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Reminder: ODISSEI conference registration

Well over three hundred people have already registered for the ODISSEI Conference for Social Science in the Netherlands 2022. Registration is possible until 23 October, but as there still is a limit to the location’s capacity, it may have to close earlier. Therefore please register as soon as possible if you want to attend, to make sure we can save you a seat. Conference participation is free of charge, the conference takes place in Utrecht (Media Plaza).

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ODISSEI is the Dutch national infrastructure for social sciences. With more than 40 member organisations, and an ever increasing number of users, ODISSEI brings together researchers with the necessary data, expertise and resources to conduct groundbreaking research and embrace the computational turn in social enquiry. To introduce ODISSEI to a wider public, a video highlighting ODISSEI's mission and vision, made by Sensu, is now available online.
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CBS - ODISSEI Microdata Meeting:
Woonbase: Who lives where with whom?

On November 15 from 13:00 to 14:00 hours, dr. Corina Huisman (Statistics Netherlands, CBS) will present Woonbase, a new database made available by CBS. “Who lives where and with whom?” is a central question in research on the housing market. Together with the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, Statistics Netherlands developed a database in which data from different sources are combined: the Woonbase. This database makes it possible to study housing market related questions that focus on houses, individuals, households or a combination of these. In her lecture Huisman will give an introduction to Woonbase and explain how researchers can use it.

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Abstract and registration Microdata Meeting

ODISSEI Lunch Lecture: The robot and the brain

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On Tuesday 6 December from 12:00 to 13:00 hours, dr. Irina Lock (University of Amsterdam) will give an online Lunch Lecture on the framing of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in online media images: 'The robot or the brain? Building a classifier for visual news frames of Artificial Intelligence.' In news media and online public discourse, digital technologies such as machine learning applications are often portrayed as magical “artificial intelligence” (AI). News articles often frame AI’s risks versus benefits. However, there is no systematic knowledge of the ways in which AI is framed. To explore how AI is framed in online media images, Lock develops a machine learning classifier in collaboration with data scientists that automatically categorises online images in different pre-defined frames of AI.
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Traineeship Social Data Science team (SoDa)

The ODISSEI Social Data Science (SoDa) team offers SoDa traineeships for early career social scientists to work between 3-8 months on a social science research project they propose. Researchers from various domains of social sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology, economics, behavioural science) who would like to learn how to apply data-related solutions to complete their projects, are welcome to apply. The rolling call for proposals has just opened, and will be available throughout the academic year, but traineeships are  subject to availability.

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ODISSEI at the Open Science Festival 

On 1 September, the National Open Science Festival took place at the VU Amsterdam. Hundreds of people involved in the development and implementation of Open Science research practices gathered to exchange ideas, knowledge and best practices. ODISSEI was represented in various parts of the programme, including presentations during multiple sessions, a panel session with our Scientific Director Pearl Dykstra in the Open Science and Policy track, and with a booth in the Marketplace. 
Read about ODISSEI's Open Science Festival activities

Controlled vocabularies for the social sciences: what they are, and why we need them

Resources like controlled vocabularies, taxonomies and thesauri are essential to achieve interoperability. However, their use in the social sciences is still limited. The ODISSEI FAIR support team wrote a short article in which they explain these resources and their necessity through examples that are relevant for the social sciences. If you have ideas of topics for future short articles, please reach out to

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Vacancies Thematic Digital Competence Center SSH

In 2022, NWO - in close coordination with representatives from the field of the social sciences and the humanities (SSH) - has issued the start of a new Thematic Digital Competence Center for SSH (TDCC SSH). The overall goal of the TDCC SSH project is to provide a support network for research across this research domain. Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS) is looking for a Network Manager and a Community Coordinator for the Thematic Digital Competence Center Social Science and Humanities. 

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CLARIAH & NDE Annual Conference

This year’s CLARIAH Annual Conference will be organised in close collaboration with the Netwerk Digitaal Erfgoed (NDE). Focus will be on the CLARIAH digital humanities infrastructure and its use by researchers and other professionals from the heritage field. You can expect lectures, debates, interactive presentations, workshops, poster sessions and networking opportunities. The conference will take place on 24 November at the Muntgebouw in Utrecht. 

More information and registration


20 October, 16:00-17:00: SoDa Data Drop-in

3 November, 9:00-18:00: ODISSEI Conference for Social Science in the Netherlands

15 November, 13:00-14:00: CBS-ODISSEI Microdata Meeting. Woonbase: Who lives where with whom? Dr. Corina Huisman (Statistics Netherlands, CBS)

6 December, 12:00-13:00: ODISSEI Lunch Lecture: The robot or the brain, dr. Irina Lock (UvA)

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