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FORS Research Data Infastructure and Services

English title FORS Research Data Infastructure and Services
Applicant FORS c/o Université de Lausanne
Contact person Lutz Georg
Number 198472
Funding scheme Research Infrastructure
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 01.01.2021 - 31.12.2024
Approved amount 32'800'000.00
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All Disciplines (9)

Discipline
Sociology
Communication sciences
Political science
Social work
Psychology
Economics
Education and learning sciences, subject-specific education
Applied psychology
Science of management

Keywords (8)

Social Science data archive; European Value Study EVS; Swiss Election Study SELECTS; Research data management; Swiss Household Panel SHP; European Social Survey ESS; ISSP / MOSAiCH; Infrastructure surveys

Lay Summary (German)

Lead
FORS ist eine gut etablierte sozialwissenschaftliche Infrastruktur der Schweiz mit Aktivitäten in drei Hauptbereichen: (i) Daten- und Beratungsdienste für sozialwissenschaftliche Forschende und Forschungsinstitutionen in der Schweiz. Dazu gehören die Datenerhebung verschiedener grosser nationaler und internationaler Umfragen und das Schweizerische Sozialwissenschaftliche Datenarchiv. (ii) Bereitstellung von Tools und Dienstleistungen für die nationale Dateninfrastruktur: FORS verfügt über eine eigene Plattform (SWISSUBase), die die Abwicklung des gesamten Projektablaufs ermöglicht und die Datenhinterlegung (Qualitätskontrolle, Lizenzierung und Auftragsvergabe) sowie den Datenzugang erleichtert. (iii) Eigene Forschungsaktivitäten in Bezug auf methodologische und thematische Forschung.
Lay summary

In der nächsten Förderperiode 2021-2024 gibt es bei FORS verschiedene Schlüsselaktivitäten:

  • Verschiedene Erhebungswellen des Schweizer Haushaltspanels, ESS, ISSP/MOSAiCH, SHARE, Selects. Darüber hinaus wird FORS sozialwissenschaftliche Projekte in verschiedenen Phasen der Datenerhebung unterstützen und beraten.
  • Datenarchivierung für die Sozialwissenschaften: FORS erwartet in der kommenden Periode einen wesentlich höheren Datenzufluss. FORS wird auch seine Aktivitäten zur Unterstützung von Forschern im Forschungsdatenmanagement ausweiten.
  • Tools und Dienstleistungen für die Schweizer Dateninfrastruktur: FORS wird seine Tools und Dienstleistungen der gesamten Schweizer Forschungsgemeinschaft zur Verfügung stellen und die Konnektivität zwischen den FORS-eigenen und den von anderen bereitgestellten Werkzeugen und Dienstleistungen sicherstellen. Das wichtigste Werkzeug dafür ist SWISSUbase, das neue Archivierungssystem, das modular von anderen Institutionen und Disziplinen genutzt werden kann. Das FORS ist auch an linkhub.ch beteiligt, einer Initiative, die den Zugang zu und die Verknüpfung von administrativen und privaten Daten für die Forschung verbessern soll.
  • Forschung und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit: Die thematische Forschung zu den in den FORS-Umfragen behandelten Themen ermöglicht uns eine gute Einbettung in die sozialwissenschaftliche Forschungsgemeinschaft. Die methodologische Forschung wird wichtig sein, um weiterhin qualitativ hochwertige wissenschaftliche Daten in einem sich verändernden Umfrageumfeld zu sammeln. FORS ist auch an einer Reihe von Publikationsreihen beteiligt.
  • Teilnahme an internationalen Netzwerken. FORS beteiligt sich aktiv an internationalen Forschungsnetzwerken wie ESS, SHARE, CESSDA, ISSP, CSES und CCS und verbindet daher Schweizer Forscherinnen und Forscher mit diesen Netzwerken und Projekten. FORS ist auch sehr aktiv beim Aufbau des "Monitoring Electoral Democracy (MEDem)", einer im Entstehen begriffenen europäischen Infrastruktur.
Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 04.12.2020

Lay Summary (English)

Lead
FORS is a well-established Swiss social science infrastructure with activities in three main areas: (i) Data and consulting services for social science researchers and research institutions in Switzerland. This includes the data collection of various large-scale national and international surveys and the Swiss social science data archive. (ii) Providing tools and services for the national data infrastructure: FORS has its own platform (SWISSUBase) that allows handling the entire project workflow, facilitating data deposit (quality control, licencing and contracting) and data access. (iii) Own research activities related to methodological and thematic research.
Lay summary

There are different key activities in the next funding period 2021-2024:

  • Various survey waves of the Swiss Household Panel, ESS, ISSP/MOSAiCH, SHARE, Selects. In addition, FORS will support and advise social science projects in various stages of data collection.
  • Data archiving for the social science: FORS expects a substantially higher influx of data in the coming funding period. FORS will also expand its activities in supporting researchers in research data management.
  • Tools and services for the Swiss data infrastructure: FORS will make its tools and services available to the Swiss research community at large and will ensure connectivity between FORS own tools and services and those provided by others. The main tool for this is SWISSUbase, the new archival system that will be usable in a modular way by other institutions and disciplines. FORS is also involved in linkhub.ch, an initiative that should improve access to and linking of administrative and private data for research.
  • Research and outreach: Thematic research on the topics covered in FORS surveys allows us to be well embedded in the social science research community. Methodological research will be important in continuing to collect high-quality scientific data in a changing survey environment. FORS is also involved in a number of publication series.
  • Participation in international networks. FORS contributes actively to international research networks such as ESS, SHARE, CESSDA, ISSP, CSES and CCS, and therefore connects Swiss re-searchers to those networks and projects. FORS is also very active in building the “Monitoring Electoral Democracy (MEDem)”, an emerging European infrastructure.
Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 04.12.2020

Responsible applicant and co-applicants

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
170406 Forschungsinfrastrukturen FORS 01.01.2017 Research Infrastructure
198053 Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe - Switzerland - 2021-2024 01.01.2021 Research Infrastructure

Abstract

The SNSF requested FORS with a letter from 24 April 2020 to submit a funding application to the SNFS as “Infrastructure in Social Science and Humanities”. FORS is a well-established Swiss social science infrastructure with activities in three main areas: - Data and consulting services for social science researchers and research institutions in Switzerland. This includes the data collection of various large-scale national and international surveys and the Swiss national social science data archive. - Providing tools for the national and international information infrastructure. FORS has its owns platform FORSbase that allows the storage of project information and the handling of the entire project workflow, facilitating data deposit (quality control, licencing and contracting) and data access. - FORS own research activities related to methodological and thematic research. Being involved in research activities is essential for providing data and consulting services at the highest possible level, as well as for developing tools and services that are beneficial for researchers.Having those three main fields of activities within one organization creates a stimulating and innovative environment as well as many synergies. There are different key activities in the next funding period 2021-2024:- Various survey waves: four waves of the Swiss Household Panel, two waves of the ESS, four waves of the ISSP/MOSAiCH survey, two waves of the SHARE surveys (that are only organised by FORS but not funded through the FORS budget from the SNFS), four waves of the Selects long-term panel, as well as the Selects data collection around the 2023 national elections. In addition, FORS will support and advise social science projects in various stages of data collection. - Data archiving for the social science: FORS expects a substantially higher influx of data in the coming funding period, due to the change in the SNSF policy to require data management plans, and also due to a current outreach and expansion to social science disciplines that have so far not used FORSbase extensively as a repository. FORS will also expand its activities in supporting re-searchers in research data management in order to contribute to enhanced data quality for the data deposited in FORSbase. - Tools and services for the Swiss data infrastructure: FORS will make its tools and services available to the Swiss research community at large and will ensure connectivity between FORS own tools and services and those provided by others. The main tool for this is SWISSUbase, the new archival system based on FORSbase that will be usable in a modular way by other institutions and disciplines and will include central services. In order to advance with those activities, FORS is about to create a new unit and group that will handle services as well as IT development around SWISSUbase. FORS is also involved in building linkhub.ch, a service that should improve access to and linking of administrative and private data for research. - Research and outreach: Thematic research on the topics covered in FORS surveys allows us to be well embedded in the social science research community. Methodological research will be important in continuing to collect high-quality scientific data in a changing survey environment. FORS is also involved in a number of publication series, such as Survey Methods: Insides from the Field, DeFacto, Social Change in Switzerland and has its own FORS Working Paper series as well as a serious of guides called FORS Guides to Survey Methods and Data Management, with hands-on outreach activities, established in 2019. - Participation in international networks. FORS contributes actively to international research networks such as ESS, SHARE, CESSDA, ISSP, CSES and CCS, and therefore connects Swiss re-searchers to those networks and projects. FORS is also very active in building the “Monitoring Electoral Democracy (MEDem)”, an emerging European infrastructure that connects various exist-ing comparative and national projects on democracy research. To handle many of the different developments, FORS needs to be able to invest, and also requires a certain level of flexibility in allocation of funds and its organizational structure in the future, in order to adapt its services and activities to upcoming needs and changes.
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