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Research Hub Launch: 'The Datafied Society'

  • Sensor Lab 4 Plompetorengracht Utrecht, UT, 3512 CC Netherlands (map)

Dr Mirko Tobias Schäfer and Dr Karin van Es of the Utrecht Data School, a research branch of the University of Utrecht, are launching the research hub 'Datafied Society' and celebrating the paperback publication of their edited volume 'The Datified Society'.

José van Dijck, the president of Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (KNAW), and Helen Kennedy, Professor of Digital Society at the University of Sheffield, will be present to officiate the launch. 


The aim of the research hub is to address societal challenges emerging from novel data practices in public governance and management, (public) media and public space and seizes opportunities for using data practices to foster citizenship, civic participation and creative production.


Cooperating with academic partners from different disciplines, and societal partners such as municipalities (e.g. City of Utrecht), state departments (e.g. Ministry for Economy) and partners from creative industries and civil society, this hub brings together a wide range of relevant stakeholders and expertise. Building on an expanding network of the Utrecht Data School, the hub will facilitate both a platform for setting up interdisciplinary research projects and a platform for interdisciplinary cooperation between academics of different fields and practitioners or stakeholders from the related societal sectors. It functions as a think tank on emerging socio-political issues related to datafication and is focused on knowledge transfer and societal impact.

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16.00 Welcome + Intro to Datafied Society Research Hub;

Mirko Tobias Schäfer & Karin van Es (Utrecht Data School/ Assistant professor New Media & Digital Culture, Utrecht University)

16.20   Studying Datafication;

José van Dijck (President of KNAW/ Distinguished University Professor, Utrecht University)

16.50   The Desire and Place of Visualization in Studying Datafication;

Helen Kennedy (Professor of Digital Society, University of Sheffield)

17.10   Governing the Smart City;

Albert Meijer (Professor of Public Innovation, Utrecht University)

17.30   Drinks


Earlier Event: September 27
EBU seminar: The smart city
Later Event: November 14
BNO Utrecht November Edition