Statistics Netherlands datasets as a resource for complexity


Thursday, February 1, 2024
11:00 - 12:00


Statistics Netherlands (SN) primary role is as the Dutch National Statistical Institute, and it is known for its output in the form enormous numbers of tables on topics ranging from the potato harvest to Dutch GDP and from demographic change to inflation. Perhaps less widely known is that the microdata, out of which such tables are compiled, can be accessed (for a modest cost to keep IT systems running) by researchers at Dutch universities for research purposes.

While some data is survey-based, a lot of datasets are extracted from administrative registers; which means that data about the entire population are available at microlevel. For the purpose of calibrating models for emergent social phenomena especially, such integral datasets are invaluable. In this talk I will discuss some of the benefits and applications of the data, some projects currently being pursued in the field of complexity science by SN researchers and others, but also some pitfalls associated with these datasets.


Dutch Institute for Emergent Phenomena (DIEP)


Institute for Advanced Study

Room number

2nd floor library




complexity, computational physics, emergence


Frank Pijpers (KdVI/CBS)

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