Large data warehousing & recommendation services for news articles @De Persgroep

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de Persgroep Online Services

Mt. Lincolnweg 40 · Amsterdam

How to find us

The office is reachable by ferry from Amsterdam Centraal or West (Pontsteiger) to NDSM Werf. You also can take bus 35 or 36 until Klaprozenweg. There is a parking space at our office. The meetup space is wheelchair accessible.

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Details

Hi all, I'm happy to announce the next Data Council meetup. This time as part of the Dutch Data Science Week (https://dutchdatascienceweek.nl) and the meetup will take place & is sponsored by De Persgroep.

We have 3 talks:

18:00 Arrive, mingle, food, drinks etc.

18:45 Frank Mekkenholt & Rogier Vlijm: Building reliable big data applications for news brands across the Benelux
19:25 Lucas de Haas: Learnings from personalizing push notifications for Algemeen Dagblad (AD)
20:15 Tamas Erkelens: democratic control over technology @Municipality of Amsterdam

21:30 End of the meetup

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Abstracts & bios:

18:45 Frank Mekkenholt & Rogier Vlijm: Building reliable big data applications for news brands across the Benelux

The Data Competence Center of the Persgroep is building and maintaining big data applications for several business units. Within this presentation Frank and Rogier will give an overview of the technical setup for organizing big data for the biggest publisher within The Netherlands. We will dive into some use cases, their related challenges, the solutions found and learnings we made.

Frank Mekkelholt is working for 5 years at the Persgroep and leading the DCC NL (Data Competence Center) department (11 fte). Business translator for data use in the marketing, sales and newsrooms areas.

Rogier Vlijm is a data engineer/scientist within de Persgroep's DCC (Data Competence Center) and focuses on identification, segmentation and innovation.

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19:25 Lucas de Haas: Learnings from personalizing push notifications for Algemeen Dagblad (AD)

Our team is currently working on personalizing push notifications for Algemeen Dagblad (AD), one of the biggest newspapers in the Netherlands. This project requires to analyse articles as soon as they are published, build profiles from a continuous stream of click data and combine these sources to send the right articles to the right people. Lucas will talk about the infrastructure which has been built for this purpose, some design choices made and things learned on the way.

Lucas de Haas is a machine learning engineer working on news personalization at de Persgroep. He has a MSc degree in AI and specializes in natural language processing.

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20:15 Tamas Erkelens: democratic control over technology @Municipality of Amsterdam

Tamas Erkelens is a Program Manager of Public Tech at the Municipality of Amsterdam. He aims to make technology public by creating open tech solutions and implementing policy innovations. Previously, Tamas – graduated with honours as Research Master of Quantitative Social Sciences – has worked for ING as a Product Owner. With a background in academia and the private sector, he aims to open Amsterdam to partners solving urban challenges, setting the conditions for public private collaboration democratically.

Tamas will talk about democratic control over technology and how the Amsterdam local government has created a critical mass of 100+ developers working on open source user centered services. Using open source machine learning models to improve the quality of service for[masked] issues reported by residents annually, and auditing the algorithm to make sure they do not discriminate, Amsterdam was awarded European Capital of Innovation[masked] for its digital social innovation approach and has built up tech expertise to build open source software in house exponentially in recent years.

Afterwards more mingle, food & drinks.

21:30 End of the meetup/everybody out