A European Research Infrastructure Consortium – ERIC is a full legal entity under Union law. With a membership of at least one EU Member and two EU member or associated states, it has legal personality and full legal capacity recognized in all Member States. [WikiPedia]
Since 2016 five ERIC's (see below) are active in the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH).
Besides the building of the various infrastructures (i.e. the core activity), dissemination of the result and "getting involved potential users" , are important goals of all these ERIC's: without real users, an beautifull infrastructure becomes useless. In that light, a collaboration in terms of communications with between the five ERICs in the social sciences (CLARIN, DARIAH, ESS, SHARE and CESSDA) seemed a necessity in order to create synergies and draw on each others strengths. In addition, CLARIAH, a national counterpart to CLARIN and DARIAH in The Netherlands, which is directly and deeply embedded in the Europe-wide ESFRI enterprise, was brought on board as an important part of this initiative.
Communications staff from each ERIC as well as from CLARIAH therefore started working together on a draft plan for joint communication activities and have regular communication. A dedicated page as well as separate section for news from across the different institutions was set set up by the end of 2016, with other elements of the plan to come to life during the course of 2017.
Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives
CESSDA is one of the five “ESFRI Landmarks” in the Social Sciences and Humanities recognised in the ESFRI Roadmap 2016 and is aiming to become an ERIC (European Research Infrastructure Consortium) early 2017.
The key rationale for the European Research Infrastructure CESSDA is to maximise the availability of relevant data at both a national and multinational level for scientific research, and to provide access to data to promote scientific research in socially and politically relevant areas. Find out more at the CESSDA website
Eleanor's major responsibilities and duties at CESSDA are developing a communication strategy for CESSDA, setting up CESSDA’s communication activities and tools, as well as supporting CESSDA’s Service Providers and representing CESSDA’s policy work.
- became an ERIC in 2016.
- based in Bergen, Norway
- director: Ron Dekker.
Common Language and Resourche Infrastructure Network
The ultimate objective of CLARIN ERIC is to advance research in humanities and social sciences by giving researchers unified single sign-on access to a platform which integrates language-based resources and advanced tools at a European level. This shall be implemented by the construction and operation of a shared distributed infrastructure that aims at making language resources, technology and expertise available to the social sciences and humanities (henceforth abbreviated SSH) research communities at large.
The target user community for CLARIN consists of scholars in humanities and social sciences in the European Union and Associated states, and CLARIN is able to serve a broad range of user communities from these fields. Find out more at the CLARIN website
Sebastian is responsible for the dissemination of CLARIN:
- became an ERIC in 2012.
- based in Utrecht, The Netherlands
- director: Franciska de Jong
Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities
DARIAH is a pan-european infrastructure for arts and humanities scholars working with computational methods. It supports digital research as well as the teaching of digital research methods. It connects several hundreds of scholars and dozens of research facilities in currently 17 european countries, the DARIAH member countries. In addition DARIAH has several cooperating partner institutions in countries not being a member of DARIAH, and strong ties to many research projects across Europe. People in DARIAH provide digital tools and share data as well as know-how. They organize learning opportunities for digital research methods, like workshops and summer schools, and offer training materials for Digital Humanities. Find out more at the DARIAH website
Jakob Epler is responsible for the dissemination and outreach of DARIAH
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- became an ERIC in 2014.
- based in Göttingen, Germany
- Mike Mertens is the director of DARIAH
European Social Survey
The European Social Survey (ESS) is an academically driven cross-national survey that has been conducted across Europe since 2001. Every two years, face-to-face interviews are conducted with newly selected, cross-sectional samples.
The survey measures the attitudes, beliefs and behaviour patterns of diverse populations in more than thirty nations. The main aims of the ESS are:
- to chart stability and change in social structure, conditions and attitudes in Europe and to interpret how Europe’s social, political and moral fabric is changing;
- to achieve and spread higher standards of rigour in cross-national research in the social sciences, including for example, questionnaire design and pre-testing, sampling, data collection, reduction of bias and the reliability of questions;
- to introduce soundly-based indicators of national progress, based on citizens’ perceptions and judgements of key aspects of their societies;
- to undertake and facilitate the training of European social researchers in comparative quantitative measurement and analysis;
- to improve the visibility and outreach of data on social change among academics, policy makers and the wider public.
Stefan Swift is responsible for the dissemination and outreach of ESS
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- became an ERIC in 2013.
- based in London, United Kingdom
- Rory Fitzgerald is the director of ESS
Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe
The ratio of older people to total population is higher in Europe than on any other continent - and the phenomenon of population aging will continue well into this century. The Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE), whose first wave of data was collected in 2004, is the first study to examine the different ways in which people aged 50 and older live in twenty European countries from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean and in Israel.
SHARE aims to help researchers understand the impact of population ageing on European societies and thus to help policymakers make decisions on health, social and economic policy.
Find out more at the SHARE website
Verena Coscia is responsible for the dissemination and outreach of SHARE
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- became an ERIC in 2011.
- based in München, Germany
- Axel Börsch-Supan is the director of SHARE
Common Lab Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities
CLARIAH is a distributed research infrastructure facilitating digital applications and data for researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences in a sustainable and user-friendly manner. The CLARIAH infrastructure stimulates innovative research in the humanities. Find out more at the CLARIAH website
Arjan van Hessen is responsible for the dissemination of CLARIAH:
- became an national (DUTCH) infrastructure project in 2014.
- based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- director: Lex Heerma van Voss
- 17-01-2018 Call for Papers: CLARIN Annual Conference 2018
- 29-12-2017 CLARIN in the Low Countries has been published
- 19-12-2017 Data-Driven Musicology: Exploring Digital Resources Using Computational Tools and Methods
- 07-11-2017 University Lecturer Digital Humanities with focus on data-analysis and visualization
- 20-10-2017 META-FORUM 2017
- 13-10-2017 Music in the air
- 12-10-2017 Digital Humanities Day 2017
- 05-10-2017 The Social Lives of Digital Methods: Encounters, Experiments, Interventions
- 04-10-2017 Call for papers: QUALICO 2018
- 28-09-2017 CREATE Digital History Workshop