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"Furthering research and practice in data discovery, access and use"

With additional support from funders including the Economic and Social Research Council, Jisc and the European Community, we are pushing the boundaries of knowledge and practice in our field.

Here are the projects we're currently working on.

Big Data Network Support

Providing a coherent, connected and accessible data infrastructure to secure the long-term future of the ESRC Big Data Network.

CESSDA CV Manager Tool

This project is to produce a tool for CESSDA to manage controlled vocabularies (CVs) as they will form a crucial part of the forthcoming CESSDA metadata standard.

CESSDA ELSST

A five-year project funded by the ESRC to align two seminal thesauri for international humanities and social science communities to ensure they can be maintained and improved with integrity for future generations.

CESSDA EQB

The aim of this project is to develop and implement the Euro Question Bank (EQB), a central search facility across all CESSDA’s survey holdings.

CESSDA Metadata Management

Developing, promoting and implementing a standardised metadata design, content and practice for all CESSDA data assets.

CLOSER

Bringing together eight leading studies, the British Library and the UK Data Service, CLOSER works to stimulate interdisciplinary research, develop shared resources, provide training, and share expertise.

SERISS

The overarching objective of this project is to support the European Union, the European Commission and the Member States to tackle socio-economic challenges across Europe, bringing together three research infrastructures in the social sciences.

Smarter Household Energy Data: infrastructure for policy and planning

Funded by the ESRC, this is a collaborative project with researchers in South Africa investigating big data infrastructure in the use of household energy.

These are past projects.

Digital Futures

Providing 21st century access to ESRC-funded and high impact qualitative data, through a programme of digitisation and exploitation of XML web technologies.

FOSTER-CESSDA training

Series of five hands-on doctoral training events for the social sciences in Research Data Management for Open Data, at selected universities in five European countries, organised with partners of the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA).

Historic Census Microdata

Funded by the ESRC to create Samples of Anonymised Records (SARs) from British censuses dating from 1961 to 1981.

Open Science

A study investigating the current attitudes and actual practices of researchers to open science, the barriers that inhibit or prevent researchers from practising open science and the measures research funders can take to mitigate these barriers.

Risk Utility Management

Funded by the ESRC under the UK Data Service Innovation Fund to deliver an easy-to-use software application to allow and to automate the creation of anonymised datasets from confidential sources.  

UK Research Data Discovery

This project aims to develop a service that enables the discovery, and encourages the reuse, of UK research data held in UK research institutions.

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