Two European projects kick off

Article dated: 19 March 2012

Following successful applications under the Seventh Framework Programme of the EU, the UK Data Archive is now participating in two new European projects.

The two projects are: Data Service Infrastructure for the Social Sciences (DASISH) and Support for Establishment of National/Regional Social Science Data Archives (SERSCIDA).

These projects are very different in scale, with DASISH having 18 partners from the 5 European Social Science Infrastructures and a budget of almost €6 million whilst SERSCIDA has 7 partners and a budget of €625,500. The five infrastructures 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).

The DASISH project started in Gothenburg, Sweden in mid-January 2012. It was held at the Swedish National Data Service, from where the project is being co-ordinated.

DASISH is a cluster project which will examine and propose solutions for a number of structural issues that are common to the five infrastructures, including service architecture, data archiving, and user authorisation and authentication. The meeting provided a forum in which representatives of each of the five infrastructures could present information on the current status of these issues in their own spheres. The project is not expected to provide individual solutions for each of the infrastructures, but will provide a common framework to facilitate individual development.

Sarajevo in February 2012

In February 2012 representatives of research institutions, libraries and CESSDA members from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Switzerland and Sweden met in snowy Sarajevo to kick off the SERSCIDA project which will focus on activity to promote more open access to data in the West Balkan states. The project team will address the issues and potential use of information and communication technologies for the benefit of social science research and knowledge transfer. The intention is to produce tangible results and improve the capacities for the exchange of knowledge and data which have been collected through research in the social sciences.

The project will build on some elements of work on widening CESSDA, carried out during the CESSDA Preparatory Phase Project. It will involve several conferences for researchers, data services and funding organisations; an action plan to establish data services in the West Balkans; a roadmap to guide implementation; training activities in setting up archives and a prototype for future West Balkan archives.