Multilingual Access to Data Infrastructures of the European Research Area
This project developed from having the aim of creating an effective infrastructure for the European social science community, to having a fully operational web-based one, which contains a wide range of data and resources from a number of providers.
The overall goal of the MADIERA project was to develop an
effective infrastructure for the European social science community
by integrating data with other tools, resources and products of the
research process. By the end of the project, a fully operational
web-based infrastructure had been placed, populated with a variety
of data and resources from a selection of providers. The aim was to
provide a common integrated interface to the resources of the
majority of the existing 20+ social science data archives in Europe
including several newly established archives in the candidate
The MADIERA portal provides access to social science quantitative datasets from all the largest European social science data archives. It harvests these resources down to variable level and organises them, using a set of multilingual thesauri and taxonomies, to make them available through a responsive and highly customisable web interface.
The portal has been further developed within the Council of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) community to cover the holdings of all of its 20+ members. However the infrastructure has, as does the web itself, the capacity to grow and diversify to potentially create a sustainable system for the whole of the data and knowledge producing communities of the European Research Area.
The Archive led two work packages on Multilingual Functionality and Content Provision with major contributions to the Metadata and Standards Development work package.
Funder: EU IHP-Programme - Fifth Framework
Dates: December 2002 - February 2006
Contact: Hilary Beedham
Links: MADIERA report
EC Research - socio-economic sciences and the humanities - MADIERA