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CfP Announcement

Session on "Big Data and social policies: A new frontier of data management for decision-making in the social field?" (http://www.espanet-italia.net/?page_id=1422) at


10th ESPAnet Italy Conference University of Bologna, Campus of Forlì, 21-23 September 2017 (http://www.espanet-italia.net/)


The deadline for submitting a proposal is: 31th May 2017 (http://www.espanet-italia.net/?page_id=1516 . Submission via http://www.espanet-italia.net/?page_id=1503)


Call for Papers

We have the pleasure to inform you that the call for paper for the session on "Big Data and social policies: A new frontier of data management for decision-making in the social field?" for the next 10th ESPAnet Italy conference, which will be hosted by the University of Bologna, Campus of Forlì (21-23 September 2017) is now open! Nowadays, the management and the analysis of Big Data represent both a main challenge to the current way of affording problems in many different fields, and a strategic opportunity to innovate official statistics on which policy-making processes are based (Daas, Puts, Buelens. and van den Hurk, 2013; Struijs, Braaksma and Daas, 2014; Reimsbach-Kounatze, 2015). Big Data represent a challenge with respect to the continuous growing number and types of reachable data sources; the need to deal with complex analysis in real time; the low level of data structure; the high level of redundancy, inconsistency and noise affecting their quality; and finally to the legal issues related to individual privacy and rights on data ownership. Anyway, they actually constitute a strategic opportunity to support decision making in many fields (Mayer-Schönberger, Cukier, 2013). Is actually social policy one of the fields in which Big Data could be used to improve and facilitate the decision processes oriented to planning and programming both national and local social plans? Could Big Data support the collection of data oriented to the quality assessment of social services provided to citizens? Population censuses, sample surveys as well as administrative archives and registers are revealing some critical issues with respect to harmonisation, integration and inconsistency in data collection. These problems could be partly overcome by the enormous informative potential offered by new sources and Big Data (Rango, 2014). In fact, policy-making should be based on a wider and more sensible information system. At the same time, the role of Big Data for Official statistics is still debated and a general consensus has not yet reached, especially in the field of social statistics (Eurostat, 2014).  This session would contribute to this debate. Hence, it is opened to national and international contributes of scholars, researchers and professionals engaged in building up integrated information systems based on the use of Big Data to support decision-making processes in the social policy field. The presentation of innovative solutions integrating the use of both new technologies and data analytics methods oriented to extract useful information on social issues in the field of social policies are welcome.

Conference sessions will be held both in Italian and English languages.

Authors are requested to fill out a specific form: http://www.espanet-italia.net/?page_id=1503 .

For further information, please feel free to contact us.



Fiorenza & Cathleen (session organizers)


Fiorenza Deriu: [log in to unmask] , Università di Roma La Sapienza (Italy)

Cathleen M. Stuetzer: [log in to unmask]  ,University of Technology Dresden and  [log in to unmask] , Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (Germany)


Conference Organizing Committee: [log in to unmask]

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