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.
Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology (IASSIST) is issuing a call for paper and session proposals for its annual conference, which will be held in Toronto, Canada on June 3-6, 2014.
The UK Data Service at the University of Essex has been awarded almost £5 million to form a new service for streamlining research access to Big Data collected by government departments and other agencies.
The money, awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), will allow data experts at the University of Essex to ensure that researchers across the country can effectively and securely access large datasets for research that will directly influence policy and ultimately benefit the public.
'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.