Already 13.300 € discount earned by our members

Get rewarded for your input !


We have already distributed 133 discount vouchers of 100€ to our members who took the DIS2016 Survey. Thank you for providing us this valuable input.

As you know #DIS2016 will take place on March 23 @AXA. Like every year we give free access to job seekers and student. On top of that we have also decided to award a 100€ discount to each person who fills in the survey.

  • more info here
  • check how to get your 100€ discount here
  • reserve your seat here
  • review the sponsoring possibilities here

How to get the 100€ discount #DIS2016


Here are the pieces of the jigsaw to solve the mystery on how to get the 100€ discount.

  • Response to the new (shorter) survey. Here is the link .
  • Allow the ‘paywithatweet’ app to help you share one post about #DIS2016 on linkedin. (you have the control of the text you publish)
  • Copy the discount code once you shared the good news.
  • Enter the discount code top right of the eventbrite screen.

It should not take you more than 10 minutes.

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16/3 Sneak Preview of the first results of the Data Innovation Survey 2015

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16/3/2015 – Already 220 people have answered our first DIS2015 survey.

If you want to received your free access pass to the Data Innovation Summit, please follow this link:

Here is for you a sneak preview:

Over 80% of our members have at least a Master degree.





New Survey and (Big) Data Governance Research by Andra Mertilos


Dear friends from the Brussels Data Science community, I would like to ask for your help in conducting my master thesis research (aside from my consultancy job, I am also an MBA student at the KU Leuven) which I launched recently.

Data governance research is ambiguous in the scientific community today, mostly due to the differences existing between the concepts which form the building blocks of a governance program : data and information, governance and management, IT and business labels,…As such, there exists no homogeneous definition nor in the scientific community, nor in the practitioner one as to what data governance really encompasses. Correctly positioning data governance in todays landscape will allow for the integration of new technologies, concepts and phenomena. But for this positioning to take place, specifying a common data governance definition proves to be crucial in determining and isolating the different elements which constitute the backbone of such programs. Identifying, defining and explaining the process layers, responsibilities and decision-making structures that come together and interact in governance topics allows for prioritizing and ranking the elements which constitute a data governance program. These layers allow in return for tailoring to specific needs and requirements such as integration of new concepts and phenomena like big data technologies.

The purpose of my research is specifically to build a (big) data governance maturity model which holds for the Belgian financial sector. I choose the banking sector because of its size and complexity: such an intricate environment allows for building a larger, more comprehensive data governance model which could further be tailored to fit to other sectors.

For this purpose, based on an extensive literature review, I have built a questionnaire, in the form of a maturity assessment, which evaluates different data governance aspects : MDM, enterprise architecture, technology, applications, big data initiatives etc.

I would like to draw on your input, experience and expertise for the evaluation of this model in practice by inviting you to participate in my survey. A possible prerequisite would be to have some former experience in the banking/financial sector (in any form pertaining to data programs) but as such, it is not an exclusion criteria, as I plan to use these answers to develop a standard capability maturity model for data governance. If you choose to participate please bear in mind that you don’t have to be “able” to answer all sections – the questionnaire dealing with multiple aspects of governance – your feedback on a singular issue being also of extreme value to this research.

The link to survey can be found here:

It takes an average of 10-15 minutes to complete the survey and the link will be available until begin of April.

Feel free to contact me should you have any questions or remarks (at, any feedback is great feedback 🙂
Many thanks in advance for your participation.

About Andra Mertilos :

Andra Mertilos

Andra Mertilos


Thank you for your help in conducting my master thesis research

I am a MBA student at the KU Leuven

The link to survey can be found here: