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

Work package 4

The objective of extending current activities such as those of CESSDA institutions to other countries and contribute to capacity building for development of new initiatives in data archiving in WB countries is addressed by our Work package 4 - Building capacities for establishment of social science digital data archives. We consider capacity building approach to be of utmost importance for enhancement and reinforcement of strategies and structures for access to and preservation and dissemination of scientific information. Thus, we will organize working visits to CESSDA institutions and trainings on setting-up digital data archives and running the digital data archives in social sciences for selected stakeholders from the three WB countries involved. Total of 15 persons – selected stakeholders from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia (5 from each country) will go on working visits to 4 CESSDA partner institutions: UEssex – UKDA in Essex (United Kingdom), UL – ADP in Ljubljana (Slovenia), FORS in Laussanne (Switzerland) and UGOT – SNDS in Gothenburg (Sweden). The total of 15 persons – selected stakeholders from the three WB countries involved (5 from each country) will participate at trainings that will be organized at UEssex – UKDA in Essex (United Kingdom).The key result of WP4 will be successful improvement of capacities in the WB countries involved to deal with establishment and running of digital data archives. The improvement of initiatives on access to and dissemination of scientific information, as well as extension of current activities to WB countries is addressed in WP5.

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.