Data Science and Big Data in the Public Sector


This seminar will explore the use of data science and Big Data in the public sector as seen from the perspective of a Data Scientist. The discussion will introduce conceptual frameworks that help to make sense of the emerging field of "Data for Policy". Further, it will discuss current opportunities and challenges, trending technologies, Big data Sources, research domains (computational social science and political bots), as well as de-anonymization and privacy issues.

Innar Liiv is Associate Professor of Data Science in the Department of Informatics at Tallinn University of Technology. Presently, he is a Cyber Studies Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. He was previously a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University (2015) and a Postdoctoral Visiting Researcher at the Georgia Institute of Technology (2009). His research interests include e-government and data science, social network analysis, organisational network science, computational social science, seriation, clustering, information visualization, and data mining technology transfer to industrial and governmental applications.


All are welcome. Lunch will be provided at 12.15pm. Places are limited. To book a seat, please email

The Cyber Studies Programme is funded by the European Social Fund and the Estonian Government.