Press Release – CESSDA SaW

CESSDA heads a new project to transform the user experience of social science data in Europe

CESSDA starts a new project today funded by the European Commission in the framework of its Horizon2020 programme, CESSDA SaW “Strengthening and widening the European infrastructure for social science data archives”. After the successful launch of CESSDA in 2013, the aim is now to achieve full European coverage, to strengthen the network and to ensure sustainability of its data for the widened network.

The primary ambition of this project is to establish the conditions for a seamless social science data archive service for the whole of the European Research Area, capable of supporting the research needs of the next generation of social scientists wherever they may be.

The EUR 2,5 million project will run for two years from August 2015 and brings together ten partners from across Europe: CESSDA AS (coordinator), Charles Beagrie Limited, Ethniko Kentro Koinonikon Erevnon, Tarki Alapitvany, Tartu Ulikool, University College Dublin, National University of Ireland, Dublin, Instituto de Ciencias Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa, Sveuciliste U Zagrebu Filozofski Fakultet, Institut Ekonomskih Nauka, Sociologicky Ustav Slovenskej Akademie Vied.

Project partners will work together to achieve the overarching impact of the project: initiating the transformation of the user experience of social science data in the ERA, resulting in a transformation of the evidence and insight available to those tackling the social and economic issues of Europe.

“The CESSDA SaW project will build strength and sustainability into the CESSDA infrastructure” comments Ivana Ilijasic Versic, Acting Administrative Manager of CESSDA AS. “We will begin by building on what we have already established across the data archives within our membership. The widened CESSDA network which will result from this project should become a strong infrastructure with global best practice in-built. This will translate into a greater body of work in the social sciences, in turn providing evidence for policy making at a greater scale than today” she adds. For further information and to keep up to date with the CESSDA SaW project visit: or follow CESSDA on Twitter @CESSDA_Data.

Press release – CESSDA SaW – 21.10.2015