Evaluation NWA-route Big Data

The explosive increase in the amount and diversity of data files has an effect on society as a whole: from optimising traffic flows and reducing congestion to improving the efficiency of healthcare. Openness and accessibility of this big data is important, but that does mean that the data must be handled responsibly.

In collaboration with Radboud University Nijmegen and TNO, Waag re-evaluates the original NWA (National Science Agenda) route 'Value creation through responsible access to and use of big data'. This is one of the 25 routes drawn up by the NWA in 2015, intended to bring society, science and business closer together. The aim of this route is to develop the right tools and infrastructure for responsible access and use of big data.

Waag investigates the originally raised questions within this route. Some of the questions can be linked to research from recent years, but some answers will be missing. Based on this research, two sessions will be organised in which a new conversation will be started about the scientific questions in the field of big data. In these sessions, policy makers from the public sector and both public and private developers will meet with science. We will look for answers to the original scientific questions, but also determine new questions for the future of the NWA route.

More information about the NWA-route Big Data


Project duration

1 Mar 2022 - 15 Dec 2022



  • Nationale Wetenschapsagenda


  • Tibor Bosse (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen)
  • Freek Bomhof (TNO)