Europe is facing huge socio-economic challenges: an economic crisis with a young generation in search of jobs, population ageing potentially straining inclusion and innovation in our societies, climate change with its pressure to redesign energy, transport and housing patterns, to name just some of the most urgent 'Grand Challenges'.
SERISS brings together three research infrastructures in the social sciences: the European Social Survey (ESS), the Survey of Health Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) and the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA). Also involved in SERISS are non-ESFRI research infrastructures: Generations and Gender Programme (GGP), European Values Study (EVS) and the WageIndicator Survey (WageIndicator.org).
The overarching objective of this project is to support the European Union, the European Commission and the Member States to tackle these challenges with a solid base of socio-economic evidence.
The scientific objective of this project is to exploit the synergies among the three infrastructures to their fullest extent and to leverage the synergies to influence the still rather fragmeneted landscape of the smaller infrastructures.
The UK Data Service is participating in the project as part of CESSDA AS. Its involvement builds on two specific areas of expertise with the UK Data Service: thesaurus management and big data support. It is leading Task 3.3 of Work Package 3: 'Maximising equivalence through translation', by conducting a comparative empircal assessment of keywords from the European Languages Social Science Thesaurus (ELSST), and contributing to Work Package 6: 'New forms of data - legal, ethical and quality issues'.
Project co-ordinator: Rory Fitzgerald, ESS ERIC
UK Data Service project lead: Matthew Woollard
UK Data Service project officers: Anne Etheridge, Herve L'Hours, Lorna Balkan
Funder: European Union - Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme
Dates: 1 July 2015 - 30 June 2019
European Social Survey European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ESS ERIC), UK
European Research Infrastructure Consortium Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE ERIC), Germany
CESSDA AS, Norway
Koninkluke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (KNAW), Netherlands
Stichting Kathokieke Universitet Brabant Universiteit van Tilburg (TiU), Netherlands
Universiteiit van Amsterdam (AvU), Netherlands