Network Analysis

A new research data infrastructure in
computational social science

Capturing the social fabric: Population-scale socio-economic segregation patterns

Event - 16 November 2022

Network-based study of segregation and social capital in the Netherlands using population-scale social network data derived from official population registers

Conference talk by Yuliia Kazmina at the Dutch Demography Day 2022.

POPNET Connects with Ágnes Backhausz

Event - 21 November 2022, 13H

POPNET Connects with Ágnes Backhausz

The impact of spatial and social structure on an SIR epidemic on a weighted multilayer network.

POPNET Connects with Sune Lehmann

Event - 12 December 2022, 11H

POPNET Connects with Sune Lehmann

Life2vec: Predicting personality, death, emigration, and other life-events from embeddings of registry data.

Hackathon about anonymity in data was a great success


16 May 2022

Hackathon about anonymity in data was a great success

How anonymous is an individual in a social network dataset? That was the main subject of the hackathon organized by POPNET and Statistics Netherlands (CBS) on May 3 at Leiden University. By looking at openly available data on the internet, students had to derive the social network of several volunteers. The results give insight into what network data can be derived from pu

POPNET project officially started


19 April 2021

POPNET project officially started

The Population Scale Network Analysis for Social Sciences and Humanities (POPNET) project has started on April 1, 2021. The interdisciplinary consortium, consisting of the University of Amsterdam (UvA), Leiden University (LU) and Statistics Netherlands (CBS), has come together to build an open digital infrastructure for network analysis of the entire Dutch population.

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POPNET is a novel digital infrastructure and research community with the aim of unlocking longitudinal social network data on the entire population of the Netherlands for academic research purposes. 

Research infrastructure

A first-of-a-kind research infrastructure tailored in terms of hard- and software specifically for large-scale social network analysis will be developed.

Social network analysis research

Pilot social network analysis studies will be performed on the population-scale social network of the Netherlands, in parallel with the building of the research infrastructure.


We aim to bring together network analysis researchers and other scientists who assess social complexity.

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