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Digital Services Infrastructure for Social Sciences and Humanities


Digital Services Infrastructure for Social Sciences and Humanities (DASISH) is an EC-funded project aiming to provide solutions to a number of common issues relevant for the five ESFRI projects in social sciences and humanities.

The five European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) projects are: Council of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA), European Social Survey (ESS), Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE), Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities (DARIAH), and Common Language Resources and Technologies Infrastructure (CLARIN).

DASISH has identified four major areas of activity namely data quality, data archiving, data access and legal and ethical. The outcome forms the basis for educational activities and for outreach to the communities that are to benefit from the work.

Through DASISH, the participating infrastructures will not only obtain new solutions for specific problems and a consolidation of their infrastructure building, but will work out solutions facilitating interdisciplinary cross-walks for their researchers. This will be of mutual benefit for the five infrastructures and the communities they serve.

Archive contribution

The UK Data Archive will be leading the first task of the Architecture and Quality Assessment work package to produce a report identifying the points of commonality in the five SSH infrastructures' community research and data lifecycles needs. The report will also identify and describe the current state-of-the-art solutions and best practices in e-infrastructure for each community.

The second task, which the Archive will be contributing to, is to create a reference architecture using the findings from the report.

The Archive will also contribute to the production of a report which will make recommendations to improve the quality of metadata descriptions as part of the Shared Data Access and Enrichment work package.

Principal investigator:  Hans Jørgen Marker, Swedish National Data Service
Funder:  EC
Dates:  January 2012 - December 2015
Contact:  Matthew Woollard