The proposed act concerns the development of the research infrastructure and includes 7 sub-projects one for each partner of the Sodanet network, as follows:

Sub-Project 1 :  EKKE (National Centre for Social Research)

Sub-Project  2 : University of the Aegean

Sub-Project  3 : National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Sub-Project  4 : Panteion University

Sub-Project  5 : University of Crete

Sub-Project  6 : University of Peloponnese

Sub-Project  7 : Democritus University of Thrace

Each subproject consists of the following work packages:

WP1: Management and Financial Management of the project

WP2: Development, upgrading and rebuilding of Data and Documentation Packages

WP3: Development and upgrading of the Metadata Package

WP4: Development and upgrading of the Regulatory Framework for the Infrastructure

WP5: Development and upgrading of Educational Material and Training Programs

WP6: Develop, upgrade, and customize Software

WP7: Purchase of Software and Equipment

WP8: Infrastructure hosting and new applications on servers, data backups and metadata

WP 9: Project Publicity and Diffusion of the Research Outcomes

EKKE is the co-ordinator and participates in all Work Packages (WP), the University of the Aegean participates in all WPs except WP7 and WP8 and the other partners in WP1, WP2, WP3, WP5 and WP9.

The act concerns the upgrading of data and metadata in the existing infrastructure, through the development of applications for the management of new data types (eg documents), new thematic data from the smart specialization platform (RIS) sectors such as: tourism, environment, agri-nutrition , and core metadata concerning research components that may exist independently of research (eg terms, queries, variables, classifications). It concerns the further development and upgrading of educational material, whether it concerns research and data stored in the infrastructure, research methodology and data management or research infrastructure development and design. Upon completion of the project, the research infrastructure will operate under the new regulatory framework, which will be implemented taking into account the following: a) the existing regulatory framework, b) the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to be implemented in Greece in May 2018 and c) the prerequisites for the acquisition of Core Trust Seal Certification so that the Sodanet repository is a repository of certified specifications.

1 ΕΚΚΕ 464.900
2 ΑΙΓΑΙΟ 201.800
3 ΕΚΠΑ 85.000
4 ΠΑΝΤΕΙΟ 97.000
5 ΚΡΗΤΗ 75.000
6 ΠΑΠΕΛ 79.640
7 ΔΠΘ 63.000

Project Duration: 2018 - 2021

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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

Information technology offers social scientists enhanced possibilities in the areas of production, analysis and management of social data. Its utilization in social research has altered, significantly, the research infrastructures within the social sciences and rendered it especially important for empirical research. However, the development of research infrastructures for the social sciences is constrained by the methodological and theoretical limitations imposed by this field. Research infrastructures are defined as integrated environments developed and utilized by scientific networks aiming at the methodologically controlled production, analysis and management of large scale social data. One of the most important initiatives regarding the development of RIs in the area of social sciences is CESSDA (Council of European Social Science Data Archives).

The outcome of these initiatives in Greece was the creation of the Social Data Bank at the National Centre for Social Research, which is today an important research infrastructure in the area of social sciences and a member of CESSDA since 2000. The objective of this project is to study and appraise the possibility and feasibility as well as the prerequisites for the country’s participation in the upgrading of the Research Infrastructure of the Council of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA). The subject of this project is the elaboration of a feasibility study, as well as the development of a strategy for the redesign and utilization of the European Infrastructure at the national level. The feasibility study includes the design of a National Documentation System for Social Sciences that is constituted by a central node and local nodes of the 7 partners. The data provided by the local nodes to the Greek Central Node will be quantitative surveys, aggregate quantitative data or tabular data, qualitative data and even secondary data and indicators. In addition, the feasibility study of the Greek Research Infrastructure comprises of a study on the institutional framework for its operation, as well as a cost analysis study.

The project has been funded by the OP “Competitiveness & Entrepreneurship II” Duration: 20/01/2010 – 30/11/2010. Coordinator: University of the Aegean - Department of Sociology, Partners: National Centre for Social Research-SDB, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens – Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Democritus University of Thrace – Department of Social Administration and Political Science, Panteion University – Department of Political Science and History, University of Peloponnese – Department of Social and Educational Policy, University of Crete – Department of Sociology

Node for Secondary Processing: Node Development for the Secondary Processing and Management of Socio-Economic Data and Indicators

The aim of the project under the title “Node Development for Secondary Processing and Management of Socio-Economic Data and Indicators” is to develop the appropriate research infrastructure for the support of secondary data processing. The title given to this infrastructure is the “Node for Secondary Processing (NSP)”. The NSP will support the integration of social data produced under independently designed research surveys. However, this integration is always limited to restricted subject matter fields. For each research field, a subject matter database will be designed, which will also incorporate research results and other relevant information. More specifically NSP must meet the following functional requirements:
  • Support technical harmonisation and integration of survey data from many different sources,
  • Establish standards for the description and metadata management of large-scale comparative surveys over space and time,
  • Contribute the best practice in survey data resource sharing and data distribution and facilitate a “next generation” perspective and analysis of large amounts of data in order to increase empirical evidence and knowledge about European and global socio-economic developments. 

The project has two main outputs: a. The development of a metadata management environment for the support of secondary data processing, the Node for Secondary Processing (NSP), b. The development of the digital content for specific subject matter fields. The project has been funded by OP “Competitiveness & Entrepreneurship”. Duration: 2002-2005. Implementing organization: EKKE. 


Social DataNet: Network for the development of comparative research and secondary analysis

The aim of the SOCIALDATANET network is to examine the difficulties in the development of comparative empirical research in Greece, to set-up the conditions for a sustainable cooperation among organizations involved in the field of comparative research and secondary analysis, as well as to extend the network with new members in the years to come in order to further contribute to the development and operation of research infrastructures.
The main operations of the network within the framework of this project are: a) dissemination of information and training on scientific practices, production, analysis, documentation, homogenization and dissemination of data utilized in comparative empirical research at the international level,  b) orientation on the possibilities provided by research infrastructures regarding the development of empirical research, c) forum for discussion within the network of the difficulties (technical, financial, institutional, cultural) that comparative research has to tackle with, as well as, the adoption of concrete scientific practices in our country, and d) exploring further network collaborations aiming at the development of research infrastructures for comparative empirical research and secondary data analysis. The network has been funded by the General Secretariat for Research & Technology, OP “Competitiveness-“Human research networks and Technological Education, B cycle” within the frame of the Third Community Support Framework.
Duration: 2007-2008. Coordinator: University of the Aegean, Partners: National & Kapodistrian University of Athens - Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Panteion University - Department of Political Science and History and MRB HELLAS-SA. The development of SOCIALDANET activities were based on the services provided by the Social Data Bank of EKKE, a research infrastructure open to the research community with which all network members had collaborated in the past. Within the framework of this project 70 graduate and postgraduate students have been trained to the RIs’ services as well as to the social research methodology.  

Multilingual Access to Data Infrastructures of the European Research Area (MADIERA)

The overarching objectives of the project can be summarized hereafter: The development of an integrated and effective distributed social science portal to facilitate access to a range of data archives and disparate resources. The employment of a multi-lingual thesaurus to break the language barriers to the discovery of key resources. The development of specific add-ons to existing virtual data library technologies, in particular, data location technologies and a metadata standard for scientific empirical material. An extensive programme to add content, both at the data/information and knowledge levels. Extensive training of data providers and users to encourage the continuous growth of the infrastructure.

The portal provides access to an unprecedented quantity of social sciences quantitative datasets using an easy to use Web interface. It harvests statistical datasets and variables published on the Semantic Web from all the largest European social sciences data archives, organizes them using a set of multilingual thesauri and taxonomies and makes them available through a responsive and highly customizable Web interface. The overall goal of the MADIERA project is to develop an effective infrastructure for the European social science community by integrating data with other tools, resources and products of the research process. The Madiera project has provided a common integrated interface to the resources of the majority of the existing 20+ social science data archives in Europe. The infrastructure will, as the Web itself, have the capacity to grow and diversify even after the initial construction period. Indeed, one of the main objectives of the project is to create a sustainable system, nurtured by the collective energy of the data and knowledge producing communities of the European Research Area.
The Madiera project is funded by the European Commission under the Fifth Framework program. Duration: 2002-2005. Coordinator: Norwegian Social Science Data Services (NSD)-Norway, Partners: seven Archives for Social science data-CESSDA members: UK Data Archive (UK_DA) -UK, Danish Data Archive (DDA) –Denmark, Finnish Social Science Data Archive (FSD) –Finland, SIDOS –Switzerland, GSDB/EKKE -Greece, Zentralarchiv (ZA) –Germany as well as Nesstar Limited. More: 

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