Addressing key challenges for cross-national data collection SERISS provides a platform for surveys to collaborate in tackling two key challenges facing cross-national data collection – generating comparable representative samples of the target population and achieving equivalence of meaning across countries through high-quality translation. Breaking down barriers between infrastructures By developing common technological platforms and creating shared online tools and resources SERISS aims to facilitate greater harmonisation of data collection, analysis and curation across social science infrastructures. Embracing the future of social sciences SERISS addresses the challenges and opportunities associated with new forms of data; investigates moving survey data collection online; and seeks to harness the power of automated text mining for improved data processing.

Synergies for Europe's Research Infrastructures in the Social Sciences (SERISS) is a four-year project that aims to strengthen and harmonise social science research across Europe.

Focused around three key themes – key challenges facing cross-national data collection, breaking down barriers between research infrastructures, and embracing the future of social sciences – SERISS will address issues relating to survey design and data collection, data management and curation from a collaborative, cross-national perspective. The project will better equip Europe’s social science data infrastructures to play a major role in addressing the key societal challenges facing Europe today and ensure that national and European policymaking is built on a solid base of the highest-quality socio-economic evidence.

The project, which continues to 2019, is coordinated by Rory Fitzgerald, Director of the European Social Survey Research Infrastructure Consortium (ESS ERIC) and involves collaboration with five other research infrastructures.

Latest news

Survey Codings workshop held in Venice

18th March 2019

Survey Codings tools, developed under Workpackage 8 of the SERISS project, were showcased at an event that took place at the University Ca’ Foscari in Venice last month (14-15) February.

Longitudinal analysis of panel data training course announced

5th October 2018

The fourth SERISS training course - Cross-national comparative research: Longitudinal analysis of panel data - will take place at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, on 18-19 February 2019.

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