Bergen, 13th June 2019 – The 5th session of the CESSDA ERIC General Assembly was held in Norway, the host state of the CESSDA ERIC (Council of European Social Science Data Archives) statutory seat. The CESSDA ERIC is a European social sciences research infrastructure, which operates social science data archives, promotes research achievements in the social sciences and supports research in social sciences at the international level.
Future development strategy of the CESSDA ERIC was discussed during the meeting of the CESSDA ERIC General Assembly in particular. Greece and Northern Macedonia were accepted as new Members of the consortium. The CESSDA ERIC will thus bring together 20 Member States and further enlargement of the membership is expected in the future.
The CESSDA ERIC continues in a successful collaboration with the EOSC (European Open Science Cloud) – the CESSDA ERIC is represented in the EOSC Executive Board since November 2018; furthermore the CESSDA ERIC has become the coordinator of the SSHOC (Social Sciences and Humanities Open Cloud) project in early 2019. In 2018, CESSDA joined the European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities (EASSH).
In 2017, CESSDA adopted the legal framework of the European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC), with the Czech Republic being one of the founding Members of the consortium. Involvement of the Czech Republic in the CESSDA ERIC is provided by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports through the large research infrastructure CSDA (Czech Social Science Data Archive), coordinated by the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences. The CSDA is a national resource centre for the social science research, which acquires, processes and archives datasets from the social research and makes the data publicly available for purposes of secondary analysis in scientific research and training at universities.