The Greek Research Infrastructure So.Da.Net, which is already in implementation phase, it is based on the pre-existing network Social Data-Net. The current phase is the evolution of the research project entitled "Feasibility study for the construction of a National Research Network and its contribution in the development and exploitation of the European Research Infrastructure CESSDA RI". The main differentiation of this infrastructure -comparing with the previous one- is the transition to a model compatible with the documentation standard DDI3 (Data Documentation Initiative 3) regarding informatics and the institutional set-up and functioning of a cooperation framework composing of seven partners.
So.Da.Net network, follows Social Data Bank (SDB) of the National Centre for Social Research (EKKE) that pre-existed and within a timeframe of fifteen years has been linked and closely collaborated with the European data Archives. EKKE through SDB has participated to the European Consortium of Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA) since 2000.
The national research network Sodanet_Gr has been formed in 2012 and is consisted of the following 7 organisations:
1) National Centre for Social Research (EKKE) - Social Data Bank
2) University of the Aegean - Department of Sociology
3) National & Kapodistrian University of Athens - Department of Political Science & Public Administration
4) Panteion University - Department of Political Science and History
5) Democritus University of Thrace - Department of Social Administration & Political Science
6) University of Crete - Department of Sociology
7) University of Peloponnese - Department of Social & Educational Policy
The aforementioned structure depicts the network's development stage in 2015. The network is fully operational and growing. In the future, new members (organisations) may join the national research network.
What is So.Da.Net
The So.Da.Net network is the Greek research infrastructure for the social sciences.
So.Da.Net supports multidisciplinary research and promotes the acquisition, exchange, processing as well as dissemination of data deriving from and related to social science research.
Social science research datasets and metadata are being stored and documented based on a model compatible with DDI3 and DDI2 using Nesstar software, thus rendering them available to any interested user.
Data is sought and retrieved locally, via the repositories of its members, or through the So.Da.Net portal itself.
In addition to this, the research infrastructure of So.Da.Net provides e-learning services with regard to social research methodology, development of research infrastructures, as well as, data management–use of the research infrastructure data.
The services provided by So.Da.Net can be accessed freely online or under specific terms if need be depending on the request.
So.Da.Net has been incorporated along with the European Social Survey (ESS) into the ‘National Road Map of Research Infrastructures 2014-2020’ under the title CESSRI.