University Teaching Qualification (BKO)

On June 28, 2019 I passed my University Education Qualification (BKO) assessment! 🎉 BKO is a program to support teaching staff as they develop and improve with regard to the competences needed for teaching at university, and to guide them in obtaining a certificate. The competences are directly related to the core tasks of teachers, namely... Continue Reading →

Workshop on Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing

What do a lawyer, materials scientist, funding advisor, historian, computer engineer, librarian and sociologist have in common? Their curiosity for crowdsourcing ! 15 participants attending the Workshop on Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing that I (co-)conducted on May 17th, 2019 for which we (my colleagues Deniz Iren and Arthur Jochems) won an award from Universiteitsfonds Limburg.... Continue Reading →

Data Quality and Reproducibility

In 2016, our paper "Quality Assessment of Linked Data: A Survey" was published in the Semantic Web Journal. This paper was a systematic review (see this blog I wrote on how to conduct such reviews) where we analyze 30 core articles that focus on Linked Data quality assessment and provide a comprehensive list of 18... Continue Reading →

Open Data Quality Workshop to EU Data Portals

On March 26th, 2019 I was invited - thanks to Elena Simperl - along with her postdoc Luis Ibanez Gonzelz to give a workshop about “Metadata and Data Quality – Practice and Tools" in Hamburg, Germany at the GovData office. The workshop was attended by a total of 25 participants from 12 EU countries. These participants are... Continue Reading →

UM Data Science Research Seminar Series

Enjoyed co-organizing (with my love for organizing things) these monthly #UMDataScience Research sessions with my fellow postdoc Kody Moodley with different departments across Maastricht University! Last year was successful with 10 sessions: Now on to the 2019 edition!

Institute of Data Science Blog

The Maastricht University’s (UM) Data Science Research Seminar Series brought together data scientists from across Maastricht University to discuss breakthroughs and research topics that are related to Data Science. We also welcomed interested students, colleagues and industry partners to experience bleeding edge presentations and discussion rounds. The aim was to increase awareness around the university about the data science research of its various departments and faculties, and to uncover new possibilities for collaboration.

With its inception in 2017, we gained experience in the do’s and don’ts of organizing these events. Following which, the 2018 edition of the Data Science Research Seminar Series was successful with 10 different departments participating across UM. We started in January 2018 by fixing the third Thursday of every month as the date for the session and sending out invites to our contacts in the different departments. Within almost a week, all the slots were filled…

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We talk about Data Reuse, Why not Plastic Reuse?

Plastic pollution is plaguing our homes, our lives, our planet. The world already produces more than 300m tonnes of plastic a year!!! It's unimaginable. Although there are several initiatives out there advocating and innovating ways to reduce and recycle plastic, we need to contribute and re-think our individual choices. How many of us researchers go... Continue Reading →

Teaching Germans the Indian dances I grew up with!

I come from the Indian city of Pune, but my parents are from Gujarat, a state in the northwest of India. As a Gujarati, since childhood I’ve been doing their traditional folk dance “Dandiya Raas and Garba”, which involves dancing with sticks, clapping and turning. In 2015, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Leipzig Germany and found... Continue Reading →

Students Protocol

With my experience in supervising Master and PhD students so far, I decided to write a little “protocol” of sorts to clarify how I prefer to work along with my expectations and recommendations. Here goes: Availability: In the first meeting, we will discuss about the project: the problem, related work, methodology, expected results and timeline.... Continue Reading →

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