Is Big Data a Big Deal? What Big Data Does To Science

Prof. dr. Wilco Hazeleger on the question if Big Data changes science itself

Organisator Studium Generale

wo 18 februari 2015 20:00 tot 22:00

Locatie Impulse, gebouwnummer 115

Big Data, often discussed, but what are we really talking about? And what is its impact, on science, the individual and society as a whole?

Does Big Data change Science itself? The availability of an nearly infinite amount of heterogeneous data seems a wet dream for scientists. Coupled with new data analytics it challenges established ways of doing science: data-driven rather than knowledge-driven science, is said. Some even declare a new era of ‘inductive empiricism’ and ‘the end of theory’. Prof dr. ir. Wilco Hazeleger, director of the Netherlands eScience Center (Amsterdam), will take us along in his view on this phenomenon.

Since July 2014 prof dr. ir. Wilco Hazeleger is the director of the Netherlans eScience Center, a center that connects ICT (big data, high performance computing) with applications in scientific domains.

From 2006 to 2014 he lead a division of around 25 scientists at KNMI on Global Climate research.

Professor Hazeleger has a chair in Climate Dynamics at Wageningen University, and is author and (co-)author of over 80 refereed publications on climate variability, predictability, climate change and adaptation to climate change.

This is an Open Mind Lab lecture series, organized together with students