On behalf of the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA), I am pleased to invite you to participate in a two-day workshop on widening the infrastructure of social science data archives in the European Research Area (ERA). CESSDA was on the ESFRI Roadmap in 2006 and 2008 and is today an ESFRI Landmark institution. It was established as a Pan-European Research Infrastructure in 2013, and is hosted by Norway. In the first period it was set up as a Norwegian limited company (CESSDA AS) to be the legal vehicle for the consortium, but is now in the process of becoming an ERIC, hopefully in the middle of 2017.
After a successful launch in 2013, CESSDA now aims to achieve full European coverage by strengthening and widening the European infrastructure of social science data archives (H2020 “SaW” project funded by the EC). The primary goal is to establish the conditions for a seamless network of national social science data archive services for the whole ERA. This network shall support the research needs of the next generation of social scientists wherever they may be in Europe or beyond.
CESSDA is owned by the ministries and each ministry has to appoint the service provider (data archive services) in each designated country in order to collaborate within the consortium. Presently 16 European countries are members of CESSDA. To contribute in building the future of such a network of archiving services, we would like to invite potential partner countries (ministries/research councils’ and/or service providers’) representatives to the next CESSDA SaW collaborative workshop:
Wednesday the 3rd and Thursday the 4th of May, 2017
The workshop aims to establish an informal collaborative network between current CESSDA members and potential partner countries. It will showcase the financial, research and societal benefits of establishing national data services, present current initiatives and models for data archives, and assist countries in developing national plans for establishing data archiving services. Information regarding the needs of potential partners for future cooperation will also be collected during this event.
The workshop (including one dinner and two lunches) is free of charge. Costs for travel and accommodation will also be covered. Please note that the number of attendees is limited, and therefore the principle of first come – first served will be applied.
– Information on registration and further details will be communicated soon.
– Registration is compulsory for attendance at the workshop.