SERSCIDA is designed as a strategic project for supporting the cooperation and exchange of knowledge between the EU countries associated within the Council of European Social Sciences Data Archives (CESSDA) and the Western Balkan Countries (WBC) in the field of social science data archiving. The project addresses the issues of potentials of usage of information-communication technologies for the benefits of scientific research and exchange of knowledge as laid down in the call for proposals topic. The project aims to produce tangible results and improve the capacities for exchange of knowledge and data collected through research in social sciences between the European countries and WBC involved.
The third visit of SERSCIDA Western Balkan country delegations is taking place in Gothenburg, Sweden 11-13 November 2013. The visit is taking place at the University of Gothenburg hosted by the Swedish National Data Service.
There are 16 delegation represntatives from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia representing universities, ministries, research councils, statistics, computer centres and researchers.
The seven presenters include core SND staff, as well as representatives of Statistics Sweden and University of Gothenburg.
More details are available in the attached programme and list of participants.
Hans Joergen Marker, Director SND
Iris Alfredsson, Assistant Director & Ilze Lace, Data Manager, SND
Anders Brandstrom, Chairman of SND Board
In the heat of the debate
'Open Access' refers to the practice of granting free Internet access to research publications and data. As all research and innovation builds on earlier achievements, an efficient system for broad dissemination of and access to research publications and raw data can accelerate scientific progress. The OECD Declaration of 2008 states "that open access to, and unrestricted use of data promotes scientific progress and facilitates the training of researchers," as well as maximizing "the value derived from public investments in data collection efforts." SERSCIDA will address the need for improved and open access to and dissemination of primary data collected through research in social sciences while at the same time trying to support reinforcement of the existing national strategies and structures, and to contribute to development of new ones.