 13, 2022. Something to look forward to.