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POPNET collaborates in SSHOC-NL to enhance future digital infrastructure


6 March 2023

POPNET collaborates in SSHOC-NL to enhance future digital infrastructure

The new collaboration, Social Science and Humanities Open Cloud for the Netherlands (SSHOC-NL), will enable researchers to securely and ethically connect and analyse a large amount of data. This will help them address most pressing social issues, such as polarisation, social inequalities and the changing environment. 

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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