On February 6, 2018, the McCourt School of Public Policy’s Massive Data Institute signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Statistics Netherlands – a Dutch governmental institution that gathers the country’s statistical information.

The memorandum formalized the partners’ commitment to collaborate on the use of administrative data and big data to inform evidence-based policy, and to advance research in areas related to data science, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Georgetown Provost Robert Groves signed on behalf of Georgetown, while Statistics Netherlands Director General Tjark Tjin-a-Tsoi signed on behalf of the Netherlands.

At the signing, Provost Groves expressed his intent to work with Statistics Netherlands on knowledge exchange, research and innovation in the area of official statistics saying, “This new data world we are now entering involves partnerships. One attribute of the old world from which we are emerging is that there have been sub-fields that worked independently. These fields are increasingly now sharing data and thus we must collaborate in new ways."

The memorandum came from a greater discussion led by Provost Groves that included Tjark Tjin-a-Tsoi and also Nancy Potok, the Chief Statistician of the United States with the Office of Management and Budget, among other representatives of statistical agencies, Georgetown staff, and members of the Commission on Evidence-Based Policy Making.

The Massive Data Institute at Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy is an interdisciplinary research center devoted to the study of high-dimensional data to answer public policy questions.

Statistics Netherlands– or Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek, often abbreviated to CBS– is a Dutch governmental institution founded in 1899 that gathers statistical information about the Netherlands.

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