The DSRC is an initiative of the University of Amsterdam, the VU University Amsterdam, the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica, and the Hogeschool van Amsterdam. The aim is to develop the data science discipline by contributing to state-of-the-art research, advanced education, valorization of research, and fostering human capital for science and society. These partners are in a unique position to establish the data science research center as they are already world leading in the disciplines underlying the data science of the future.

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) has developed search engines for text, images and video, which consistently have achieved top-ranking performance at the leading international benchmarks amidst fierce competition from Oxford University, UC Berkeley, Tsinghua University and Microsoft Research Asia to name a few. The resulting software libraries have found their way to successful Amsterdam-based spin-off companies and the text retrieval techniques have been incorporated in the leading search engines of the world such as Google and Yahoo!. We have powerful Bayesian models  for prediction, causality, and simulation.

The VU University Amsterdam (VUA) has won several international awards in effectively processing massive amounts of data with their advanced experimental infrastructure. The VUA is one of the world leaders in semantic technology spearheading the development of interoperable Web standards at the World Wide Consortium that are crucial for open data. For example, the United Kingdom’s data.gov uses these standards to expose its government data. Additionally, the VUA is a leader in the development of novel techniques for exposing cultural heritage (e.g. with the Rijksmuseum, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision) and enriching media content (e.g. with Elsevier, BBC, Korea Telecom).

Data research at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) covers the entire information chain, including data storage structures, database languages, human-information interaction and infrastructures that support privacy and the personal integrity of end-user content. Research is applied in the domain of cultural heritage, open data, marine biology and geo-spatial and astronomy databases and are carried out in collaboration with a large number of partners (i.e. Beeld en Geluid, Rijksmuseum, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, Actian) and has lead to several succesful spin-off companies (MonetDB, Vectorwise, Spinque, MonetDB Solutions). The MonetDB database architectures for large-scale analytic processing has found its way to the world leading database companies such as Oracle and Ingres.

The Hogeschool van Amsterdam (HvA) is a leader in creating living labs – instrumented research environments involving real users. Additionally, the HvA focuses on developing and applying data science solutions in the creative industries.

The  DSRC has an excellent embedding with other institutes like SURFsara and the e-science center on the Science Park and a large array of companies in among others the financial sector at the “Zuidas”.