During the VSNU-Impactfestival on 23 November, the Dutch universities presented the Digital Society research programme. The first copy of the programme was handed to Minister Van Engelshoven by three of its authors, Andrea Evers, Frank van Harmelen and Harold Bekkering, as well as by VSNU President Pieter Duisenberg.
The aim of the research programme is to give the Netherlands a leading international position in the field of people-oriented information technology and to find solutions to global challenges. The programme focuses on seven themes: Citizenship & Democracy, Responsible Data Science, Health & Well-Being, Learning & Education, Work & Organisations, Digital Cities & Communities and Safety & Security. Explicit attention is given to the role of data science in meeting these challenges.
The research programme is unique in the Netherlands. The fourteen universities are joining forces and together will free up and apply additional research capacity in order to further develop the programme. The research programme builds on the first proposition on the Digital Society.
We extend our sincere thanks to all academics who have contributed to the programme, especially Andrea Evers, Marleen Huysman, Franciska de Jong, Liesbet van Zoonen, Harold Bekkering, Frank van Harmelen, Inald Lagendijk and Maarten de Rijke.Download PDF