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.




Lausanne meeting

lau thumbThe forth visit of SERSCIDA partner's delegations was in Lausanne, Switzerland, December 11-13, 2013. The WP5 meeting was taking place in FORS, University of Lausanne.


During the meetings the representatives discussed about latest revisions on establishment plans, including envisioning the new data services, as well as institutional, technical and staffing needs.

The delegations, after the beginning, split into two groups. First one was Policy/administration group engaged with organization and human resources issues, and the second one was Technical work group which was dealing with topics on hardware, servers, security and backup systems, network infrastructure and telecommunications.

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.