Rob Kitchin

Rob Kitchin is a professor and European Research Council advanced investigator in the National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis at the National University of Ireland Maynooth, for which he was director between 2002 and 2013. He is currently a PI on the Programmable City project, the Digital Repository of Ireland, the All-Island Research Observatory, and the Dublin Dashboard. He has published widely across the social sciences, including 21 books and more than 140 articles and book chapters. He is editor of the international journals, Progress in Human Geography and Dialogues in Human Geography, and for 11 years was the editor of Social and Cultural Geography. He was the editor-in-chief of the 12-volume International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, and edits two book series, Irish Society and Key Concepts in Geography.

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Exploring the Nexus of Big Data and Official Statistics

While it might seem natural for so-called Big Data to supplement, improve or replace existing datasets and statistics, or provide entirely new statistical outputs for government agencies, some careful footwork is needed before heading too far down that path, argues Rob Kitchin.

8 years ago

Whither Small Data?

The rapid growth and impact of big data has led some to ponder whether big data might lead to the demise of small data, noted Rob Kitchin in an excerpt from his new book, The Data Revolution. But that ignores the benefits and beauties that small data deliver.

9 years ago