ODISSEI Conference for Social Science 2023: introducing the new formats and established research community

On 2 November, the ODISSEI Conference for Social Science in the Netherlands 2023 took place. The conference, which welcomed over 360 participants, was the perfect platform for anyone interested in computational social sciences to learn, share, and network. The event took place in the Media Plaza of the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht.

With the intensive programme of the day, ODISSEI’s Chair of the Management Board Dr. Pearl Dykstra welcomed the guests from the Netherlands and abroad in the plenary hall before handing over the stage to Professor Linnet Taylor (Tilburg University).  Prof. Taylor’s talk focused on the principles of data justice and the societal implications of linked and enriched social data in research. The opening keynote was followed by the new format introduced this year – ODISSEI Facilities Flashtalks, which introduced the research infrastructure providers and ODISSEI Facilities present at the conference.

Participants were able to continue the conversation on challenges of data availability and implications for social science research during the coffee break, as well as to get acquainted with various facilities during the ODISSEI Marketplace. ODISSEI Marketplace, also a new format introduced this year, created the platform for researchers to discover the countless opportunities the ODISSEI partners, such as LISS panel, ASreview, DANS, Thematic Digital Competence Centers (TDCC), ODISSEI SoDa team and others provide.

After the coffee break, the first parallel session of the day followed. Next to the aforementioned plenary hall, in which the parallel sessions were recorded and livestreamed, four more rooms hosted the thematically diverse sessions. Themes ranged from Methods in computational social science and Smart data collection to Health data and the Spread of (mis)information. Curious to learn about other topics? Take a look at the full programme here.

Influenced by the success of last year’s poster presentations, the ODISSEI Conference 2023 provided the floor to more than 35 researchers to present their projects during the lunch break in the poster presentations session. Additionally, the Best Poster Award has been introduced this year. The Scientific Committee of the Conference, which included Dr. Pearl Dykstra (EUR), Dr. Michel Dumontie (University of Maasticht) and Andy Boyd (University of Bristol, UK), has selected Lydia Repke from GESIS as a recipient of the Best Poster Award. At the conference, Lydia presented her work “The Survey Quality Predictor 3.0”.

The afternoon programme started with the second parallel session with talks on Machine learning, Agent Based Modelling, Population network and others, accompanied by the final coffee break of the day. The last parallel session focused on projects in various fields, such as Benchmarking in social science, FAIR support, and Text analysis.

The thought-provoking programme of the day has prepared guests for the Closing keynote and Early-career Researcher Flash talk session. Professor David Lazer (Northeastern University) gave a closing keynote on the potential for creating an infrastructure utilizing user-sourced data on human and platform behavior.

The Early-career Researcher Flashtalk session presented the projects by Francisco Garrido-Valenzuela, Flavio Hafner, Roza Kamiloglu and Agata Troost.

The Conference day was closed with well-deserved snacks and drinks, as well as a discussion on the presented research projects. If you want to keep up-to-date on future events or present your work at the next conference, please subscribe to our newsletter so that you will be notified when the next Call for Papers goes out.

Some presenters have already made their slides available on the ODISSEI Zenodo Community. If you presented at the ODISSEI Conference please consider uploading your slides or poster, or feel free to contact us at communications@odissei-data.nl  if you want us to do it on your behalf.

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