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Big Data Projects at the University of Essex

A series of free talks to discuss the implications of Big Data and what it means for you and society, hosted by three of the Big Data projects at the University of Essex.

These non-profit projects are funded by the Economic and Social Research Council to lead the way in Big Data and social science research.


Administrative Data Research Network - Director: Melanie Wright

This project enables researchers from government, academia and charities to undertake research that has the potential to benefit people across the UK. The ADRN is a non-profit partnership across universities, government, national statistical authorities, and research centres.  The Network enables researchers to work with linked data from government departments in a safe and secure way that puts the public benefit at the heart of their research.


Business and Local Government Data Research Centre - Director: Professor Vania Sena 

Established to make data routinely collected by businesses and local authorities securely accessible for academics. This project develops greater expertise for those working with data analytics whilst undertaking research that can make a difference to society.


The Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project - Directors: Professors Lorna McGregor and Maurice Sunkin 

This ESRC Project maps and analyses the challenges and opportunities presented by the use of technology and big data from a human rights perspective, considers whether fundamental human rights concepts need to be adapted for the digital age, and assesses existing regulatory and remedial responses in order to maximise effective human rights protection.

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