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South-Eastern European Data Services

English title South-Eastern European Data Services
Applicant Kleiner Brian
Number 160448
Funding scheme SCOPES
Research institution Fondation FORS Bâtiment Geopolis Université de Lausanne
Institution of higher education Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences - FORS
Main discipline Sociology
Start/End 01.05.2015 - 31.07.2017
Approved amount 197'788.00
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All Disciplines (2)

Discipline
Sociology
Political science

Keywords (5)

data archives; social sciences; data services; CESSDA; research infrastructure

Lay Summary (German)

Lead
Seit jeher sind die Sozialwissenschaften abhängig von der Sekundäranalyse von Forschungsdaten um gesellschaftliche Phänomene zu beschreiben. Diese Abhängigkeit ist in einem sich wandelnden und kompetitiven Forschungsumfeld umso grösser, als die dazu benötigten Mittel vielfach fehlen oder die Geldgeber die Antragssteller dazu verpflichten aus bereits bestehenden, von der öffentlichen Hand finanzierten Forschungsprojekten, ihre Erkenntnisse zu schöpfen. Deshalb wurde auf nationaler und europäischer Ebene vermehrt in Forschungsinfrastrukturen investiert welche sozialwissenschaftliche Daten erhalten und archivieren. Auch die Opendata Bewegung hat in den letzten Jahren dazu beigetragen, dass über Themen wie Datenaustausch und Datenmanagement vermehrt diskutiert wird.
Lay summary

Viele europäische Länder haben bereits seit längerem Datenarchive etabliert die sich auf internationaler Ebene zu einem Netzwerk zusammengeschlossen haben (CESSDA – Consortium of Euorpean Soical Science Data Archives). Andere europäische Länder haben noch keine nationalen Datenarchive, was dazu führt, dass ein Grossteil der vorhandenen Forschungsdaten nicht weiter genutzt werden kann. Ein Ziel des von der europäischen Kommission finanzierten FP7 SERSCIDA Projektes (Januar 2012 – Juni 2014) war es, diesen Missstand zu beheben und in drei Westbalkanstaaten – Bosnien und Herzegowina, Kroatien und Serbien – solche Datenarchive zu schaffen. Ziel des SEEDS Projektes ist es nun in Albanien, Kosovo, Mazedonien und Montenegro neue Datenarchive aufzubauen und jenen die Dank dem SERSCIDA Projekt bereits als Prototypen in Kroatien und Serbien bestehen helfen, sich weiter im nationalen und internationalen Kontext zu etablieren. SEEDS ist in erster Linie auf die Förderung lokaler Kapazitäten, die Organisationsgestaltung und die Entwicklung der technischen Infrastruktur ausgerichtet. 

Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 07.04.2015

Responsible applicant and co-applicants

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Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Institute for Sociological, Political and Juridical R Macedonia (Europe)
- Research Infrastructure
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences University of Zagreb (FFZG) Croatia (Europe)
- Research Infrastructure
Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM) Albania (Europe)
- Research Infrastructure
Center for Monitoring and Research (CeMI) Montenegro (Europe)
- Research Infrastructure
Institute of Economic Sciences, Belgrade (IES) Serbien (Europe)
- Research Infrastructure
The Slovenian Social Science Data Archives (ADP) of the University of Ljubljana (UL) Slovenia (Europe)
- Research Infrastructure
Centre for Political Courage (CPC) Kosovo (Interim. Gov. UNO) (Europe)
- Research Infrastructure

Scientific events



Self-organised

Title Date Place
Ljubljana Workshop II, Slovenia 09.02.2016 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Belgrade Workshop I, Serbia 13.10.2015 Belgrade, Serbien
SEEDS WP0 kick-off meeting, Lausanne 04.05.2015 Lausanne, Switzerland

Abstract

While the social sciences have always depended on the secondary analysis of data to address new research questions about society, politics, and economics, this is ever more important in a research landscape where funding for new data collections is increasingly more difficult to come by, and where governments expect more intensive exploitation of rich and existing publicly funded data to advance science. It is primarily for this reason that national ministries of European countries and the European Commission have invested heavily in the last few decades in data service infrastructures that curate and preserve digital social science data and make these available free of charge to the research community for secondary analyses. National data services offer large collections of important data for re-use, thus reducing the costs for new collections. The "Open data" movement in Europe in recent years has greatly strengthened the need for such infrastructures, and practices geared toward secondary analysis are slowly changing the ways in which research is carried out, with more emphasis on data sharing, best practices in data management, and documentation. Many European countries now have long-established data services, many belonging to the international umbrella network of data services CESSDA - Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives. Yet, many European countries still do not have national data services, and so a great deal of original research data is lost and remains forever out of reach. Efforts are now being made at the European level to redress this problem and to establish new data services in countries where none exist to date. The successful FP7 project SERSCIDA (January 2012 - June 2014), funded by the European Commission, aimed to help establish data services in three West Balkan countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia). It involved intensive training, organisation building, development of technical infrastructure, and promotion and outreach activities. One lesson from SERSCIDA was that its model proved effective and could be extended to other countries with no existing data services. The SEEDS project (South-Eastern European Data Services) will aim to widen these efforts, based on the SERSCIDA model and project outputs, and backed internationally by CESSDA, to establish new data services in the countries of Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and to continue their integration in the national and international landscape for Croatia and Serbia. The project will extend the capacities of selected partner institutions, and develop knowledge and tools related to data service infrastructures. It will bring partner institutions into the fold of an international movement and network that will provide long-term benefits not only to these institutions, but more importantly to the respective national research communities, including more available data for secondary analyses.
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