About Social Science Data Archives

The Slovenian Social Science Data Archives (Slovenski Arhiv Družboslovnih podatkov - ADP) were established in 1997 as an organizational unit within the Institute of Social Sciences at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana. Its tasks, are to acquire significant data sources within a wide range of social science disciplines of interest to Slovenian social scientists, review and prepare them for digital preservation, and to disseminate them for further scientific, educational and other purposes. From 1997 to 2003 its operations were funded by MZT (Ministry of Science and Technology) as a specialised information centre for social science. Since 2004, the funding of operations has been provided by MVZT (Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology) within the infrastructure programme "Network of research infrastructure centres at the University of Ljubljana". The Social Science Data Archive reports about its work to the Council of ADP (which consists of eminent social scientists), and ARRS (Slovenian Research Agency).

ADP has been a member of the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives – CESSDA since 1998. The organization is based on reciprocal professional and organizational support. It service users with access to research data from all over Europe. Data materials in ADP are stored and documented according to the international metadata standard DDI (Data Documentation Initiative). All study descriptions are accessible in a catalogue in Slovenian and English. Because of the use of DDI standard, records of ADP are also included in the catalogue of all catalogues - the CESSDA main catalogue. The global equivalent of this European organisation is IFDO (International Federation of Data).

ADP is the national representative of ICPSR (International-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) under promotional conditions (free of charge), which we would like to present to users as a special advantage.

ADP participated in regional frameworks to support new national initiatives and exchange expertise (e. g., The East European Data Archive Network - EDAN), ADP participated also in the preparatory project CESSDA PPP to build an integrated European social science infrastructure in the framework of ESFRI (European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures).

The EU FP7 project Data without Boundaries (DwB) is expected to commence in the spring of 2011. The aim of the project is to enhance cooperation between the academic data archives and statistical offices to provide access to official micro data for research. ADP is included as a partner organization.

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