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Support for Establishment of National/Regional Social Sciences Data Archives (SERSCIDA) is designed to aid the cooperation and exchange of knowledge between the EU countries within CESSDA and the Western Balkan Countries (WBC) in the field of social science data archiving.

The SERSCIDA project 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 Council of European Social Sciences Data Archives (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.

Archive contribution

The UK Data Archive will be involved in all work packages throughout the project, from the development and implementation of the methodology required to map the existing potential for the establishment of social science digital data archives in the WBC to the dissemination of the results of the project.

In particular, the Archive will be leading the work package for 'Building capacities for establishment of social science digital data archives'.

This work package intends to develop a detailed action plan for the establishment of archives in the WBC and provide initial training for the identified potential institutions. Some of this training will be developed from training courses already run by CESSDA member institutions, for example 'How to set up and run a data service: the challenges of social science data' workshop which is organised annually by the UK Data Archive.

Principal Investigator: Anđela Lalović, HRC Sarajevo
Funder: EC
Dates: January 2012 - June 2014
Contact: UK Data Service