Support for Establishment of National/Regional
Social Sciences Data Archives

Support for Establishment of National/Regional Social Sciences Data Archives

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.




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.


ADP participates in regional contexts (e. g., The East European Data Archive Network - EDAN) and in the preparatory project (CESSDA PPP) to build an integrated European social science infrastructure in scope of ESFRI (European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures). We are members of the project Date without Boundaries (DwB) which aims to enhance cooperation between the academic data archives and statistical offices to provide access to micro data for research. We are conducting a national project under the short title 'Open data' that aims to deliver an action plane around OECD Declaration on open access to research data from public founding.


Main tasks in SERSCIDA: Task Lead T4.2

Janez ŠTEBE, Ph. D., is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana who will be in charge for scientific part of the project is the Head of the ADP. He is engaged as a researcher in the infrastructure research program Slovene Social Science Data Archives. He presented numerous articles to promote secondary analysis of survey data in archive holdings. He is a member of Public Opinion and Mass Communication Research Centre research group, the leading academic survey research centre in Slovenia, since 1989. He participated in numerous international and national projects on research data infrastructures, and advises on digital preservation and open access policy issues.


Irena VIPAVC BRVAR is employed in ADP (UL, Slovenia) as expert assistant since 2002. She is primarily engaged with users / depositors relations, organizing workshops about Usage of data files available in data archives and their analysis via Nesstar, as well as introducing metadata standards and know how to depositors and primary researchers in order to obtain their materials. One of her responsibilities is also to teach younger generations of archivist in Slovenia and other East European Countries about preparing descriptions of studies. Her expertise is in metadata standards, primarily DDI. She is involved in larger projects such as preparation of data files and documentation of surveys from Statistical Office of Slovenia, preparation of materials from ADP for long-term preservation in FEDORA system as well as transfer of this to National and University Library of Slovenia, which at this point includes introduction of URN’s.

She is also teaching assistant at ECPR summer school at the course Multivariate statistical analysis and comparative cross-national surveys data, co-organizer of yearly international conference Applied Statistics and member of executive board of Slovene Statistical Society.





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University of Ljubljana
Kardeljeva ploščad 5
1000 Ljubljana

Web: http://www.adp.fdv.uni-lj.si/



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.