Talk Big Data series

Big data. Big questions.

Three of the big data projects at the University of Essex are hosting a series of FREE talks throughout October and November to discuss the implications of big data and what it means for you and society.

Come and listen, question and challenge.


All events run from 5.30 to 7.00pm.

Follow the debates on Twitter with #talkbigdata

Big data projects

Leading the way in Big Data and social science research, these non-profit projects are based at the University and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN)

This project enables researchers from government, academia and charities to undertake research that has the potential to benefit society. The Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN) is a non-profit partnership with universities, government, national statistical authorities, and research centres. The Network enables researchers to work with linked de-identified data from government departments in a safe and secure way that puts the public benefit at the heart of their research.

Business and Local Government Data Research Centre (BLGDRC)

The centre has been established to make data routinely collected by businesses and local authorities securely accessible for research. Business and Local Government Data Research Centre (BLGDRC) provides greater expertise for those working with data analytics whilst they undertake research that can make a difference to society.

The Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project (HRBDT)

The project has been established to map and analyse the challenges and opportunities presented by the use of technology and big data from a human rights perspective. Human Rights, Big Data and Technology (HRBDT) considers whether fundamental human rights concepts need to be adapted for the digital age, and assesses existing regulatory and remedial responses in order to maximise effective human rights protection.