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. In doing so it enables new exciting research on unique demographic information and time-stamped family, work, school and neighborhood network relations in an anonymized as well as ethically and legally responsible manner. The project is a collaboration of the University of Amsterdam (UvA), Leiden University (UL) and Statistics Netherlands (CBS).
A first-of-a-kind research infrastructure tailored in terms of hard- and software specifically for large-scale social network analysis will be developed. Rich methods from social network analysis and network science can then be applied to obtain unique insights that may unveil new and previously unknown knowledge about the complexity of the Dutch population. From this, actionable insights into key issues including segregation, substantive social change, and UN sustainable development goals such as reducing inequality can be obtained.
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The project was made possible by the “Platform Digitale Infrastructuur SSH” (PDI-SSH).