Data for Policy 2015 – Policy-making in the Big Data Era: Opportunities and Challenges

University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory, 15-17th June

The inaugural conference of the community was launched with the theme “Policy-making in the Big Data Era: Opportunities and Challenges”. An open call for contributions was circulated inviting all discussions around i) what information and evidence would/should look like in the digital age; ii) existing and new mechanisms and methodologies to transfer cutting edge scientific knowledge to the policy domains; iii) issues of data collection, storage, processing and access; iv) cumulative learning in digital environments along with their potentials and challenges in policy context; and v) the interaction of domain expertise with digital processing technologies, also dealing with imperfect/uncertain data and the psychology and behaviour of decision. The conference was at the forefront of discussion of security and privacy issues, as well as the ethical and legal concerns in this space. The conference attracted 177 delegates from top UK universities, government departments and private and non-profit institutions and also attracted an international audience. A collection of papers from the conference was later published in a special issue of Policy & Internet.

Keynote Speakers

Ross Anderson, University of Cambridge
Kenneth Benoit, London School of Economics and Political Science
David Hand, Imperial College
Natasa Milic-Frayling, Microsoft Research
James Wilsdon, Science Policy Research Unit

Watch videos of these lectures


Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge
Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP), University of Cambridge
Data Science Institute (DSI), Imperial College London
Department of Methodology, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
The Royal Statistical Society (RSS)
Sciencewise Programme funded by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS)
Office for National Statistics (ONS)
London Innovation Society (LIS)
Cambridge Big Data, University of Cambridge
Digital Humanities Network, University of Cambridge

The conference featured a poster competition, sponsored by London Innovation Society. View the winning entries below.

1st prize: Bushra Siddiqi, Imperial College

View the poster abstract here

2nd prize: Chanuki Illushka Seresinhe, University of Warwick

View the poster abstract here

Joint 3rd prize: Carl Chalmers, Liverpool John Moores University

View the poster abstract here

Joint 3rd prize: Ali Rezaei Yazdi, Aston University

View the poster abstract here

Watch the conference highlight video below

In the Press

Research Professional 15/6/15 “Cabinet Office wants Academics Help to Improve Government Data Use” authored by Adam Smith

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Research Professional 17/6/15 “Poor correlation between metrics and REF ratings, review finds” authored by Adam Smith

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