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Data linkage: techniques, challenges and applications

12th September 2016 to 16th September 2016
Peter Christen Australian National University
Christopher Dibben University of St Andrews

Workshop Theme

The overall aim of the programme is to bring together researchers and practitioners from various research disciplines and application domains to foster exchange between different parts of the mathematical sciences where the topics of data linkage and anonymisation are being addressed, as well as between researchers investigating data linkage and privacy protection. These topics have so far often been considered separately. This aim of the programme is quite different from other very topic and domain specific INI programmes.

With this in mind, the objective of this second workshop on data linkage is to strongly encourage interaction between participants from different disciplines, to facilitate cross-disciplinary learning, and to set an agenda of the big challenges in the area of data linkage. Topics to be covered  and discussed will range from computational and statistical aspects of data linkage, to privacy and  confidentiality, and application case-studies and examples.

To encourage cross-disciplinary interactions, besides invited presentations by world leading researchers and practitioners in data linkage, there will to be several interactive sessions that follow a "speed-dating" approach where participants in short pair-wise discussions present to each other  their background and interests, and issues and challenges they see in the area of data linkage from  their perspective. The key ideas and challenges will then be synthesised on the last workshop day with the aim of producing an interdisciplinary position / state-of-play / call for action / great  challenges paper. This  paper is to be refined by key workshop participants and the workshop organisers into a potentially full journal article after the workshop. Some of the identified challenges and problems will be worked on during the remainder of the main programme.

We group the workshop topics into five (computational aspects, statistical aspects, privacy and confidentiality, research applications, and industry/government applications), and begin the workshop with presentations by leading international experts to set the scene.

We also plan to have a practical "Hackathon" directly following the workshop (Thursday 15th and Friday 16th September) to allow interested participants to collaborate on solving some of the challenges identified in the workshop by developing initial prototypes or fleshing out research directions.

Deadline for applications: 29 July 2016

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Please note members of Cambridge University are welcome to turn up and sign in as a non-registered attendee on the day(s) during the workshop and attend the lecture(s). Please note that we cannot provide you with any support including name badge, meals or accommodation.

In addition to visiting the INI, there are multiple ways in which you can participate remotely.


  • Luiza Antonie (University of Guelph)
  • Patrick Ball (Human Rights Data Analysis Group; Human Rights Data Analysis Group)
  • Gerrit Bloothooft (Universiteit Utrecht; Universiteit Utrecht)
  • Andy Boyd (University of Bristol)
  • James Boyd (Curtin University Australia)
  • Changyu Dong (University of Strathclyde)
  • Ruth Gilbert (UCL / Farr Institute)
  • Harvey Goldstein (University of Bristol; University College London)
  • Katie Harron (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
  • Hye-Chung Kum (Texas A&M University; UNC Chapel Hill and RIMS)
  • Bradley Malin (Vanderbilt University)
  • Amy O'Hara (U.S. Census Bureau)
  • Erhard Rahm (Universität Leipzig)
  • Evan Roberts (University of Minnesota)
  • Mauricio Sadinle (Duke University)
  • Rainer Schnell (City University, London; Universität Duisburg-Essen)
  • Dinusha Vatsalan (Australian National University)
  • Bill Winkler (U.S. Census Bureau)
  • Vassilios Verykios (Hellenic Open University)



Registration Only
  • Registration Package: £239
  • Student Registration Package: £189

The Registration Package includes admission to all seminars, lunches and refreshments on the days that lectures take place (Monday - Friday), wine reception and formal dinner, but does not include other meals or accommodation.

Registration and Accommodation
  • Accommodation Package: £571

The Accommodation Package includes a registration fee, bed and breakfast accommodation at Wolfson Court from the evening of Sunday 11th September 2016 to breakfast on Saturday 17th September 2016, together with lunches and refreshments during the days that lectures take place (Monday - Friday). The formal dinner is also included, but no other evening meals

Formal Dinner Only
  • Formal Dinner: £50

Participants on the Accommodation Package or Registration Package, including organisers and speakers, are automatically included in this event. For all remaining participants who would like to attend, such as programme participants, the above charge will apply.


Accommodation in single study bedrooms with shared facilities, breakfast and lunches are provided at Wolfson Court, adjacent to the Institute.



Lunch will be served at Wolfson Court in the Cafeteria from 12:30 to 13:30 on days that lectures take place.

  • Accommodation Package and Registration Package participants should present their badge as payment for their meal
  • Those issued with a blue Institute door entrance card can add money onto the card via the Porters' Lodge at Wolfson Court
  • Other participants must purchase their meal using their dining card via the Porters' Lodge (forms can be found on the registration desk or at the Porters' Lodge)

Evening Meal

Participants are free to make their own arrangements for dinner.

Formal Dinner

The Formal Dinner will take place on Wednesday 14th September at Emmanuel College, Old Library. Participants on the Accommodation Package or Registration Package, including organisers and speakers, are automatically included in this event.

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