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.
Video recordings of the SERSCIDA conference "Opening Data Services in the Social Sciences" are now available.
The aim of Electronic South Eastern Europe (eSEE) Initiative is to better integrate SEE countries into the global, knowledge-based economy by regionally supporting the development of Information Society. The eSEE Initiative provides a balanced policy and cooperation framework and provides one of the best examples of regional cooperation in the Stability Pact Practice. Actions undertaken by eSEE are complementary to the effort of drawing SEE closer to EU action plans for Information Society development expressed in the current i2010.
SERSCIDA project has been presented in the latest issue of the eSEE Initiative Newsletter.
'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.