Big data: a quest for policy

This article explores the (potential) impact of big data on policy and policy research. Smart devices generate an ever-increasing volume, variety and velocity of data (so called big data). The expectation is that big data will play a significant role in policy-making processes and policy research. However, to capture the …

Measuring the information society using big data

How can we take advantage of big data (1) to improve the availability of currently existing global ICT statistics, amd (2) to improve the measurement of the information society? The opportunities for using big data in the context of ICT statistics production are in combining a big data source with a …

Fast forward: how the speed of the internet will develop between now and 2020

This study provides insight in the future upload and download bandwidth demand for residential broadband connections, by answering the following research question: How will upload and download bandwidth change between now and 2020? A prospective quantitative model of bandwidth demand was developed in order to answer the research question. The figure below shows …

Big data for official statistics

The 2014 ESS “Big Data in Official Statistics” event, organised in Rome on 31 st March and 1st April 2014, aimed at contributing to the implementation of the Scheveningen Memorandum, by achieving the following objectives: Increasing awareness of the Big Data challenges in the ESS and propose ways to address …

Optimizing an educational programme using K-means clustering

In May 2013 I did a project together with colleague Arthur Vankan on optimizing the planning of the educational programme School aan Zet. We optimized the grouping of schools and experts so that travel distances would be minimal and the groups not too small nor too big. We did this …

The Dialogic Platform

The Dialogic Platform enables Dialogic to provide innovative online services based on research and consultancy. The platform not only supports sharing of quantitative research results (‘dashboard’) but also enables real-time linkage, processing and gathering of data. A few unique properties of the Dialogic Platform are: Integrated, real-time workflow from data …