Work packages
Support for Establishment of National/Regional
Social Sciences Data Archives

Work package 3

Policy dialogue and conference on establishment of social science digital data archives in the region deals with another issue laid down in this call for proposals targeting the creation of new initiatives on access to and dissemination of scientific information. In order to address this issue, a series of meetings with policy and decision makers, as well as conference will be organized in order to ensure the support of policy level and exchange knowledge and information on existing practices in EU countries and transfer the knowledge to WB countries involved on the necessity of preserving the scientific data in digital data archives and sharing it through the network of European data archives – CESSDA. The conference will gather at least 150 different participants (ministries, universities, researchers, research institutions, and statistical offices, possible financing institutions from WB countries involved, and also CESSDA institutions). The key milestone of WP3 is the successful organization of the conference indicated in the conference report that will be used as a tool and guide for further processes in establishment of social science data archives in the region.

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.