Interview in Trouw newspaper

On September 1, 2018, an article appeared in the Dutch newspaper Trouw. The article is written by Willem Schoonen, based on an interview he did with me in August, and on the lecture I gave at Maastricht University earlier this year called (in English) ‘Where is the knowledge we have lost in data?’ The article explores some of my concerns about the optimism for the potential of using big data in research. I try to remind the reader that data are never neutral, and always theory-laden. If you can read Dutch, you can read the whole thing on the newspaper’s website.

Be warned, there is a startlingly large photo of me. The photographer and the newspaper went with the authoritative image of me in my professorial gown. The photographer and I also had fun on a hot August day, experimenting with me in the garden shed.

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