Communications collaboration between European Research Infrastructures


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.

As stated in Council Regulation (EU) No 1261/2013 of 2 December 2013 amending Regulation (EC) No 723/2009 concerning the Community legal framework for a European Research Infrastructures Consortium (ERIC), “The membership of an ERIC must include a Member State and two other countries that are either Member States or associated countries”.

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. In addition, PARTHENOS, which supports the work of CLARIN and DARIAH, as well as CLARIAH, a national counterpart to CLARIN and DARIAH in the Netherlands, which is directly and deeply embedded in the Europe-wide ESFRI enterprise, were brought on board as an important part of this initiative.

Communications staff from each of the five “ESFRI Landmarks” mentioned above, as well as from CLARIAH and PARTHENOS, have started working together on a draft plan for joint communication activities and have regular virtual meetings. Shared news stories as well as a dedicated Twitter list became available from January 2017 as well as an informative webpage about those involved in the collaboration, with other elements of the plan to come to life during the course of the coming months and years.

DARIAH - Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities

Jakob Epler manages DARIAH-EU’s internal and external communications.

The DARIAH-ERIC is a pan-european infrastructure for arts and humanities scholars working with computational methods. It supports digital research as well as the teaching of digital research methods.

The DARIAH Network connects several hundreds of scholars and dozens of research facilities in currently 17 european countries, the DARIAH member countries. In addition DARIAH has several cooperating partner institutions in countries not being a member of DARIAH, and strong ties to many research projects across Europe. People in DARIAH provide digital tools and share data as well as know-how. They organise learning opportunities for digital research methods, like workshops and summer schools, and offer training materials for Digital Humanities.

Following a bottom-up approach people in DARIAH work together in working groups, with subjects ranging from the assessment of digital tools to the development of standards and the long term accessibility of research materials. Their activities may vary but they all share one common goal: providing services to scholars in the arts and humanities and therefore helping to do research at its best.


  • Became an ERIC in 2014
  • Based in Göttingen, Germany
  • Chief Executive Officer: Mike Mertens

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CESSDA - Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives

Eleanor Smith's major responsibilities and duties at CESSDA are developing a communication strategy for CESSDA, setting up CESSDA’s communication activities and tools, as well as supporting CESSDA’s Service Providers and representing CESSDA’s policy work.

The key rationale for the European Research Infrastructure CESSDA is to maximise the availability of relevant data at both a national and multinational level for scientific research, and to provide access to data to promote scientific research in socially and politically relevant areas.


  • Aiming to become an ERIC in 2017
  • Based in Bergen, Norway
  • Acting Administrative Director: Ivana Ilijašić Veršić

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CLARIAH - Common Lab Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities

Arjan van Hessen is responsible for the dissemination of CLARIAH.

CLARIAH is a distributed research infrastructure facilitating digital applications and data for researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences in a sustainable and user-friendly manner. The CLARIAH infrastructure stimulates innovative research in the humanities.


  • Became an national (Dutch) infrastructure project in 2014
  • Based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Director: Lex Heerma van Voss

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CLARIN - Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure

Sebastian Drude is the general coordinator of CLARIN ERIC, which entails a broad spectrum of responsibilities and tasks. Among these, he is overseeing the dissemination of CLARIN, leading the CLARIN WEB-team and coordinating the production of materials such as flyers and posters. He is also the first contact person in the central CLARIN Office for people from outside and inside CLARIN.

The ultimate objective of CLARIN ERIC is to advance research in humanities and social sciences by giving researchers unified single sign-on access to a platform which integrates language-based resources and advanced tools at a European level. This shall be implemented by the construction and operation of a shared distributed infrastructure that aims at making language resources, technology and expertise available to the social sciences and humanities (henceforth abbreviated SSH) research communities at large.

The target user community for CLARIN consists of scholars in humanities and social sciences in the European Union and Associated states, and CLARIN is able to serve a broad range of user communities from these fields.

9th pillar of the vision:

User Involvement: The target user community for CLARIN consists of scholars in humanities and social sciences in the European Union and Associated states, and CLARIN is able to serve a broad range of user communities from these fields.


  • Became an ERIC in 2012
  • Based in Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Director: Franciska de Jong

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ESS - European Social Survey

Stefan Swift is responsible for the dissemination and outreach of ESS.

Funded under the Horizon 2020 project ESS-SUSTAIN, Stefan is the Media and Communications Officer responsible for media and media relations, marketing and public affairs at the European Social Survey.

The European Social Survey is an ESFRI Landmark project that provides freely available cross-national data detailing public attitudes and behaviour over time. The ESS is an academically driven survey, conducted in over 35 countries across Europe since 2001. Every two years, up to 40,000 face-to-face interviews are undertaken with newly selected, cross-sectional samples. All the survey data is available to view and analyse online, or download for free.

About ESS

  • Became an ERIC in 2013
  • Based in London, United Kingdom
  • Director: Rory Fitzgerald

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PARTHENOS - Pooling Activities, Resources and Tools for Heritage E-research Networking, Optimization and Synergies

Reto Speck is Work Package leader for communication and dissemination activities in PARTHENOS.

PARTHENOS aims at strengthening the cohesion of research in the broad sector of Linguistic Studies, Humanities, Cultural Heritage, History, Archaeology and related fields through a thematic cluster of European Research Infrastructures, integrating initiatives and infrastructures, and building bridges between different, although tightly, interrelated fields. PARTHENOS will achieve this objective through the definition and support of common standards, the coordination of joint activities, the harmonisation of policy definition and implementation, and the development of pooled services and of shared solutions to the same problems.

PARTHENOS supports the work of two European Research Infrastructures, CLARIN (language resources) and DARIAH (digital humanities), as well as various integration projects addressing the cultural domain.

Individual researchers will benefit from the advanced services made available to everybody by PARTHENOS, and can have a voice in the project development by communicating their needs and wishes. Such services concern all aspects of data management, including: access to and sharing of data; management of intellectual property rights; integration of diverse datasets; tools for discovering openly available resources; guidelines, training and education.


  • Started in 2015
  • 16 partners from 8 different European countries
  • Coordinator: Franco Niccolucci

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SHARE - Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe

Verena Coscia is responsible for the dissemination and outreach of SHARE

The ratio of older people to total population is higher in Europe than on any other continent - and the phenomenon of population aging will continue well into this century. The Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE), whose first wave of data was collected in 2004, is the first study to examine the different ways in which people aged 50 and older live in 28 European countries from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean and in Israel1.

SHARE aims to help researchers understand the impact of population ageing on European societies and thus to help policymakers make decisions on health, social and economic policy.


  • Became an ERIC in 2011
  • Based in Munich, Germany
  • Director: Axel Börsch-Supan

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1 Wave 7 covers 28 countries.

Last updated: Tuesday 14 February 2017

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