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 Training Workshop in Ljubljana

The Project partners from WB countries have come together for their second WP4 training. It is taking place at the ADP Social Science Data Archive of the University of Ljubljana, at the Faculty for Social Sciences from 26-27 September 2013.


Participants include researchers, IT experts and SERSCIDA partner team staff. The training is provided by ADP Slovenia staff.

The purpose of the training is to have a hands-on experience of how to use a data archive, and the presentations include:

  • Introduction to metadata standards (DDI) and tools for editing study descriptions
  • Introduction to Nesstar Publisher 4.0.9
  • Research data workflow
  • Preparing survey for distribution

As a result of the Workshop, the participants are expected to have sufficient skills acquired to use the tools introduced in the future Data Archives and Services that will be set up in the three WB countries. Researchers will have the capacity to use these tools to track their data and promote them among other researchers.

Further details on the workshop are available through the ADP Slovenia web site, with detailed programme, list of participants and presentations.



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.