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.




WP4 UK Essex UKDA Visit

ukda thumbDelegations from the three Western Balkan countries are visiting the UK Data Archive as part of the Work Package 4 - training and knowledge transfer activities between CESSDA member archives and future archives to be established in the Western Balkan countries.


The visit is taking place at the University of Essex in Colchester, UK and includes a full day of activities, lectures and tour of the UK Data Archive, on 22 Oct 2013.

There are thirteen members of delegations from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia, bringing together governemnt and research council representatives, data creators and owners, as well as futur data archive staff.

The ten presenters and fulfilling the purpose of the visit, which is to understand how the UK DA functions, what its relationships are to Data Creators and Data Owners, Legislators and Funders, as well as other Data Archives.

Attached is a Briefing Note for Attendees and Speakers, Programme, as well as List of Participants.








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.