CESSDA is one of the five “ESFRI Landmarks” in the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) recognised in the ESFRI Roadmap 2016 and is aiming to become an ERIC (European Research Infrastructure Consortium) in 2017.
Besides the building of the various infrastructures (i.e. the core activity), dissemination of the results and getting potential users involved are important goals of all these ERICs, as without real users, a beautiful infrastructure becomes useless.
In that light, a collaboration in terms of communications with the current four ERICs in the SSH (CLARIN, DARIAH, ESS, SHARE) was established in order to create synergies and draw on each others' strengths. Two additional partners joined the initiative, CLARIAH and PARTHENOS.
The aim is to promote and improve the visibility of social science and humanities research in Europe.
Four changes have recently happened on the CESSDA website:
The homepage presents a news section specially for the other research infrastructure partners in the communications collaboration. The news items are selected on a regular basis by the communications staff of the organisations taking part in the collaboration.
The most recent tweet from the shared Twitter list as well as a link to the list itself is visible on the homepage. The list is made up of the seven organisations which are a part of the communications collaboration (DARIAH, CESSDA, CLARIAH, CLARIN, ESS, PARTHENOS and SHARE).
A webpage has been created to present the communications collaboration in more detail, with information about the organisations and related communications staff; it can be found under "Resources".
CESSDA currently has three blogs which it promotes: CESSDA Training Blog, Data Impact Blog and the ELSST Blog. The most recent blog posts are now visible from the homepage.
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The toolkit aims to support organisations wishing to set themselves up as new national data services in the social sciences.
New data protection rules in the EU may lead to a strengthened Nordic cooperation.
A new improved search interface of the Aila Data Service offered by the Finnish Social Science Data Archive (FSD) comes online.
Between November 2016 and February 2017, FORS, the Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences, conducted an online survey of social science researchers in Switzerland to better understand researchers’ attitudes, practices, and needs specifically regarding data sharing and re-use.
The Finnish Social Science Data Archive (FSD) celebrates the centenary of Finland's independence by publishing a new data theme page on the sixth day of each month starting from April.
The purpose of the job is the initiation, planning, design, execution, monitoring, controlling and closure of internal or external CESSDA projects, reporting directly to CESSDA's Senior Project Manager and responsible to the Chief Operations Officer.
Highlights from 2016 from CESSDA's partner in Sweden SND are presented in its annual report 2016 published last week.
Use of the FSD’s flagship service, Aila Data Portal, increased by leaps and bounds in 2016.
The Irish Social Science Data Archive (ISSDA) is delighted to announce that Student Activity and Sports Study Ireland (SASSI) data from 2014-2015 are now available in SPSS format.
This is the second in a series of news stories from across the CESSDA collaboration, which spans sixteen European countries with national data archives and services.