Support for Establishment of National/Regional
Social Sciences Data Archives


FORS Swiss Foundation for Research in Social Sciences

The Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences (FORS) maintains a national social science data archive, facilitates access to official statistics micro data, and represents Switzerland on the Council of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA). In addition, FORS combines research infrastructures like the Swiss Household Panel (SHP), the Swiss Election Study, the Swiss Social Report, and the Swiss parts of several cross-national surveys (European Social Survey, International Social Survey Program, Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe SHARE, Luxembourg Income Study). FORS activities are co-financed by the Swiss Confederation, the Swiss National Science Foundation, and its host institution, the University of Lausanne.

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HRC Sarajevo University of Sarajevo, Human Rights Centre

The Human Rights Centre of the University of Sarajevo (HRC Sarajevo) was founded in December 1996 by the University with the assistance of a number of international organizations such as: Council of Europe, EU, UNMBiH, Office of the High Representative in BH (OHR), World University Service, Raoul Wallenberg Institute, etc. The HRC Sarajevo is working in line with its educational mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This mission determined the structure of the organization, which is characterized by three main departments: 1) Program Department, 2) Library and Documentation Department (LDD) and 3) Research and Development Department (RDD). The Program Department works on several internationally funded projects and has been engaged in two FP6 funded projects (HUMSEC and MIRICO). The HRC Sarajevo is also local coordination unit for Bosnia and Herzegovina within the Regional Research Promotion Programme in the Western Balkans (RRPP).

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Institute of Economic Sciences Belgrade

The Institute of Economic Sciences (IEN) is a research institute with more than 52 years of significant contribution to the research and policy advices in various fields of economic sciences. IEN field of activities is very broad including analysis and policy proposals on economic and social development, macro and microeconomics, international economic relations, small and medium sized (SME) sector development, banking, insurance and finances, etc. The Institute of Economic Sciences has two centres: Centre for Economic Researches, and Centre for Microeconomic Researches and Consultancy. It is also the local coordination unit (LCU) of the Regional Research Programme Promotion in the Western Balkans (RRPP).

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University of Essex, United Kingdom Data Archives

The UK Data Archive is curator of the largest collection of digital data in the social sciences and humanities in the United Kingdom. With several thousand datasets relating to society, both historical and contemporary, our Archive is a vital resource for researchers, teachers and learners. The Archive specialises in management of distributed services & projects; distribution of official statistics; portal & repository development; training provision. It is a designated place of deposit for UK public records; it uses the following standards & classifications: DDI, thesauri, OAIS (Open Archival Information System) reference model, Data Seal of Approval.

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University of Gothenburg, Swedish National Data Service

The Swedish National Data Service was established 1st January 2008 by the Swedish Research Council. The organisation is managed by the University of Gothenburg and is financied by the Swedish Research Council and the University of Gothenburg. The Swedish Research Council's Database Infrastructure Committee (DISC) has appointed SND as a national resource for the coordination of existing and newly established databases within the social sciences, humanities and health sciences. SND offers support to Swedish research by facilitating researchers access to data within and outside of Sweden as well as offer support for research during the whole research process. SND presents Swedish research outside of Sweden. SND works actively for cross discipline collaboration as well as developing and broadening participation in national and international networks within the discipline areas. In the endeavours to gain a complete overview of future databases, SND cooperates with the concerned research councils and statistic producing bodies. SND aims to provide possibilities for cooperation and support for researchers in their research projects, thus creating the potential to invest in important strategic areas, such as specific technical development and the investigation of legal approaches to problems.

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University of Ljubljana, Social Science Data Archive

The central Slovenian Social Science Data Archives of the University of Ljubljana (UL) were established in year 1997. The tasks are to acquire significant data sources with a wide range of social science disciplines of interest to Slovenian social scientists, check them and prepare for digital preservation, and disseminate them for further use for scientific, educational and other purposes. Since 2004, funding for the operation provides MVZT (Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology) within the infrastructure programme "Network of research infrastructure centres at the University of Ljubljana". Since 1998 ADP are members of the Council of European Social Science Data Archives - CESSDA. Because of application of DDI standard, our records are also included in the catalogue of all catalogues of CESSDA. We are national representatives of ICPSR (International-University Consortium for Political and Social Research). Social Science Data Archives offers access to data that are interesting for social science analysis, with emphasis on problems related to Slovenian society. Priority is given to theoretically significant and methodological well designed studies, especially data over time and international comparative data that include Slovenia.


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University of Zagreb Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

The University of Zagreb was founded in 1669. The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (FFZG) was established in 1874, and today it offers more than 100 BA and MA programmes as well as 19 PhD programmes in the area of humanities and social sciences (HSS). Faculty has the biggest academic library in Croatia for the areas of HSS, built and opened in 2009 with large space for students and equipped with modern information and communication technology. Faculty has more than 700 employees, with more than 500 academic staff as well as more then 600 part-time lecturers.

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Open Access

'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.